San Antonio Pets Alive! believes it is our obligation to find lifesaving solutions.
Our Transport program, Headin’ Home, is the fastest growing life-saving program in SAPA!’s toolbox. Headin’ Home transports dogs to rescue partners in other states that don’t have the pet overpopulation problems that exist in Texas. Headin’ Home will save over 1,440 pets in 2017. Specifically, the lives saved belong to dogs slated for euthanasia at the San Antonio city shelter. These dogs, primarily large adults, would have a hard time finding homes in San Antonio, but are desired in other areas of the United States. Rather than these dogs taking their last breath here, they are given new hope, a new life, and a new family. Dogs transported to rescue partners are assessed medically and behaviorally, then matched to adopters. Most dogs are adopted within 1 week of arrival, and generally the entire group is adopted within 2 weeks of arrival! SAPA!’s transport program operates within best practice guidelines for rescue transportation. SAPA! only sends dogs who meet guidelines set by the receiving shelters, all of which are registered nonprofits.
You can help us send a plane or truck full of wagging tails to happier trails. Please sponsor a dog today! Then have a look below at some of our success stories. With your help, these lucky dogs are Headin’ Home!
Friday May 12th marks the day of the first ever air transport of San Antonio Pets Alive! SAPA! is hard at work preparing for the transport and is requesting that the public donate crates, both new and used, for the dogs to rest in while they are flown to our Idaho rescue partner. The crates must be airline approved plastic crates in good condition.
Crates ordered off of Amazon can be delivered to our Marbach Clinic at 9107 Marbach Road Ste 109 San Antonio, TX 78245, or they can be dropped off at any of our four locations. All donated crates qualify for a tax write off and will continue to aid on these air transports in the future.
One of our primary needs for Transport is Temporary Fosters. The commitment for transport fosters range from a few weeks to a few days. All Transport dogs are people and dog friendly. Most importantly, this short term commitment allows the space for SAPA! To save another dog from euthanasia. To find out more about how to help through fostering please email Kaleigh.Burke@sanantoniopetsalive.org
Heidi was a quiet girl when she came into the shelter. She would curl up on her bed to try to make herself look small. Hundreds of people must have walked by her kennel, without noticing her and sadly she ended up on the euthanasia list. She was rescued by SAPA and was found to be heartworm positive. She was treated by SAPA for her heartworms, and then she was ready for her forever home up north! Heidi was adopted to an amazing family that loves to take her out hiking, and she had a blast on the beach! She snores when she naps and is the best snuggler!