Love is in the air at San Antonio Pets Alive! In the spirit of Cupid’s favorite holiday, an anonymous donor with a huge heart has offered to match all donations for heartworm treatments made between February 1st and Valentine’s Day (up to $25,000). Donations will help save the lives of all our dogs that have tested positive for heartworms, including this adorable senior Border Collie blend named Lou.
The average cost of care and treatment for a heartworm positive dog is $150. In 2014, SAPA! took in more than 100 heartworm positive dogs like Lou, with new ones coming through our doors almost every day. Heartworm disease is curable with the proper treatment, but without it many of these dogs won’t be able to survive.
Heartworm positive dogs have a considerably longer wait to find a home because of the cost and stigma they carry with them. Gifts during the match challenge will not only be doubled, but will help these deserving dogs become more adoptable and eventually find their way into a forever home. $50,000 will allow SAPA! to save countless lives through emergency medical care, starting by funding treatment for ALL heartworm positive dogs in 2015!
Our generous donor will double every donation made through February 14th. DONATE NOW to help give Lou and our other heartworm positive dogs a second chance at life!
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! 🙂
Honoring Paul Jolly
It is important in our lives, to seek and gain motivation and inspiration from the work of others. Paul Jolly is one of those people. Mr. Jolly didn’t live in San Antonio, but as the director of the Petco Foundation for many years, his work had, and continues to have, a lasting impact on our efforts to save pets from needless death.
We lost Paul Jolly on March 8, 2014. He died surrounded by family and friends, but his compassion and life-saving efforts will continue here in San Antonio and beyond. Just one branch of Mr. Jolly’s legacy, as many of you know, is the Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions which was named in honor of Mr. Jolly. The center opened this past October and has already saved hundreds of lives.
Paul dedicated his life to saving pets and leading the Petco Foundation. He was well regarded nationally as a man who devoted his career to saving our most vulnerable pets. San Antonio Pets Alive! takes seriously the legacy of Mr. Jolly, and every life we save carries the impact of the compassion and commitment he showed in life.
Mr. Jolly watched the groundbreaking of the Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoptions remotely and wrote a beautiful piece that was read at the groundbreaking. We share a part of it below in honor of Mr. Jolly and as continued inspiration for those of you who share his passion for saving pets;
I envisioned potential pet parents walking into the center hoping to make that connection with a homeless pet. I imagined homeless animals – scared, hurting, and unsure – having a state of the art sanctuary while they await their second chance at a better life. I saw them both coming together with hope and promise. This is what will make San Antonio special. This is what will make the city magical. And I remembered the animal welfare heroes in my life who served as inspirations to me. I am forever grateful to them for imparting to me their passion and their commitment to making a difference for animals. This building may have my name on it, but it is really named for all of them that guided my journey in humane work.
I thought about the enormous progress that the city of San Antonio has made to become a “No-Kill” community. It is my hope that this adoption center will be a beacon and symbol for the local animal leaders and others that are championing this cause. I hope they will be reminded of the ultimate goal when they repeat my name and know that if I could I would be fighting the good fight with them also. Each animal adopted will be a visible reminder of the importance of aspiring to greater things, the importance of saving lives, the difference that can be made.
That is why I agreed to the naming of this adoption center, and that’s why I want you to join me in celebrating the dawning of a new day for all of us, animals and people, in San Antonio. Thank you for this honor. May this edifice always stand as a symbol that this community and nation are places where we all can make a difference for animals.
Looming for Pets is a non-profit organization started by Mykenna, Makalyn, and Nathan Dinger to raise money for orphaned animals in need. The club makes and sells loomed jewelry and donates 100% of the proceeds to SAPA! In an effort to raise more funds and invite new members, the club hosted Picnic at the Petco Pavilion at the Paul Jolly Adoption Center on February 15th. Children from all over the city came out to show their support and donate the funds they had raised from their sales. The group was able to raise over $1,300 at the event and has donated over $1,500 total to SAPA! We are so excited to have the support of this group and to see the youth of San Antonio coming together to give back to their community.The group plans to sponsor a kennel and continue raising funds for animals in need.
Learn more about Looming for Pets by visiting their Facebook page.