The Key to No Kill

by Randy Lankford (story) & Tim Luukkonen (photos)

San Antonio is reaching its goal of becoming the largest no-kill city in America. In the first quarter of 2013 Animal Care Services (ACS), the city’s code enforcement and animal protection agency, had a live release rate of more than 80 percent, the highest in San Antonio’s history. The wider San Antonio animal welfare community, dozens of agencies dedicated to rescuing homeless or abused animals in Bexar County, had a live release rate of 73 percent.

While a commitment by city and county leaders and the collective will of the community are two key factors in San Antonio’s march to become a no-kill city, the third leg of that stool is an unassuming army of thousands of volunteers, all with their own reasons for, and ways of, getting involved.

Read more in the November 2013 issue of S.A. Scene.