Animal care services are a driving force in saving the lives of more pets

Could you acknowledge the good work of San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS)? So much social media paints them in a negative light which is not fair.

Linda

Dear Linda,

Absolutely. People tend to think of old-fashioned urban shelters when in fact today they are often the driving force in saving more lives in most communities.

So far this fiscal year, the live release rate of ACS (the number of animals that leave the shelter through adoption, foster care, or transfer to a rescue group or other shelter) is 89% with 2,086 animals adopted, 4,922 animals rescued/transferred and 2,565 animals returned to their owners.

A shelter is considered “no kill” when it can save 90% of its pets. This level of rescue requires highly committed personnel who keep the pedal to the metal by providing services and resources to the community and their rescue partners every day.

Each year, ACS offers 3,000 free community surgeries for cats. They maintain their own colony of community cats on campus as well as a barn cat program that adopts community cats to corporations and businesses willing to provide forever care in exchange for a community cat’s prowess in controlling pests. rodents.

Every day, ACS provides free and inexpensive sterilization and vaccination services to the public. Residents living in low-income ZIP codes are often entitled to free services. Microchips are free if you live in San Antonio and cost $5 if you don’t.

ACS also partners with the Animal Defense League to hold free monthly vaccination clinics in underserved areas.

A new program that will go live later this year is the CASA (Community Animal Support and Assistance Program) initiative. Through this program, ACS staff will help pet owners comply with San Antonio pet laws. This will mostly be pet owners who want to keep their pets but need a little help doing so. Services may include assistance with medical care, including neutering surgery, vaccinations and microchips, as well as help with weatherproof shelters and providing humane tethers for outdoor dogs .

As for the people who work there, Lisa Norwood, PR and Outreach Manager, “We care, and we care hard. Every day we see the worst we as humans can do to pets in our community, and we always come back to work the next day.

It’s hard work and we should be grateful to the people who show up every day to care for homeless pets in our community. For more information about their services or reports, visit sanantonio.gov/Animal-Care.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, author, columnist, and pet expert. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to [email protected]

Boyd S. Abbott