San Antonio Police Chief reveals his love for cats

Chief McManus discusses love for cats and importance of feline adoption for National Adopt a Cat Month

SAN ANTONIO – “I’m kind of an animal guy, but cats happen to be one of my favorites,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

McManus denies being a cat whisperer, but he was probably just being modest, as a kitten crawled on his shoulders.

The cat’s out of the bag; McManus is a cat guy.

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, which encourages people to remember our feline friends when considering adopting a pet. If you follow McManus on X, he posts about the cats he has been feeding for the past few years at downtown SAPD headquarters.

But, does McManus keep cat food in his vehicle at all times?

“Yep. You go out there right now, you’ll see a big basket of cat food in the rear of my car,” McManus said.

The headquarters kitties definitely have a tail on Chief McManus’ vehicle.

“They come when they see the car pull up or come out,” McManus said. “I drive by there on the weekends when nobody’s around. I usually go in on Saturdays, and I’ll feed them in the mornings, and sometimes Sundays, if I’m not doing anything, I run down and feed them.”

He is sharing his love of cats and how he takes care of the downtown feral cats and his adopted cats at home because he wants to raise awareness for cat adoption month.

San Antonio Animal Care Services is at full capacity in its feline section and is encouraging cat or kitten adoptions, fosters, and its community cat program.

“We have a lot of feral cats in San Antonio, but we also have a number of organizations, Animal Care Services included, that are proposing and supporting the only real life-saving solution, and that is trap neuter return,” said Lisa Norwood of San Antonio Animal Care Services.

The Community Cat Program is for feral cats that show up at your door, like Chief McManus’ headquarters kitties. The program helps you trap, spay, neuter, vaccinate, and release them back to their community, where they live out their lives outdoors, and people like McManus provide them with food, water, and outdoor shelter.

“There’s a need,” McManus said. “I mean, there’s so many stray animals on the street, and, if they can be taken care of, great.”

About the Authors

Sarah Acosta is a weekend Good Morning San Antonio anchor and a general assignments reporter at KSAT12. She joined the news team in April 2018 as a morning reporter for GMSA and is a native South Texan.

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