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.
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:
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.
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.
Drummers and dancers dressed in brightly-colored costumes from the percussion and dance company, Samba Vida, helped celebrate an accomplishment never before achieved by San Antonio’s Animal Care Services.
The award for saving 1,384 more dogs and cats than the same three months in 2011 – August, September, and October – garnered the shelter a $100,000 prize.
But the real prize, said ACS Director Kathy Davis, is the animals that are happy and healthy today because of the community’s efforts to choose adoption.
Two weeks ago at the Animal Defense League, 33 new residents were rescued from the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services. The dogs were orphaned by the death of their owner, and the ADL found that they had been well cared for and were adoptable.
However, not all dogs are so lucky. Spokesman Hugo Vital said ADL actively works on getting more foster homes for pets.