Established in 2012, SAPA! is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created specifically to work in partnership with to reduce the number of adoptable animals euthanized in San Antonio. We do that by providing and supporting programs that target at-risk shelter populations, such as neo-natal kittens and puppies, pets with treatable medical issues, and animals with behavior challenges. A no-kill community saves 90% of the animals that enter its shelter system, and SAPA! is proud to be part of San Antonio’s life-saving efforts.
SAPA – San Antonio Pets Alive | Volunteer
When you adopt a pet from a shelter or other rescue organization, you save a life. Out of the 8-10 million cats and dogs that entered shelters last year, more than half were euthanized, San Antonio Pets Alive! believes that they all deserve a second chance.
Locations: PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center: 8520 FourWinds Dr
The publishes statistics based on the US Census that estimate the number of pets in communities vs the number of available homes. In San Antonio, the number of new homes available for pets hovers around 100,000 annually. If just 20% of those families chose to adopt a shelter pet instead of purchasing from a store or breeder, San Antonio would be a no-kill city. Together we can make this happen!
No Kill Shelter - San Antonio Humane Society
San Antonio has been addressing severe pet overpopulation problems since 2004, when local news coverage revealed that the city shelter had to euthanize more than 50,000 cats and dogs annually.With a reputation as one of the worst cities in the nation for pet overpopulation and euthanasia, San Antonio animal welfare groups and pet-loving residents finally threw up their hands and said, “no mas” (no more). This diverse community demanded that the City of San Antonio figure out how to take ACS from a 90% euthanasia rate to a 90% live-exit rate (the number of pets released from a shelter alive through adoption, foster, rescue or return to owner) as quickly as possible.At the time, San Antonio didn’t have enough adoption or spay/neuter resources for a city of 1.2 million people. Each year, animal shelters could find homes for only about 5,000 cats and dogs and spay/neuter clinics could fix only about 8,000 pets. The community didn’t embrace (TNR) as a humane solution for managing — even feeding them could result in a fine. You might see a cat or kitten for sale at a San Antonio pet store and assume that buying a cat is the only option. Or you might, as many people do, believe that a cat for sale from a store or a breeder in San Antonio is somehow “better” than one you might find for adoption in a San Antonio animal shelter. This is a common misconception, and it couldn’t be further from the truth. The cats and kittens available for adoption at your local shelters and rescue groups are wonderful, sweet, healthy companions who are homeless through no fault of their own. Many times, animals end up in shelters simply because their former owner encountered a financial hardship and could no longer afford to care for them, or perhaps even lost their own home. Whatever the reason, most cats and kittens in shelters are great former pets who have lived in homes, and are often already litterbox trained.