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San Antonio's ACS Working Its Way Back To No-Kill Status

Eileen Pace
Texas Public Radio
"Molly," one of the dogs rescued in 2015 from Animal Care Services because she has an identifying microchip.

The City of San Antonio officially reached 'No-Kill' status in December of last year, but recently fell below the 90 percent Live Release required to maintain that status.

However, Animal Care Services officials point out that they are still on track for reaching 90 percent again. Spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said that 'No-Kill' is not "Once and Done." 

She says the live release rate dipped to 88 percent in April, but as the community works with the city, the rate is expected to go up again soon. She adds that No-Kill is a partnership goal with the community, and micro-chipping animals helps the effort by ensuring that if a pet gets away, it can be identified and returned to its owner or re-homed. 

No appointments are needed at ACS’ Microchip MANIA events, but the free chip is available only to San Antonio residents and proof of residency is required along with a photo I.D. 

The next event is scheduled for tomorrow, June 3, 2016, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the South San Community Center on Quintana Road. 

The city also offers micro-chipping every day during regular business hours at the ACS shelter on  State Highway 151.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.