Our mission is focused on saving the lives of animals already on the euthanasia list at our City Shelter. There are dogs and cats that enter the system every day and we save as many as we can with the help of our community! SA Pets Alive!'s programs give dogs and cats different opportunities to find their FURever home!
One of our newest programs, Headin' Home is a transport program focused on saving the lives of adult dogs. Dogs selected for this special program are usually ones that will have a harder time getting adopted here in San Antonio. We are partnered with a number of trusted rescues in the Pacific Northwest states (Washington, Oregon, Idaho) who take in these dogs and get them adopted right away to amazing homes.
Why do we transport them to the NW region you may ask?
They simply do not have the overpopulation problem that we see here in San Antonio, Texas. Their population of adopters is greater than the number of animals they have for adoption. With our dogs in their rescues, many are adopted in less than 7 days of arrival. That means these dogs get to find their FURever home in a week where it could take much longer here in San Antonio.
Our transport team works closely with these rescue partners to get dogs qualified for the next transport. Our SA Pets Alive! team treats any medical conditions and provides health certificates for each dog. We make sure they are ready for adoption when they arrive in the Pacific NW.
We have two different ways of transporting these eager pups to the NW.
One is our Ground Transport which can take up to 80 pups depending on size of kennels and it can take 2-3 days for the complete trip. We have one ground transport head out every month and even sometimes twice a month if we are able to fund it!
Second is our Air Transport. We work with "Dog is my Copilot" for the air flights. We load up the dogs before sunrise and they arrive at the rescues in a few hours. We are grateful for this partnership that makes our transports faster for pups!
The costs with each transport are differing but we always need donations to make each trip possible. Each dog has to be medically cleared for transport, given a health certficate and paid to be transported. Our ground transport runs expenses for the kennels, our trailer, food, supplies and of course gas for the trip up there. We are lucky to have, Dog is my Copilot fund the flight itself up to the NW but we do have costs that accumlate for each air transport such as providing kennels that will not come back to our rescue, medical certificates and other supplies.
Numbers make a difference!
Since January 2017, we have saved with our ground and air transports.
Dog is my Copilot has provided transport for 206 dogs since starting our air transports!
Headin' Home has helped provide another outlet for SA Pets Alive! to save an additional 1,500 dogs each year.
To keep this program going each month, we are in need of funding for both the ground and air transports. We are coming up on our 1st air transport of 2018, on June 20th and are in need of donations to ensure we can get as many pups as possible to their future homes in the Pacific NW.
Will you help us reach our goal of $10,000? Donate here for our transport programs and help us save more lives!
About Our Organization: San Antonio Pets Alive! is not a shelter. We are a life-saving organization founded on the tenet: Killing is not a solution. It is our obligation to find lifesaving solutions. San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) began its life saving work as a reaction, a reaction to a devastating situation in our backyard where thousands (19,458 in 2011 to be exact) of dogs and cats were euthanized at the City’s shelter. In 2012 SAPA! launched its model of pulling animals at the city shelter who were kenneled, awaiting euthanasia, to save their lives. In our now six-year history, SAPA! has saved the lives of over 40,000 dogs and cats with no other hope. San Antonio now consistently realizes a save-rate in the eightieth percentile, some months at ninety percent. The model saves the lives of dogs and cats no one else will help; puppies with parvo, orphaned kittens too young to survive without a mother, dogs considered undesirable because of their size or physical characteristics as well as thousands more, hit by cars, heartworm positive or abandoned.
Interested in learning more about our organization? Visit our website at www.sanantoniopetsalive.org