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City to hand over reins of Paul Jolly Adoption Center to Animal Defense League

SAPA fears takeover could change city's no-kill efforts

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Pets Alive will be losing the Paul Jolly Adoption Center. The city wants to hand over the reins to the Animal Defense League.

SAPA fears that could be a blow to the city’s no-kill efforts.

Earlier this year, the nonprofit asked the city for emergency funding. The city voted unanimously to award it with a $375,000 bailout on the condition that other organizations could bid on managing the adoption center.

SAPA is the only organization in town that focuses solely on animals that are set to be euthanized.

The organization says it rescues 6,500 animals a year. Three thousand of those rescues are made possible by the Paul Jolly Adoption Center.

The vote to hand over the center is expected to be finalized next Thursday.