Animal Care Services

Animal Welfare
6:17 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

New Partnership Brings Hope To Thousands Of City Dogs

Lotus is one of the many dogs transferred from ACS ready for adoption
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

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.”

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Animal Welfare
11:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

City Providing Low-Cost Microchipping For Pets

Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

The city has initiated a push today to microchip pets.

It is the equivalent of a dog’s wallet or a cat’s purse. The microchip technology identifies each animal with its name, pet owner, address and phone number so it can be returned in case its gets lost in the future.

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City Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Served With Lawsuit Claiming Women Did Not Receive Fair Pay At ACS

Credit City of San Antonio

The city of San Antonio has now officially been served a lawsuit that claims two women at Animal Care Services were paid significantly less than their male colleagues doing the same jobs.

Their attorney, Lawrence Morales, points to clear evidence that the city violated the Equal Pay Act. He feels confident about data he said shows his clients were compensated less than the male managers at the city's Animal Care Services department.

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The Source - May 20, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Source: Land Of The Roaming Dogs

Credit Flikr User: theunquietlibrarianhttp://bit.ly/1nlCUhn / cc

2,924 San Antonio citizens were bitten by an animal, from mostly dogs, last year. The city tied for second worst in the nation. Over 25,000 dogs were hit and killed by cars, and 29,000 were put in the pound. It seems San Antonio has an inexhaustible supply of dogs and the city estimates there are 150,000 strays here.

The city is pushing responsible ownership practices this week as they raise awareness of dog bites. What can be done about our city before it becomes the land of the roaming dogs?

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Animal Welfare
9:19 am
Fri February 7, 2014

ACS Focusing On Areas With Most Bite/Stray Calls For Neighborhood Information Sweeps

City Council District 1 (orange) is the target of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative this weekend.
City of San Antonio

The City of San Antonio's Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative continues this weekend to deliver responsible pet ownership info and resources directly to residents.

City Council District 1 is being targeted for the initiative this weekend.

Records kept by Animal Care Services of the high-risk neighborhoods pinpoint those with the most bite reports and the most stray animal calls. They deploy staff and volunteers to the targeted area to go door-to-door with education, awareness, and enforcement.

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Animal Welfare
4:32 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Buddy The Dog Released Pending Appeal Of Euthanasia Order

Photo of buddy from the rally's Facebook page.
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Animal-rights activists say public outcry has given a dog named Buddy another reprieve. But a local group is planning to work to bring about more awareness to state law that they say is too broad.

In a case that’s come to be known as "Buddy the Dog," the Golden Retriever’s owners are seeking a permanent resolution to keep him from being euthanized.

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Animal Welfare
11:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

ACS Director Addresses Euthanasia Concerns At Little-Known Brooks Facility

Kelly Plessala took pictures of the animals at Brooks in an effort to help them get adopted. She estimates she saved about 1,000 dogs by including their profiles on Facebook and her website.
Kelly Plessala

The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services operates a dog shelter facility on the Southside at Brooks City-Base. In its three year history, it hasn't attracted much attention. It was used for overflow from the main campus located off Hwy 151 near the San Antonio Food Bank.

Several weeks ago the Brooks facility transitioned from an overflow shelter to quarantine. It is now responsible for holding animals for bite or cruelty cases.

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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
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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