SAN ANTONIO -

The west side zip code of 78207 has been identified as an area where service for pets is lacking, and incidents of delinquent pet ownership.

So the Humane Society has teamed up with Pet Smart Charities to bring the Pets for Life program to that area.

"The sole mission of this Pets for Life program is to provide resources and education," said Texas Director of the U.S. Humane Society Katie Jarl. "So we are going in (to the neighborhoods). We are meeting people in their communities (and) not waiting for them to come to us."

The Humane Society recognizes that a lot of problems stem from lack of resources.

"Do you need pet food? Lets talk to you about that. Does your dog need vaccinations? We would love to help you with that," said Jarl.

The program will be set up to make it as easy as possible for pet owners to provide for their pets.

"We will be doing vaccination clinics that will be inside the neighborhood -- inside the boundaries," said Kathy Davis, director for the City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services. "So people, all they need to do is walk down the street with their pet."

Volunteers will even look for ways to provide services such as mending fences in order to prevent pets from becoming strays.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the program is that all services and goods will be provided free of charge.

"There's no catch. You don't have to give us any information," said Jarl.  "You don't have to provide us with anything. Its free resources to the community to make sure your pet has the best life possible."

A grant from Pet Smart Charities will be covering the expenses. The program will begin in January 2014.

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