Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare
12:13 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Newest Pet Adoption Center In San Antonio Sets Ambitious First-Year Goal

Who could resist this face?
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions is now open at Brackenridge Park and leaders are hoping the fresh design will make an impact on adoptions in a city that has struggled with animal overpopulation.

"We want this to be a destination [and] not just only for adoptions," said Joel Mclellan, the director of operations for the center.

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Animal Welfare
9:41 am
Tue October 15, 2013

ADL Expanding Veterinary Hospital To Accommodate Additional Population

Animals often are suffering from serious illness or injuries that must be treated before they are put up for adoption.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Animal Defense League breaks ground this week on a future Hospital Recovery Kennel. The new hospital space is needed to accommodate the 3,100 animals the city will start sending ADL late next year.

The Animal Defense League was awarded a contract to take on an additional number of animals picked up by the city, along with funding to build kennels to hold those animals. But the $2.2 million from the city’s bond package pays just for the holding kennels.

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Animal Welfare
2:52 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Talk About It! Brings No-Kill Conversation To Pearl Stable Tonight

Sunny, foster dog adopted 2010.

The Talk About It! campaign continues its no-kill conversation tonight at the Pearl Stable, where one of the nation’s top no-kill experts will speak and answer questions.

The San Antonio Area Foundation’s campaign to make San Antonio a no-kill city has become an integral part of the community’s overall effort to increase the number of pet adoptions and reduce the stray population.

Talk About It! spokesman Gavin Nichols said the numbers prove the efforts are working:

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Animal Welfare
4:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Dog Requires Surgery From Apparent Abuse, Neglect

"Shooter" was found roaming around on the side of a highway. A Good Samaritan turned him in, where it was discovered he would need surgery to remove a safety pin.
Animal Care Services

San Antonio's Animal Care Services is now tending to the medical needs of a puppy found roaming on the side of a local highway.

Surgery will be required for the dog, named "Shooter" by ACS.

Shooter was found along 410 and Highway 90. ACS’ Lisa Norwood says Shooter was roaming around until picked up by a Good Samaritan.

It wasn’t long before the staff at ACS noticed a huge gash in Shooter’s neck, along with a safety pin.

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Animal Welfare
9:01 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Animal Care Services To Evaluate Free Spay/Neuter Zip Codes

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio Animal Care Services will soon be reevaluating the areas where the highest animal problems are being reported.

Using a geographic information system, Animal Care Services collects all kinds of information about the city's stray animal population, where the highest number of bite cases are coming from, and where deceased animals are being found.

Public Information Officer Lisa Norwood said that information helps focus the department's efforts.

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Animal Welfare
7:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Camp I-Wanna Pet Adoptions This Weekend

Success! Adopted!
Eileen Pace TPR

This is the weekend for Camp I-Wanna Pet for families who have been thinking of adopting.

With its admittedly corny catch-phrase, “a pet that will love you 's‘more' than anything,” Lisa Norwood with Animal Care Services said the city hopes to draw in more adoptive families than usual with Camp I-Wanna Pet this weekend only.

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Independence Day
4:32 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Tips For Keeping Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks Shows

Chris Eudaily TPR News

Although we like to take our pups along on outdoor outings, it's better to leave them at home for the fireworks shows. Pets don’t do well with fireworks – and many new pet owners may not realize just what a danger it is to them.

Pets don't like loud noises, and Animal Care Services advises pet owners 

  to not leave them outside, even if it is in a fenced yard.

Pets who have never been aggressive might become biters when they are frightened, and pets who stay in the yard normally might jump the fence and try to get away when they hear fireworks.

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Animal Welfare
8:56 am
Sat June 1, 2013

San Antonio 2012-2017 Bond Fund Aims To Propel City To No-Kill Status

Puppies have special health needs. New kennels to be opened next year will house 3,200 additional animals from the city's Animal Care Services.
Eileen Pace

 The City of San Antonio has approved an ordinance under the 2012 Bond Program to save the lives of more stray dogs and cats.

The General Obligation Bond funds are designated for construction of new kennels to increase the City’s capacity to house roaming pets. The Request for Proposal allowed for the kennels to be built off-site and run by an independent organization, and The Animal Defense League successfully responded to the RFP. The Animal Defense League says its new $2.2-million dollar facility will move the city closer to the goal of becoming a “No-Kill” city.

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Animal Welfare
3:50 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Saturday's District 4 Big Fix Offers Free Spay, Neuter And Micro-Chipping

Eileen Pace TPR

San Antonio’s Animal Care Services and half a dozen veterinarians are preparing a makeshift operating room at Millers Pond Community Center Saturday afternoon.

The second annual Big Fix already has 300 pets signed up as of noon Friday for the free program.

City Councilman Rey Saldaña said said he saw a need for thinking outside the box when he was knocking on doors during his first campaign for city council.

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Animal Welfare
8:07 am
Tue February 12, 2013

How The Road To Rhinoceros Conservation Leads To San Antonio

Javan Rhinoceros
Digo Souza / Flickr

For Huyen Hoang and his identical twin brother -- who also has the same name -- the plight of the Asian rhinoceros was all but unknown, until one day a news report featured images of a Javan rhino poached for it’s horn.

Like many of us, the Portland State University undergraduate was unaware of the increasing black market for rhinoceros horn, and the keratin inside it. The price has jumped so high it at times rivals gold; by some estimates reaching $65,000 a kilogram.

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