Tucked away off Texas Highway 151 Access Road is a place that shows compassion, mercy, and love to the many dogs who would otherwise be euthanized each week by shelters around the city.
San Antonio Pets Alive! is a non-profit charity run almost exclusively by volunteers, rescuing healthy dogs from certain death, and the organisation has only one goal in mind: to find forever homes for the dogs they have rescued. Earlier in July, San Antonio made local news headlines after it was reported that the city has an unacceptably high number of stray dogs roaming loose, resulting in tighter regulations by Animal Control Services (ACS).
In many cases, a stray dog is such because of insufficient fencing around its owner’s property, or gates being left open. But whatever the reason for a dog becoming stray, the problem is a big one, thus resulting in many shelters opting to euthanize dogs in their care, simply to make room for more, and reduce the number wandering the streets.
That’s where San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA) steps in. They take in the dogs listed to be euthanized, providing them shelter, warmth, food, and a bed, before campaigning like crazy through their many networks, such as Facebook, to try and get either a foster home for the dogs, or a permanent family. Their endeavours have proven to be hugely successful, saving the lives of over 2,500 animals since January 2012.
The volunteers do a selfless job in maintaining the charity, promoting its work, and looking after the dogs and cats in its care, and as with all organizations of this kind, finances and supplies can be stretched very thinly, which is why they currently have a wish list on their official website, naming items that can be donated to help their cause. Anything from hand sanitizer and treats, to crates and vehicles, or just your time visiting the animals – SAPA are appreciative of whatever help people can offer.
For more information about San Antonio Pets Alive!, their official website can be found here.
For SAPA’s Facebook support page, and regular updates about animals in need of fostering and adoption, visit them here.