I am happy to report in both March and April that the Animal Care Service Department reached “No Kill” status for our cat population within San Antonio. This means that ACS has been able to sustain above a 90% live release late for those two months.
The success of ACS is due to the City’s Trap Neuter Release program. This program has created additional live outcome options for impounded cats while decreasing the number of cat impoundments. While maintaining the 90% rate will be difficult during the high intake months of summer, ACS will continue to work towards reaching their goal of “No Kill” for San Antonio.
Also, in January 2014, ACS received formal confirmation that the ACS shelter was selected as a contender in the Rachel Ray $100,000 Challenge during the months of June, July, and August of this year. The Rachel Ray Challenge will pit the performance of our Live Release efforts against 50 of the top agencies around the United States.
In 2012, ACS won the Challenge and to date, ACS is still the only municipal agency to win the Rachel Ray Challenge. If ACS is selected as the winner of the challenge this year, ACS will receive $100,000 in donations. ACS will also be the only agency to have won the challenge a second time
The theme for this year’s challenge will be “Lost. Found. Love”. The challenge will be promoted throughout the San Antonio community at our community centers, libraries, and other well-visited neighborhood locations. ACS will also feature the challenge through our Face Book pages and other social media efforts.
ACS will utilize a concerted teamwork approach to the challenge by enlisting the help of all local animal organizations.