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SNIPSA’s Big Fix

The San Antonio Area Foundation is pleased to welcome as a guest blogger Shannon Espy, DVM, Top Dog at SNIPSA.

SNIPSA is an organization formed by a group of veterinarians and caring individuals dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted animals in San Antonio and the surrounding area. SNIPSA does not have a standing shelter and instead depends on a core of volunteers to foster and rehabilitate animals in their homes.  Dr. Espy, her staff and volunteers work tirelessly to make San Antonio an Animal No Kill by 2012.

Dear Big Fix supporters,

This is a belated thank you from our last event in late January. Life at SNIPSA is busy as always. Well we broke all records performing 224 spays/neuters, 94 of which were female dog spays. Yes that is right, 94 fewer females reproducing on the streets. And if you think about the exponential number of offspring this prevented, we did quite a good deed.

The amazing thing was we were pretty much finished with surgery by late afternoon. The challenge is always finding enough experienced technicians to keep up with the efficiency of the doctors. Each time we learn a little more and tweak things here and there. It is always nice to have new faces- a new veterinarian at discharge to help answer questions and our old-timer military veterinarian was back to work recovery. We trapped a handful of cats and continued to work on a colony throughout the following week.

While blockwalking, we discovered a very sick dog suffering from distemper. She could barely stand and was doing her best to get around in an open field. We left her a can of cat food and returned the following days to check on her. If you remember, this was the day before the Arctic front hit. So knowing she would most likely succumb to the elements, we ventured back out and found her lying on a discarded mattress. She also had a well-loved television tube decorated with graffiti adjacent to her mattress. She weighed all of 25 lbs or so and should have weighed at least 50. Every rib was in plain view. Dr. Neelish was kind enough to take her to his hospital and give her a fighting chance. She is still with us today though we know this is a debilitating disease and her chances of making a full recovery are very slim.

I share this story because this is the very thing we are working diligently to prevent. Just one vaccine would have spared this poor dog. Every Big Fix, there is a new set of circumstances and group of animals we encounter. Many have mange, are pregnant, lived tethered, and just basically get by. We are so busy during the day that it is often difficult to reflect about the good we are doing. But when the dust settles the following day, I am awed by everyone’s compassion and commitment. I know we are doing God’s work serving people who have less than we do. And in blockwalking, we are reminded of that even more.

I want to personally thank each of you that participate in our Big Fix days. You are an integral cog in their success. To date we have sterilized, vaccinated, and microchipped 1442 dogs/cats since May 2009. We plan on going strong this next year.

With appreciation,

Shannon Espy, DVM

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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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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San Antonio Works Together for Animal No Kill

Friends,

Here is an uplifting Animals Matter blog by Cathy Rosenthal at the San Antonio Express News.

As much as we beat ourselves and each other up in the local animal welfare community, San Antonio is doing much good work, especially when compared with many other cities.

Animal No KillIn addition to what is in the linked article, I would like to point out that December 2010 was a great month for Live Release at Animal Care Services. ACS had 377 Adoptions and 727 Live Releases. Both of those numbers are the highest monthly totals dating back to July 2008 when I first started tracking these numbers. That is good news! Let’s go out and do even better!

Hopefully, this gives us some validation of the work we are doing and encourages us to go out and make 2011 the best year ever for making San Antonio a No Kill community!

To learn more about what No Kill means and why it is important read this blog by Laura McKieran

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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Good Samaritan Center Pet Fiesta

Talk About It

Celebrate the end of 2010 with your pets, family and friends at the Talk About It! Pet Fiesta on December 11th, at the Good Samaritan Center from 11am-3:00pm.

There will be great pet obedience and training demonstrations, impressive weight pulls, plus food, fun, & games galore! The entire family will enjoy this exciting event, including your pets as they are welcome to attend as long as they are leashed or in a crate.

Bully Breeds Need Love and River City Weight Pull Club will lead all of the fun and informative pet care activities. We hope to see everyone there to support Talk About It! and enjoy the last Pet Fiesta for this year!

Together San Antonio C.A.N. Talk About It! – Care. Adopt. Neuter.

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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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UTSA Today Story

UTSA, students, city leaders team up to curtail shelter animal problem

(Nov. 1, 2010)–Nine UTSA graduate students and more than 100 local high school students are joining forces to help the city of San Antonio reach its 2012 no-kill goal.

UTSA Today Story.

Red McCombs Superior Hyundai to Offer Free Spay/Neuter Clinics

Free spay/neuter clinic

WHO:     Red McCombs Superior Hyundai along with SpaySA, Animal Care Services, the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), and the San Antonio Humane Society.

WHAT:    Will host 5 FREE spay/neuter clinics at the Red McCombs Superior Hyundai dealership.

WHERE:  At Red McCombs Superior Hyundai, 4800 N.W. Loop 410

WHEN:    Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17

HOW:      To make an appointment, citizens will call the Talk About It! campaign spay/neuter line at (210) 399-4848.

WHY:    To Support the Talk About It! campaign to make San Antonio a No Kill community for dogs and cats.  Red McCombs also wants to challenge  other area businesses to participate in the campaign.

The good folks at Red McCombs Superior Hyundai agreed to support the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Talk About It! campaign immediately after hearing Mayor Julian Castro speak at the Talk About It! Executive Breakfast on Tuesday, August 31st.

 “Reducing the number of homeless pets in our community is something I think we can all agree upon,” says Speedy Gonzalez, VP of Operations at Red McCombs. “We wanted to be one of the first businesses to show our support and demonstrate that as a community, we can come together to solve our pet overpopulation problems.”

About: The Talk About It! campaign, a bilingual, multi-channel grassroots effort, aims to make San Antonio a No Kill community by promoting spay/neuter, adoption and responsible pet care. The program is a collaboration of the City of San Antonio, Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare (AAPAW), the San Antonio Area Foundation Consortium of Partners and animal welfare organizations.