Animal No-Kill Initiative

The Area Foundation is improving the lives of people and pets through the Animal No-Kill Initiative.

Prior to 2006, San Antonio had the third highest euthanasia rate of pets per capita in the country, with 50,000 animals euthanized annually. In 2007, the Area Foundation launched a bold effort to help San Antonio become a No-Kill city for dogs and cats. "No Kill” means that healthy or treatable dogs and cats that end up in area shelters are not killed simply because there is no space for them. Through collaboration between our city, local animal welfare agencies and key leadership from the Area Foundation, the live release rate has since increased from 11 percent in 2006 to 90 percent in 2016.

More than $5 million in grant funding has been given to nonprofits for No-Kill projects.

In addition to grant funding, we provide leadership and resources, bringing people together for innovative and high-impact solutions. 

You can help San Antonio become our nation's largest No-Kill city. 

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Animal No-Kill Quarterly Reports

We have developed a series of reports to track the status of our City’s 2006 Animal Care Strategic Plan goals based on the format of Nathan Winograd’s 'No Kill Equation'. The report also shows the grants awarded to nonprofit agencies for No Kill related projects and the gifts received into our Animal No Kill Fund.

Archive Reports:

Local Resources

National Resources

Animal Welfare Partners

303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215

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