Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the programs and services needed to eliminate the killing of at-risk animals due to lack of space, adopter or foster.

About San Antonio Pets Alive!

San Antonio Pets Alive! is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Due to alarming euthanasia rates, San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!) was founded in 2011.  SAPA! is unique—it is the only high paced, high-volume rescue in San Antonio, saving 5,000 at-risk cats and dogs from euthanasia annually.

Since its inception, SAPA! has saved more than 59,000 dogs and cats. SAPA! provides safety nets for the dogs and cats that fall through the cracks of all other lifesaving options and end up on the euthanasia lists, often with just hours to be saved. SAPA! promotes the availability of these dogs and cats to other rescues, adopters and fosters.

San Antonio Pets Alive! by the Numbers:

  • Has saved more than 59,000 lives since its inception in 2011
  • Rescues around 5,000 animals from euthanasia every year
  • Transports more than 1,000 to new lives annually
  • Gives a second chance to more than 500 puppies suffering from Parvovirus each year
  • Saves 1,000 orphaned kittens through its neonatal program each year

In 2020, San Antonio Pets Alive:

  • Saved 4,776 dogs and cats
  • Found 3,731 dogs and cats forever families
  • Transported 904 dogs to new lives up North
  • Provided 1,386 orphaned kittens and puppies with lifesaving care
  • Gave 349 parvovirus puppies a second chance

Our Core Values

  • Stewardship.  We are caretakers of the dogs and cats we save. Our stewardship also extends to the gifts we receive, our reputation and the goodwill of our community.
  • Integrity.  We believe integrity drives us to be honest and responsible in our actions and communications with our team and the general public.
  • Excellence.  We strive for excellence and efficiency in every program we implement, ensuring the best care for the dogs and cats we save and the families who love and adopt them.
  • Respect.  We treat all animals and people with dignity and kindness.
  • Lifesaving.  We believe that life is precious.  We work tirelessly with compassion, care and love to save the lives of dogs and cats and to do what's best for the animals, adopters and fosters.

SAPA! Timeline

SAPA! was founded

Dec 2011

SAPA! moved to Building 1 at Animal Care Services

Jun 2012

Petco Foundation Adoption Center Grand Opening

Apr 2014

10,000th Life Saved

May 2014

20,000th Life Saved

Feb 2015

30,000th Life Saved

Jul 2016

PetSmart Every day Adoption Center Grand Opening

Nov 2016

Headin’ Home Transport Program began with first ground transport

Dec 2016

Headin’ Home Transport Program’s first air transport

May 2017

Staycation Program began

Nov 2017

40,000th Life Saved

Mar 2018

Tail Blazer hits the road for its first ground transport

Apr 2019

First financial audit is completed

Dec 2019

Receives Platinum Seal of Approval from Charity Navigator

Apr 2020

Receives Platinum Seal of Approval from Charity Navigator

Apr 2021

56,000 lives saved

Apr 2021