The statistics are bound to surprise you: hundreds of stray cats and dogs enter the city’s Animal Care Services, but only a quarter of these animals are reunited with their owners or adopted. The rest are euthanized.
The Talk About It! campaign, launched Aug. 10, is an effort to make San Antonio a “No Kill” community by promoting responsible pet care. The campaign, a collaboration between of the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, Alamo Area Partners and the San Antonio Area Foundation Consortium of Partners is focused on three core elements: care, adopt and neuter.
The Talk About it! campaign provides the community with essential tools on how to permanently change the way we treat our pets and includes resources and programs needed to provide proper care for area residents’ cats and dogs.The campaign educates the public on effective and safe ways of addressing our overpopulated pet crises, stating that sterilization is the best option. The bilingual advertising campaign hopes to correct neglect for animals and learn how citizens can benefit from the responsible actions of helping San Antonio become a “No Kill” zone.
“We are very excited about this campaign,” said Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier, Texas A&M University-San Antonio president and campaign spokesperson. Dr. Ferrier, an outspoken advocate for the campaign, is known throughout the university for her good will towards pets.
“There are too many unwanted dogs on the streets of San Antonio,” said Robert Vasquez, assistant registrar of enrollment management of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. “I wish more people were aware of this campaign, because it is cleaning up the community and saving our homeless animals.”
This campaign’s message is exposed throughout the community by neighborhood events, informational materials and social media. More information is available at www.TalkAboutItSA.org.