On Oct. 25, amidst welcoming barks and meows, Animal Care Services (ACS) opened the new Brackenridge multi-use pet center on the grounds of the former city shelter. Joined by partners Petco, San Antonio Pets Alive!, Pet Shotz and the Petco Foundation, ACS hosted a “housewarming” for the new campus which features a welcoming pet adoption center, public spay/neuter clinic, and a special events pavilion.
The center was made possible, in part, thanks to a joint $1 million dollar donation from Petco, Inc. and the Petco Foundation. In recognition of that generosity, the clinic and pavilion will bear the Petco name for five years while the adoption building will permanently honor Paul Jolly, a longtime Petco employee and nationally known animal advocate.
Shaded by a centuries-old Heritage oak tree, the 8,200 sq. foot Paul Jolly Center for Pet Adoption will include indoor/outdoor kennels, “get acquainted” areas, puppy housing and a cattery for feline adoptions. Housing will be available for up to 56 dogs and 30 cats.
The new center will also make it easy for residents to learn more about responsible pet ownership with an on-site spay/neuter clinic overseen by a well known local veterinary practice. Special events like adopt-a-thons and obedience training classes will be held in the campus’ open air pavilion which will also be available for public reservation. The 2,400 square foot medical clinic is expected to host 4,000 free or low cost spay/neuters in its first year of operation. The adoption center is projected to complete at least 3,000 pet adoptions during the same time frame.