Powerful expert on ‘humane communities’ to speak on San Antonio’s progress toward no-kill

A home for every pet... It seems like a nice idea, but can San Antonio make it a reality?

Becoming a humane community is a goal even larger than the no-kill status San Antonio is on its way to achieving, according to the nationally and internationally recognized speaker who will deliver a keynote address at the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Community Conversation, hosted by the Foundation’s Talk About It! program, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pica Pica Plaza Event Center, 910 SE Military Drive.

The event is presented in partnership with District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. “This Community Conversation is important so we can all gather and talk about the responsibilities we have to take care of our pets and reduce the number of homeless animals,” Viagran says.

Amy Mills, chief executive of Texas-based Emancipet, the legendary spay/neuter clinic that has played a significant role in helping Austin become a no-kill city, will speak on how cities can reduce their populations of homeless pets and improve the overall health of all pets to become a truly humane city. Mills will share her experiences, including how, before her work with Emancipet, she used to judge people who didn’t spay or neuter their pets.

The event is being held on San Antonio’s south side, which has a great need for affordable spay/neuter and preventive health services. More than 200 people attended the Community Conversation last year, demonstrating the high interest in the topic city-wide. The event is free and open to the public, and Spanish translation services will be available.

About the San Antonio Area Foundation
The San Antonio Area Foundation is improving the lives of people and pets through Talk About It!, its Animal No-Kill program, that educates the community on the importance of responsible pet care. Since 2007, the Foundation has made more than $5 million in grants for no-kill-related projects, while also hosting events that bring awareness to the no-kill movement. San Antonio’s live release rate has increased from 11 percent in 2006 to 81 percent in 2014.