Why You Should Consider Fostering or Adopting from a Shelter

bottle baby kittens love for one another..Why should I consider fostering?

  • Fostering animals is simply put, you are saving lives. When you become a foster parent, you volunteer your time and energy to keep an animal in your home until they are ready for adoption. Fostering is best done through an animal shelter, or rescue group such as San Antonio Pets Alive! Fostering increases an animal’s chance of being adopted. The foster families are usually the first to find out about the animal’s personality. You as their foster mom or dad, may even be the first to teach your foster pets house manners, making them more appealing to adopters. Fostering is temporary, but is so rewarding as you play an instrumental role in helping us make San Antonio a No Kill city. Fostering also doesn’t require much but your love and the basic necessities.  SAPA! covers the cost of all medical care until the animal is adopted.  Take the time to think about it, and maybe YOU will save another life by fostering.

Why should I consider adopting?

  • Thinking of adding a new pet to your family? Here are some reasons you should consider adopting from an animal shelter.  You will save a life. Sadly around 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because people give up on their pets, or fail to spay/neuter. Animal Care Services(ACS) has limited space and after a brief stray-hold, many animals find themselves slated to euthanasia.  Animal shelters are brimming with happy, healthy animals just waiting for someone to take them home. All animals adopted from SAPA! are spay/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, microchipped, given their first dose of flea and heartworm preventative and receive 1 month pet insurance at no additional cost.  If you are looking for a new companion, please consider adopting an animal from SAPA! or ACS. It will save a life, and make room for others to be rescued.

I hope that some of this changes your mind, all volunteers, donations, and help is greatly appreciated, as well as welcomed! 🙂

Thanks to a major gift, SAPA! hires another veterinarian!

SAPA! is pleased to announce that Dr. Cristina Noltenius will join our veterinary team as a full-time vet in July. Dr. Noltenius’ hire is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Jeff Swickard. A supporter of SAPA! since its inception in January of 2012, Mr. Swickard has been central to our success over the last 17 months, and his belief in the mission of SAPA! and the people of San Antonio is both moving and motivating. Please join us in giving a big shoutout to Mr. Swickard and a big welcome to Dr. Noltenius!

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Dog of the Week- Jack 247593

Jack 3.20.13

A 2 yr old neutered, German Shepherd Saluki blend. He is a sweet boy who loves giving and receiving affection and attention! He loves to play! Jack would do best with an active family who can take him for walks and maybe even a run! He appears to be good with other dogs and is one good lookin’ pup!

 Cat of the Week- Hector A207904

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This Orange Tabby is a 1 yr old male. He was born with Feline Herpes Virus, which causes one of his eyes to be a little squinty. Best fit to be in a 1 cat household, as he can be contagious to other cats through nasal discharge and ocular secretion. He is not, however, contagious to any other species.  It sure doesn’t seem to faze him one bit and he is otherwise a healthy boy. He is super duper playful! Would be a great fit for a family with kids!

San Antonio Pets Alive! Announces Black Fridays in April!  

No need to wait until after Thanksgiving, we are making EVERY Friday in April – a Black Friday! Have you been wanting to add a “LBD” or “BBD” to your collection? You are in luck! SAPA! has adorable “Little Black Dogs” and lovely “Big Black Dogs” ready for foster and adoption. These black beauties are on special every Friday in April!    Special Adoption Fees for Black animals in On-site kennels for Fridays in April: Puppies are $40 (regular price $60). Dogs are $25 (regular price $40). Cats and kittens are $20 (regular price $30 and $50).

Are you familiar with “Black Dog and Cat Syndrome”? This term became popular in 2004 to describe the phenomenon of black dogs and cats being overlooked and harder to find homes for than pets with lighter coats. There are several theories of why these awesome black pets are passed over when they would obviously make wonderful companions. Some people believe they are at a disadvantage because they don’t photograph as well so people looking online to rescue and adopt don’t see their true beauty. Also, people have a tendency consciously or subconsciously to favor lighter colored animals and (brace yourself) SUPERSTITION likely plays a role. Thinking a black dog or cat is bad luck is a thing of the past!  In Great Britain, Ireland, Scottland and Japan, black cats are actually a symbol of GOOD luck and prosperity.  Some believe a lady who owns a black pet will have many suitors!   Remember the key fashion tip:  Black goes with anything and slenderizes!  So be fashionable and look thinner while you accessorize with an adopted black pet as a new member of your family!   Give BLACK a chance! Visit our kennels

Volunteering Rules!   Do you love animals and want to give back to your community? Do you or an animal lover you know need volunteer hours to graduate? SAPA! is hosting a Volunteer orientation this Saturday, April 6th. Find out how to apply and attend here: Volunteer for SAPA!

Viva Fiesta and SAPA! Medal Amigos!  Fiesta is on the horizon and to celebrate this awesome tradition, SAPA! has an adorable medal for sale to raise money for our rescued dogs and cats. Our “Medal Amigos” will be at adoption events and you can purchase online here: http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/products-page/

It’s “EZ” to Suppport SAPA!   Join SAPA! this Tuesday, April 9th from 5-8pm at the Quarry EZ’s restaurant and Thursday, April 11th from 5-8pm at the Bitters/281 EZ’s Restaurant and drop your receipt in a donation box and EZ’s will give SAPA!  15% of your total bill on dine in and take out orders!  SAPA! Fiesta Medal Amigos will be there as well. Get the scoop here:https://www.facebook.com/sapetsalive/events

It is time to get your Kitten On!   Kitten Season is upon us. We have precious mama cats and kittens and orphaned kittens that need foster homes to grow up in until the kittens are weaned and they are all ready for adoption. These lil’ families need a small, warm, secluded place to nurse. The mama does all the work. We also have orphaned kittens that need a human to bottle feed and care for them a lot like you would care for a baby, as they are helpless. If you are interested and have the time to dedicate (bottle babies have to be fed every two to three hours), we have a bottle feeding workshop coming up April 14th. This workshop is mandatory to foster bottle baby kittens. Learn more here Neonatal Kitten Foster Training

Meet the Fosters!   With over 500 local foster families caring for a SAPA! rescued foster, we are sure to have the dog or cat you are dreaming of. We have adoption events all over the city with cool pet friendly retailers. Come on out and meet the fosters:http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/events/

Most Eligible Dog & Cat of the Week!  To foster/adopt them, email:adopt@sanantoniopetsalive.org

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SAPA! Announces “Black Fridays” in April~ Because Black Goes with Everything!

No need to wait until after Thanksgiving, we are making EVERY Friday in April  -a Black Friday! Have you been wanting to add a “LBD” or “BBD” to your collection? You are in luck! SAPA! has adorable “Little Black Dogs” and lovely “Big Black Dogs” ready for foster and adoption. These black beauties are on special every Friday in April!
 
Special Adoption Fees for Black animals in On-site kennels for Fridays in April: Puppies are $40 (regular price $60). Dogs are $25 (regular price $40). Cats and kittens are $20 (regular price $30 and $50).
 
Are you familiar with “Black Dog and Cat Syndrome?”This term became popular in 2004 to describe the phenomenon of black dogs and cats being overlooked and harder to find homes for than pets with lighter coats. There are several theories of why these awesome black pets are passed over when they would obviously make wonderful companions. Some people believe they are at a disadvantage because they don’t photograph as well so people looking online to rescue and adopt don’t see their true beauty. Also, people have a tendency consciously or subconsciously to favor lighter colored animals and (brace yourself) SUPERSTITION likely plays a role. Thinking a black dog or cat is bad luck is a thing of the past!  In Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Japan, black cats are actually a symbol of GOOD luck and prosperity.  Some believe a lady who owns a black pet will have many suitors!   Remember the key fashion tip:  Black goes with anything and slenderizes!  So be fashionable and look thinner while you accessorize with your adopted black pet as a new member of your family! Give BLACK a chance!
 
Check out a few of our Black Beauties AWSL (Available While Supplies Last ;))
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Our goal at San Antonio Pets Alive! is to save homeless yet adoptable pets from needless euthanasia. We pull dogs and cats directly off of the city’s euthanasia list EVERYDAY. Our kennels are FULL of loving and wonderful pets who want nothing more than a home and people to LOVE. Another aspect of our rescue that sets us apart from the rest is we do not turn away an animal because of illness. We have cared for broken limbs, parvo, tick born diseases, distemper, mange and NUMEROUS other ailments that usually confirm a death sentence to an unfortunate cat or dog.

Employee Spotlight – Gabby with Bacon, this week’s Medical Spotlight

We want to introduce you to SAPA! VIP, Gabby Keresi-Uresti, our Medical Clinic Manager. She keeps our Dog Facility at the Animal Care Services campus and our Parvo Ward at the Marbach facility healing the sick and innocent. A native of Chicago, IL, Gabby studied Social Studies at UTSA and found her calling eight years ago in rescue after watching a documentary on the journey of a homeless dog and cat through the shelter system. Gabby met and married Carlos A. Uresti, Jr. in 2008 while they both worked as Vet techs for Animal Care Services. When not vaccinating, treating and caring for SAPA! rescues and educating our staff, foster and adopters on best practices of pet ownership, Gabby enjoys a house full of personal and foster dogs- including Dallas, Prince and Drama.

Gabby and Bacon

Gabby is holding our Medical Spotlight, BACON!  Bacon needs a foster or adopter that will love and cherish this beautiful brindle girl! She has 2 broken legs, one back leg which is an old injury and one front leg. She tolerates everything and doesn’t even care her legs are broken. She is super sweet and loves everyone, including other dogs! She needs a comfy couch to rest and healing for the next 4-6 weeks in a foster home or better yet a comfy and loving forever home!  If you decide to foster, adopt or volunteer for SAPA!, you will be sure to see Gabby and her staff taking care of business.

Come on down and meet Bacon, or one of our wonderful Spotlight Dogs pictured below located at our Dog Facility Location and Hours Here http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/contact-us/ Or Email:  adopt@sanantoniopetsalive,org   

ScribblesBig Dog Spotlight – Meet SCRIBBLES! A Two Yr Neutered, Cattle Dog Blend #203866 – Special $15 Adoption Fee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LupeSmall Dog Spotlight – LUPE!  Two Month Old Female, Lab Blend #246174 Special $25 Adoption Fee!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Spotlight – Lexxie!Lexxie Lexxie is a 3-4 years old big beautiful girl who would like to be the queen of her household. She is tolerant of other animals, but prefers to rule the roost on her own. She is probably best in a home with out little kids, as their excitement can be a little much for her. She’s likes the nice, laid back, cuddly kinda love. Lexxie is a polydactyl aka ‘Hemingway Cat’. She has 6-7 toes on each paw. These cats are considered to be good luck! For information on Adopting me go to http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/adopt/cats/cat-of-the-week

SAPA! Events  Check out SAPA! Upcoming Events at http://www.sanantoniopetsalive.org/events.

In preparation for FIESTA 2013, SAPA! is unveiling their fundraising medal at Trilogy Bistro in Stone Oak http://www.trilogybistro.com/!  This Wednesday, March 27th. Trilogy will donate 15% of the bill when you mention SAPA! From 4-9pm and the new Fiesta Medal design will be revealed!

Take Action!  Everyone can help SAPA! save lives. Foster, Adopt, Volunteer. Donate. We are 6000+ Lives Closer to No Kill SA!

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San Antonio Pets Alive! Announces “New Beginnings” Easter Weekend Adoption Event Fri., March 29th through Easter Sun., March 31st

Location 1: SAPA! Dog Facility, Bldg #1 at Animal Care Services
4710 State Highway 151, San Antonio, Texas 78227
Hours: Fri: 11am-7pm. Sat: 11am-5pm and Sun: 12pm-4pm
Adoption Fee: Dogs over 4 months old $25/ Puppies $35

Location 2: The SAPA! Cattery
9107 Marbach Rd. Ste. 109 San Antonio, TX 78245
Hours: Friday-Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Adoption Fee: Cats & Kittens $25

San Antonio Pets Alive! has kennels FULL of loving and extremely adoptable dogs and cats of all breeds, ages, shapes and sizes. These wonderful animals’ only crime is being homeless or having irresponsible owners. We were able to save them from euthanasia through the generosity of the community. Now these pets are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and are ready for their “New Beginning”. Join us this weekend to meet these lovely four legged family members who want nothing more than a “New Beginning” with a loving foster or forever family!

4 Reasons Cat Owners Surrender Their Furry Friends to Shelters and How to Fix Them

By: Megan Church, Project Leader, San Antonio Pets Alive! Service Learning Project

 

  • #1 Inappropriate Urination
  • #2 Allergies in Family
  • #3 Cost of Pet Maintenance
  • #4 Landlord Not Allowing Pets

 

Some Strategies To Deal With…

#1   Inappropriate urination is one of the main reasons people give up their kitties – but did you know there are lots of easy things you can do that will likely fix this behavior? Before getting rid of your kitty, consider some of the causes of this behavior. Most inappropriate urination can be treated or eliminated.

 

  • Litter Issues: Some cats do not like harsh-scented kitty litter. Consider unscented litter. In addition, clean the litter box at least once-a-day. Cats are very sensitive to scent (their sense of smell is about a 1,000 times greater than ours!). Dirty litter boxes can really offend kitty, and she may resort to urinating/defecating in other places (like your rug!). Make sure that you have enough litter boxes. You should always have 1 litter box for each cat you own plus 1. So if you have 2 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes. Litter boxes themselves can also be the culprit in kitty urination issues. Some cats do not like covered litter boxes, while others do. Try out both, and find which one works best for your kitty.  Or start with an uncovered litter box when introducing their kitty to your home, over time, introduce the lid. Properly introduce your cat to their litter box when you adopt a new kitty – place them gently and lovingly in the litter box repeatedly. Use a soothing voice (cats are very sensitive to sound and enjoy being talked to). Never hit or punish your kitty for not using the litter box. It is often a good idea to limit the space your kitty has for the first day or two after adoption  – keep them in a room where you will keep the litter box if possible and limit their roaming.  Give them time to adjust and to realize this is their new home, not a strange place.
  • Declawing: Declawing is generally considered inhumane – we recommend cats are never declawed.  Declawed cat paws can develop tender and sensitive paws, and scratching in the litter box to cover up their “business” can be painful or irritating. In this case, softer, finer litter is recommended.

 

  • Medical Problems: Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Bladder Stones or Infection, Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). If your kitty is urinating often and in inappropriate places, get her checked out by your vet to rule out medical issues.  Bladder stones can kill cats in a short period of time, so any straining or bloody urine means your cat needs to get to a vet ASAP!

 

Un-Neuter Males: Male cats are much less likely to ‘spray’ if neutered. The younger they are neutered the better – kittens can be safely neutered as young as 6 to 8 weeks! Adult males can also be safely neutered and this can often help remedy spraying.

 

  • Stress: Changes in environment can really cause stress in your kitty. Moving and new members to the family (babies, roommates, and other pets) can be big causes of stress. First of all, neutering your cat is a must. The urge to reproduce can cause a lot of stress in cats. Plus, neutering is beneficial in lowering the amount of stray cats in communities. Other products can help with stress, too. Calming sprays, collars, and diffusers can help lower stress. They simulate the natural pheromones in cats, and helps calm kitties down. If all else fails, some cat owners have had success with anti-anxiety medications. Always talk to you vet about this option. Some kitties may not be healthy enough for some medications. Finally, kitties like to continue urinating in places they have urinated in before. Make sure to clean the areas where your kitty has urinated. Use a cleaner that has bio-enzymatic ingredients.

 

 

#2 Allergies are often a huge problem for some cat owners. Nearly 10% of the US population has pet allergies, and cats are among the most common. Many think that it’s the cat’s fur that causes allergies, but it’s not the fur that’s the real problem. People with cat allergies are really allergic to proteins in the cat’s saliva, urine, and dander (dried flakes of skin). Ways to minimize allergy symptoms:

 

  • • Limit kitty sleeping in bed with you (sad, but true!)

 

  • • Wash bedding in hot water at least twice-a-month

 

  • • Replace air filters often

 

  • • Vacuum floors, carpet, and furniture twice-a-week with a high grade HEPA vacuum cleaner

 

  • • Wash your hands often, and avoid rubbing your eyes after petting your kitty

 

  • • Clean your kitty often. They don’t really like baths, but cleaning them will help with dander-related allergies. There are many products available. They make handy pre-moistened wash cloths, waterless shampoos, and sprays. TIGI makes a product called DanderLion. It smells great, and it’s pretty easy to use. Just apply, and wipe off with a wash cloth.

 

• Allergy medications may be some people’s last resort, but they may work great for some cat owners. Consult your doctor about any medication.

 

 

#3 Cost of Maintenance

• Owning a cat can be costly, but some costs can be reduced by doing a little research. Vet costs can be overwhelming, but some costs can be made less painful with pet insurance, CareCredit (it’s like a credit card for health services), specials at vet clinics, and/or creating a saving account for pet visits. Preventative care is a huge way to keep costs down. Take your furry friend to the vet each year for a routine check-up. By doing this, your vet will catch problems before they become BIG problems.

 

• Food, litter, and other kitty supplies can be costly, too. Always look for deals online or in stores. Often coupons can be found online, and can be printed out for use. Buying large bulk items is an option, too. If this seems like too much litter or food, consider splitting a LARGE bag of kitty litter or food with a friend. Buying in bulk is often much cheaper. Just make sure you have a large, air-tight container for food.

 

 

#4 Landlord Issues

• If your landlord says that he/she does not allow cats, ask if he/she would be willing to negotiate a pet deposit agreement. Many landlords offer pet deposits for their tenants. Pet deposits are often non-refundable. If the pet deposit cost is difficult for you, it may be beneficial to work out a payment plan with your landlord. At one of my rental properties, I negotiated paying my pet deposit ($300) over the course of 6 months. It made the pet deposit a bit less painful. Nothing could be as painful as losing your furry babies!!

 

 

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