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Foster 500 Off to a Roaring Start!!

Thanks to Jeanne Saadi, Volunteer Services Coordinator at Animal Care Services for letting us borrow her announcement.

Animal No KillOn March 16, UTSA and local high school students joined the TalkAboutIt campaign and Animal Care Services (ACS) to spread the word about the need for foster homes at ACS. We tweeted, facebooked, blogged, emailed, called and had a live video stream on Ustream all day (you can watch the recorded version here: http://www.ustream.com/user/foster500)

We had a lot of media coverage for this, which should air on just about every channel this evening. Keep your eyes open. If you know someone who is interested in fostering or just learning more about it, they can call 399-4848, ext. 1 or visit the Foster 500 website to learn more and fill out an online foster application.

We expect to start getting a lot of inquiries about it beginning tonight and tomorrow following the news broadcasts. This program will reward people for fostering pets by offering incremental awards (coupons, gift certificates, t-shirts, etc.) for successfully fostering pets (i.e. after 5 successful fosters, they receive a coupon for a free pizza. After 10, they receive a Foster500 t-shirt, etc.).

We estimate it would take 500 foster homes to make ACS a no-kill shelter. It’s an easy and fun way for the community to get involved. Please don’t hesitate to mention this option to people as they are looking at the pets in our shelter.

Thanks for everything!!

For more information contact Gavin Nichols, Program Officer for the San Antonio Area Foundation Animal No Kill Initiative.  Phone: 210-242 4720.

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Animal No Kill Initiative-How are we doing?

Dear Friends,

The San Antonio Area Foundation’s Animal No Kill Initiative is pleased to provide the calendar Quarter 4 2010 report of the goals and status of our City’s Animal Care Strategic Plan.

Talk About ItThis report shows statistics from Animal Care Services for January through December 2010 across all components of the No Kill program. The statistics for Feral Cats and Spay/Neuter Surgeries are those reported by the high volume spay/neuter clinics in San Antonio.

The statistics for Adoption, Rescue Groups, Pet Retention, and Volunteers are from the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services reports.

In addition, this report provides the San Antonio Area Foundation grants awarded to nonprofit agencies for No Kill related projects and the gifts received into our Animal No Kill Fund through Q4 2010.

The report is distributed to the office of the Mayor, the office of each City Councilperson, the City Manager’s office, the office of each member of the Bexar County Commissioners Court, each member of the Animal Care Services Advisory Board, each member of the Animal No Kill Consortium of Partners, and each member of the San Antonio Area Foundation Animal Services Community Advisory Committee.

For more information on the Area Foundation’s role in the 2012 No Kill Goal visit the San Antonio Area Foundation website.

Gavin Nichols

If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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Learn and Serve at UTSA

Animal No Kill InitiativeI am still sky high from the Learn and Serve presentation this morning. Learn and Serve is a UTSA Master of Public Administration service learning program for which they were awarded a $50K grant from the Animal No Kill Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation this year. In this program, MPA graduate students are mentoring high school student groups to plan and execute projects that will have an impact on the No Kill effort that we have underway in San Antonio. The program is led by the Co-Directors of the LEARN from each other AND SERVE San Antonio: No Kill Project: Molly Cox, Director of the Center for Policy Studies and Dr. Renee Nank, Assistant Professor of Public Administration.

There are eight area high schools participating in the Learn and Serve program: Lanier, Highlands, Southwest, Edison, Memorial, Roosevelt, Harlandale, and East Central. Each high school presented its project description and plans. They were each outstanding! The students all showed that they understand the essence of the pet overpopulation problem, and have projects that address the root causes of the problem. Each of them had components of community education about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and what residents must do to practice responsible pet ownership.

The projects included pet festivals (“petstivals”), block walks, spay/neuter clinics, and fundraising to provide vouchersAnimal no kill initiative for more clinics. The high school groups will work with ACS, SpaySA, ADL, the SA Humane Society, Rackspace, and others to accomplish their project goals. Several of them are also including other student groups and their school’s Art Departments in their projects to get help and share in the fundraising. One of the high school groups plans to make a movie of local dogs and promote it to You Tube. These student groups have all set high goals and they have very concrete, specific plans to achieve them. They have shown that they are willing to work together to address the problem that adults in our community have been unable or unwilling to address. I hope that they will shame the adults in the community into getting on board with them.

Edison High SchoolThe general mood in the auditorium this morning was exciting and infectious. The students were very excited and proud about what they are doing. When I saw them, listened to their presentations, and saw the support from their fellow students in the audience, I truly felt that the future of our City, and our Country, is in good hands.

Several members of our Consortium were in the audience this morning: Chris Bellows, Dr. Jo Ann Gonzalez, Marcy Lynch, Kathie McGowan, and Lisa McGrath. I also saw Cynthia Martinez from the San Antonio Humane Society, Rocsy Acosta and Hugo Vital from the Animal Defense League, Ronnie Guest and Vincent Medley from Animal Care Services, Karen Pearce from Alamo City Bully Breeds United, and Elsa Gonzales and Mollie Walker from Drew-Walker on hand. Assistant City Manager Erik Walsh and City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor were also present. They Area Foundation was well represented by Crystal Del Bosque, Bernice Uresti, and Reggie Williams. I believe there is a tremendous amount of interest and high hopes in what these students are doing.

Gavin

If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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San Antonio Animal No Kill 3rd Quarter Stats

San Antonio Animal No KillThe San Antonio Area Foundation Animal No Kill Initiative is pleased to announce the Quarter 3, 2010 report of the goals and status of City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Strategic Plan. This report presents statistics related to the components of the No Kill Equation, developed by Nathan Winograd and the No Kill Advocacy Center.

This report shows statistics from Animal Care Services (ACS) for January through September 2010 across all components of the No Kill program. The statistics for Feral Cats and Spay/Neuter Surgeries are those reported by the high volume spay/neuter clinics in San Antonio. In addition, it reports the San Antonio Area Foundation grants awarded to nonprofit agencies for No Kill related projects and the gifts received into our Animal No Kill Fund through Q3 2010.

The report on the goals and status of City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Strategic Plan is distributed to the office of the Mayor, the office of each City Councilperson, the City Manager’s office, the Bexar County Commissioners Court Government Relations office, each member of the Animal Care Services Advisory Board, each member of the Animal No Kill Consortium of Partners, and each member of the San Antonio Area Foundation Animal Services Community Advisory Committee.

This document provides an update of the community-wide goals for the No Kill Equation and grants awarded from Area Foundation funds that help achieve the No Kill goal.

In the report, you will see that San Antonio has made good progress in the areas of Feral Cats, High-Volume Low Cost Spay/Neuter, and Volunteers. Although progress is being made in the areas of Live Release: Comprehensive Adoptions, Rescue Groups, and Pet Retention, we are under the goals that we need to meet to achieve No Kill in San Antonio by 2012.

The numeric and percent of intake goals in the 2010 Goal column for Rescue Groups, Comprehensive Adoption Programs, Pet Retention, and Compassionate Director are based on actual intake of animals at the Animal Care Services shelter. Numeric goals for Feral Cat TNR Program and High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter are based on the estimated number of sterilizations needed to achieve zero stray and free-roaming animal population growth.

We have put several dog and cat lifesaving programs into place:

Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW) are in their third year of holding Super Adoption events with ACS, San Antonio Humane Society, Animal Defense League of Texas, and many rescue groups. The first Super Adoption event was held in December 2007 with 101 animals adopted. In 2010 to date, AAPAW has held 12 adoption events with 679 dogs and cats adopted. Several adoption events are planned for the 4th quarter.

• Two nonprofit groups, ACS Lifesavers and Alamo Rescue Friends, organized the first animal transport event to occur in San Antonio. Nine dogs from ACS were transported to Vermont and New Hampshire where there is actually a shortage of shelter animals. Shelters in New England and some other parts of the country actually have waiting lists, so these dogs were sent knowing that there are people waiting to adopt them. A second transport was conducted in August, when 16 dogs were sent to participating humane societies in New Hampshire. ACS Lifesavers and ARF plan to conduct these transports every other month.

• Our second No Kill PR campaign, “Talk About It!,” was launched with a press conference on August 10th and an executive breakfast to promote it to the business community on August 31st. The purpose of the campaign is to promote responsible pet care, adoption, and spay/neuter (“Care. Adopt. Neuter.”). It features social media, traditional media, a website (www.talkaboutitsa.org), and a grass roots campaign. The grass roots campaign includes “Pet Fiestas” and Spay/Neuter clinics in various council districts.

• Pet Fiestas were held in Council Districts 2 and 3 in August and September.

• ACS Mobile and SpaySA Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital (MASH) spay/neuter clinics were held in Council Districts 2, 3, and 7 in August and September, including a “Spay/Neuter Week” hosted by Red McCombs Superior Hyundai. 278 free surgeries were provided to local residents by these clinics.

• Because of the success of these events, the Mayor sponsored a Pet Fiesta, Spay/Neuter Clinic, and Adoption Event at City Hall on October 30th. Councilman David Medina also held a similar event for Council District 5.

Gavin

If you would like to get involved with our animal no kill efforts, please email Gavin Nichols, Program Officer–Community Initiatives or phone 210.242.4720.

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