CONTACT: Lisa Norwood, 210.207.6665
SAN ANTONIO (December 17, 2021) – It’s that time of year when people’s minds typically drift towards finding that perfect gift and many people decide a new pet would be just the thing. While Animal Care Services does not discourage holiday pet adoptions, the city shelter does strongly encourage residents to make an informed decision when adopting a pet at any time of the year. In fact, San Antonio’s shelters and rescues have hundreds of adoption-ready pets who are invested in placing you with the perfect companion animal. Vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery are generally included in the adoption fee and many animal agencies will have regular specials during the holidays.
Due to a change in local law last year, pet stores within the city limits are now required to work with local shelters and certified rescue organizations instead of large commercial breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills. The new law does not impact a person’s ability to obtain the pet of their choice from an animal shelter, rescue group, or a reputable breeder who sells directly to the public provided they have the required ACS licensing. It remains against the law for pets to be sold on the side of the road, in parking lots, or in other unauthorized spaces.