San Antonio, TX is located just a couple of hours to the South of where we live here in Austin. Special thanks to Natallie from San Antonio Dog Life on sharing some information about dog adoption in San Antonio. The following is a guest post written by Natallie.
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If Philadelphia is the city of Brotherly Love, then San Antonio is the city of Puppy Love. Everywhere you go, you will see families out walking their dogs. The most popular destinations in the city are almost all dog-friendly. Take a walk down the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and you will see what I mean.
With a warm climate, a laid back vibe, and an abundance of cultural variety, this famous frontier city has had a population explosion over the past 10-15 years. With population growth like this comes growing pains. Statistically speaking, the stray dog population in growing cities like this increases exponentially as families move in and out of different areas. Luckily, San Antonio has a large contingent of animal lovers that work hard on protecting and rehousing the ever-growing stray dog population in San Antonio.
Starting in 2006, the city of San Antonio dedicated resources and time in becoming a no-kill community for companion animals. It was actually one of the first cities in the country to do this. No-kill means any healthy, treatable, or adoptable dog that ends up at the city shelter will not be put down simply because there is no space for them. Talk About It SA is a city-funded program that creates awareness on the importance of CAN: Care. Adopt. Neuter. The goal of this program is to make all of San Antonio a No-Kill city.
In addition to governmental support, there are a growing number of non-profit shelters and privately funded foundations that help educate the community on responsible dog ownership. A good local resource guide for finding all the top No-Kill shelters, adoption agencies, and dog friendly events in San Antonio is San Antonio Dog Life. Commonly referred to as SADL, they also sponsor a No Dog Left Behind program which, in conjunction with the largest local shelters, helps long-term shelter dogs find loving homes.
When the number of stray dogs overcomes the limited capacity of all San Antonio No-Kill shelters, there is insurance in the form of foster programs. There are countless fostering programs for dogs in need of loving homes throughout San Antonio. These local communities band together to take in dogs into their homes for a period of time until there is space at the shelter or they are adopted. It’s amazing how much love San Antonio has for animals. Oftentimes, the foster family ends up adopting a dog themselves if that dog fits in with the current family and their dogs.
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If you are interested in adopting a dog in San Antonio, you should understand that there is an abundance of support for you. All your questions can be answered by resources like San Antonio Dog Life or Talk About It SA. You will learn that minimal adoption fees will cover neutering and initial vet visits for vaccinations and other necessary requirements. All you need to adopt a dog is a big heart and a loving home.
After talking recently with 10 families that adopted shelter dogs 5 years ago, the main theme was that they all love these dogs, mostly mutts, with all their hearts. It’s almost as if the families needed the dogs just as much as the dogs needed the families.
So before you go about buying a dog from a pet store or a possible puppy mill, first try and see if there are any in your local shelters. Once you visit a shelter and peer into all those guileless eyes, you will find love and a loyal companion.