SAN ANTONIO -

The Animal Defense League has announced a $2.2 million grant from the City of San Antonio, which will help bring the city to a no-kill status.  

The money will be used to build additional kennels at the shelter.      

"We're just delighted that the only way we're going to save more animals is by increasing kennel-capacity and the fact that we're gong to be able to build two new dog kennels and a state-of-the-art puppy room is so exciting," said ADL Executive Director Janice Darling.

Most of the animals will be transferred to ADL from Animal Care Services -- a plan that's expected to save more than 3,100 dogs and cats per year from being euthanized. 

"This is the final link (that) will get us to a no-kill status," said ACS Director Kathy Davis. "ADL and Humane Society and other organizations around the city are already at no-kill status, but the building of this facility will get us to exactly where we want to be."

The new kennels will be built on the existing ADL property at 11300 Nacogdoches Road.

Groundbreaking will take place in October and will be open by December 2014, at the latest.

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