SAN ANTONIO -

The baseline goal for the City of San Antonio’s Animal Care Services is that 70 percent of all animal received there will leave there alive, either through adoption, foster care, or animal rescue groups. 

The months of February, March and April nearly hit that benchmark, causing ACS to now raise its expectations further. It wants to be at 100 percent “No Kill” in a year.

The high “live release rate” is remarkable, given that ACS has not seen a decline in the number of animals coming in. 

In fact, spokeswoman Lisa Norwood says their Intake Center has seen an high increase. 

Still, for the first time ever, “live releases” surpassed 2,000 dogs and cats in month month at 2,050.

Credit is being given to ACS Rescue partners, volunteers, staff and citizens of Bexar County who are practices the three principles needed to become “no kill." 

They are “care," “adopt," and “neuter."

People arriving to adopt animals on Wednesday at ACS say they were motivated by the idea that if they adopt, they’ll be saving a life. 

Esther Herrera was adopting a yellow Labrador for her mother. She found her dog online.

“It’s sad because on the website you see a face there and it says, ‘Pick me up before this date or I’ll be euthanized.' I was, like, really sad.”

KSAT is doing its part by launching a new feature called “Adopt a Pet." There you can search through hundreds of pictures of dogs, cats, rabbits, and even barn animals. 

The pictures of pets come from shelters all around our area.