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Published on Thursday, March 14, 2019

New Animal Care Services project uses resident’s insights to increase placements

CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665, 210.315.3130
Lisa.norwood@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (March 14, 2019) - One dog. One day. Animal Care Services’ new Shelter Paws program wants local dog lovers to think about the “pawsibilities”! The novel initiative, starting in earnest this week, hopes to increase the visibility (and adoptability) of special ACS dogs by giving them brief off site opportunities with approved companions. The doggie day trips can take place seven days a week and Shelter Paws participants are encouraged to post to social media throughout their time with their new friend.  All Shelter Paws dogs leave on their adventure with a leash, collar and harness complete with an “adopt me” sleeve as well as a backpack filled with a blanket, water bowl, treats and a list of dog friendly spots in S.A.

 

ACS Live Release Supervisor Candace Harrington says the program is all about helping pets. “Dogs love spending time with us and they’re cool if it’s a quick walk around the park, crashing out on the couch or a coffee run,” said Harrington. “This new initiative gives us insights into our shelter dogs and lets residents meet some of San Antonio’s most eligible hang out buddies. It’s a win-win and we think it will, ultimately, see more dogs in homes.”  Shelter Paws participants must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license and a reliable car. Interested dog lovers can learn about the ACS Shelter Paws canines, sign up and get all the details by emailing ACSShelterPaws@sanantonio.gov.

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