No-kill by 2012? No way. The admission out of City Hall this summer that San Antonio can’t possibly reach no-kill status by next year, a goal laid out in 2006, outraged local animal-rights activists, many of whom bristled that the city simply hasn’t done enough to stem the tide of strays roaming San Anto’s streets. While city efforts have pushed the overall canine and feline death tally down from the high of over 30,000/year, animal-rights groups say the some 20,000 animals set to be euthanized in city facilities in 2011 is still abysmally high.
In its presentation before Council last week, Animal Care Services delivered its new plan to push kill rates even lower, setting a new 70-percent no-kill goal for 2015. Here’s how they plan to do it.
Of an estimated 28,268 animals taken into ACS custody in this year, 69 percent will be euthanized (more than 19,700 animals), according to ACS figures.
Only 15 percent of animals taken in by ACS are adopted, 6 percent are lost pets returned to owners, and 10 percent sent to no-kill rescues.
Invert the ratio with 70 percent live-release rate, and 30 percent of animals euthanized.
28 percent are adopted,
12 percent returned to owner, and 30 percent sent to no-kill rescues.
To get there, ACS is asking for:
Build a Brackenridge Adoption Education Center and Clinic
40 new kennels and increased staff at the city’s Brooks facility
New kennels at the ACS facility
“Seed funding” for local partner to take in more rescues from ACS
Three new ACS dispatchers
New ACS clinic manager
$50,000: City campaign to increase pet licensing
$8,000: 20 new dog traps and 40 new cat traps