It was 11 years ago when Jay Pennington’s cat disappeared. A pet lover, losing a family pet was tough.
So Pennington decided to make a bold move.
He mixed his passion for animals with his career as a computer programmer.
The result was a website called SApets.com.
"I work on it every day,” said Pennington. "It’s definitely a passion. It’s got its rewards. People get their pets back."
Over the decade, Pennington has refined the site. He runs it from his Hill Country home and pays for the site himself. he goal is to reunite owners with lost pets.
"I get roughly about 3,000 to 7,000 hits a day on the website,” added Pennington.
The site operates by listing the inventory at Animal Care Services and allowing uploads of lost and found pets. The lists can often be long.
Pennington has also added a new section to the website to help animals at the Brooks Base Kennels, an overflow location for ACS.
"I’ve listed maps of how to get to Brooks (City Base). I’ve listed maps within Brooks, hours of operation, and phone numbers,” said Pennington.
All of that effort does pay off.
Pennington keeps a folder full of success stories -- reunions of happy pets and owners.
According to Pennington, reunions happen weekly.
"'We're so happy Xena's back home. Thanks for all the help,'” recited Pennington from a recent thank you note he received.
The site is updated often and includes pets from San Antonio and the Boerne areas.
There is also an option to donate to the website to cover the costs of fees.