Animal Care Services

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Animal Care Services is one of the agencies with increased funding in the budget approved by City Council last week. ACS will use those funds to expand some pilot programs it says are working to forward its mission.

“Which is increasing that live release rate, while enforcing the laws controlling the stray animal population and providing education and outreach,” says ACS Director Heber Lefgren.

The Animal Care Services budget for the coming fiscal year is $13.8 million. That’s $900,000 more than the agency got this year.

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The City of San Antonio officially reached 'No-Kill' status in December of last year, but recently fell below the 90 percent Live Release required to maintain that status.

However, Animal Care Services officials point out that they are still on track for reaching 90 percent again. Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said that 'No-Kill' is not "Once and Done." 

 She says the live release rate dipped to 88 percent in April, but as the community works with the city, the rate is expected to go up again soon. She adds that No-Kill is a partnership goal with the community, and micro-chipping animals helps the effort by ensuring that if a pet gets away, it can be identified and returned to its owner or re-homed. / Animal Care Services

San Antonio’s Animal Care Services Department has reached the nationally accepted “No Kill” standard. ACS achieved a 90 percent live release rate for all animals coming into the shelter last month, and January placement rates are on the same track.

BELLMEAD, Texas — After a Central Texas animal control officer was bitten by a rabid skunk last week, police are asking anyone who believes they may have come into contact with the animal to call them.

Bellmead police Detective Kory Martin tells the Waco-Tribune Herald that the animal control officer was bitten while trying to capture the animal on March 10.

The skunk then taken to the Waco Animal Shelter, where it tested positive for rabies. Bellmead is a town of about 9,000 people located just northeast of Waco.

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The Animal Defense League of Texas and the City’s Animal Care Services Department have entered into a new multimillion-dollar partnership to prevent dogs from being euthanized. 

The ADL now has three new buildings to take in dogs from the ACS — one for puppies, and two for adult dogs. The city’s 2012 bond program allowed for $2 million toward the construction of these kennels.

ACS Director Kathy Davis said it would allow thousands of dogs to be saved. “We are so close to no kill that we think that this is final jewel in the crown, which will launch us to that level.”