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Animal shelters and rescue groups are packed with potential life-long companions just waiting for a loving owner to tote them home. In addition to being much less expensive than purchasing from a breeder, many shelters offer vaccinations, microchipping and spaying or neutering as a part of their adoption packages.

Each year, 8 to 12 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are euthanized because there are simply not enough homes for them. If you are looking for a furry friend to expand your family, break the cycle of pet overpopulation and save a life by visiting a no-kill animal shelter near you.


San Antonio Humane Society

4804 Fredericksburg Road, 78229

The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) boasts a 96 percent save rate for the cats and dogs housed in their shelter. Their mission as a nonprofit organization is to improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs and community education. SAHS shelters, medically treats and rehabilitates more than 4,000 animals yearly and also occupies spacious, beautiful grounds. Adoption fees range from $45 to $130 for dogs and $30 to $65 for cats.

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City of San Antonio Animal Care Services

4710 State Highway 151, 78227

Animal Care Services (ACS) has been making headlines this month. They have achieved a live release rate of 90 percent for all of the animals brought to the shelter in the month of December. ACS officials say the organization is on track to achieve the 90 percent release rate in January as well. This no-kill standing is the expectation of the shelter staff from this point on. As the largest open admission shelter in South Texas, ACS takes in hundreds of animals every week.

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Animal Defense League of Texas

11300 Nacogdoches Road, 78217

Founded in 1934, the Animal Defense League (ADL) of Texas strives to prevent cruelty to animals, promote kind and humane treatment and aid and assist the enforcement of laws enacted for the prevention of animal cruelty. Their no-kill shelter is filled with abandoned, abused or neglected cats and dogs. While maintaining a healthy, loving facility, ADL of Texas enhances the quality of life for their animals and consistently work to find the best possible home for each resident animal.

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San Antonio Pets Alive

Although they don’t have a dedicated facility, The Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions Petco Pavilion was built alongside a new adoption center in 2013 to allow San Antonio Pets Alive (SAPA) to host adoption events, trainings and fundraisers. SAPA works heavily with foster families and holds adoption events at various local businesses and organizations. Monitor their Facebook for upcoming adoptions. SAPA began in Austin with the hope of creating a no-kill community and later expanded to San Antonio. They have rescued 25,000 pets since January 2012.

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