Animals

TPR Presents
12:29 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

TPR Presents: Petstravaganza!

TPR members Christine Saalbach and Thurber, who was a member before we started the pet memberships.
TPR

TPR invites pet members and other members with pets to join us from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, August 10 at Los Patios to celebrate our pet friends.

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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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The Source - April 4, 2013
6:46 am
Thu April 4, 2013

The Source: Taking Steps Toward Being A "No-Kill" City

Animals like this dog at the Animal Defense League, a no-kill shelter in San Antonio, need to be adopted so the shelter doesn't reach capacity.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

In the first segment:

Guests - Kathy Davis, director of Animal Care Services, and Gavin Nichols, San Antonio Area Foundation

In 2006 San Antonio had the highest pet-euthanasia rate in the country, killing 13,560 animals.  Last year it was 383.  While we aren't yet considered a no-kill city, we have made a lot of progress.  

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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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Texas Legislature
3:36 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Proposed Bills Would Shutter Gas Chamber For Texas Pets And Strays

I-Hwa Chang for KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:11 pm

More than 100,000  cats and dogs are euthanized every year in Texas shelters. Euthanasia by carbon monoxide – essentially a gas chamber –  is still common practice in nearly 30 shelters.  

Within the last five years, almost 30 Texas cities banned gas chambers, switching from carbon monoxide to lethal injection. Pennsylvania and Louisiana banned gas chambers statewide last year.Description: --break->

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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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Science & Technology
9:00 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Questions Raised About Chimpanzees Used in Bio-Research

At San Antonio's Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Marabel Vasquez is monkeying around—but that's her job. She is the chimpanzees' behavioral specialist at the private research facility. She visits with the chimps, provides environmental enrichment and assesses their social dynamics.

On this January morning, it's overcast and 38 degrees, but the chimps brave the cold. Many are outside in their enclosed play area and welcome Marabel with hoots.

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