San Antonio Pets Alive!

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A fast growing transport program for dogs, started 18 months ago by San Antonio Pets Alive!, is reaching new heights – literally. It begins Friday morning at Kelly Field.

“We’re taking flight for the very very first time,” said Marketing and Events Manager Erika Mullins. “We’re working with a great organization called Dog Is My CoPilot. It’s a transport of 62 dogs and they’re going to Idaho.”

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San Antonio Pets Alive! went to the City of San Antonio for emergency funding of $500,000 this summer. The pet adoption organization has helped the city strive to achieve"No-Kill" status, but struggled with its finances and a revolving door of leadership.

The city put up $375,000 with the understanding that it would put out an RFP on the city-owned Paul Jolly Center. The city then chose another organization, the Animal Defense League, to take over operations at the centrally located center for adoptions.

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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 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.