Many nonprofits in San Antonio, Texas are struggling to bring the city to a No Kill status and save the lives of pets. However, the city makes claims that are raising many objections and questions from citizens, animal welfare groups and activists.
The city is a large part of the No Kill Consortium of partners. The partners present the following on their first page of the San Antonio Area Foundation hosted page to add credibility to their actions:
“To achieve our strategic plan to become a No Kill Community, we are following the No Kill Equation. The No Kill Equation, developed by Nathan Winograd, has proven effective in several shelters around the country.”
However, in part of an exchange of comments in an August 15 post on his Facebook page Nathan Winograd wrote:
“In 2007, I did training at San Antonio Animal Services following a presentation to community leaders. I was very critical of the agency and wrote about it. In my telephone calls and meetings with community leaders, I let them know that their approach had no hope for success and I shared my belief that most of the staff I met should be fired.“
“I have written about San Antonio historically have been critical with one exception. I noted that they participated in Just One Day and placed a number of animals who might have been killed in years past. That is all.”
Additionally, Winograd’s No Kill Equation contains information about how public relations and exposure are paramount to success. It is felt by many in San Antonio that the cities actions are in direct opposition to this and many parts of the equation.
Moreover, the Brooks animal shelter run by the city does not allow full access to the public.
Someone who is searching for a lost pet is not even permitted to browse there. Their pet can be killed before they have a reasonable chance to find it. Viewing is by appointment only, and only animals picked from photographs supplied may be viewed. Listing errors are often made, and animals are killed quickly. It is reported extremely difficult to save the pets in time.
More about Brooks and associated problems are found on the Brooks Babies Facebook page:
There have been improvements in the city toward No-Kill. However, citizen taxpayers believe much needs to be investigated to find the honest percentages for save rates. Live release rate percentages can vary with each interview with city representatives. Amounts and sources of help that have been given are also suspect. The mayor appears to claim that he is responsible for saving the animals and turning things around.
Many in the city were astonished by Mayor Castro’s claims. Comments to the article may be found at the bottom of the page in the linked article below.
More about disputed claims by the city of San Antonio will follow in the days and weeks to come by this writer and others.
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