SpaySA Ceases Operation After 22 years
To prevent the overpopulation of dogs and cats by funding spay and neuter services for domestic animals owned by the residents of San Antonio and Bexar County. To develop, promote, and sponsor programs of education to encourage better understanding, greater appreciation, and better care of all animals. To engage in other activities which encourage and promote kindness, consideration, and prevention of cruelty to all animals.
The Animal Resource Center, Inc. d/b/a SpaySA was established in 1997 as a nonprofit 501c (3) organization that provided affordable, high quality, spay/neuter surgeries and wellness services to pets in San Antonio and Bexar County, SpaySA performed over 145,000 subsidized, no cost to the public and low-cost surgeries, and helped tens of thousands of dogs and cats each year through their surgery clinic, wellness services, and pet education through March 2016. SpaySA continues to support San Antonio's no-kill initiative by helping to prevent the overpopulation of dogs and cats by funding spay-neuter services and addressing the urgent need of controlling the pet overpopulation by providing information and referral services to the community.
The Animal Resource Center, known now as SpaySA, was founded in 1997. At that time, it was a collaborative effort of the Animal Defense League, the Humane Society/SPCA of Bexar County, the Veterinary Medical Association of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Division. By the year 2000, SpaySA built a reputation as a strong and responsible community leader in fighting the pet overpopulation crisis. In October of 2011, SpaySA moved from their original location on Laredo Street to West Commerce. SpaySA performed over 145,000 surgeries and helped thousands of dogs and cats each year through wellness services and pet education. Read about our shift in focus. SpaySA worked with various shelters, vet clinics, and other non-profits by funding spay neuter surgeries and assisting residents of San Antonio and Bexar County with general information to better take care of their animals.
After 3 years of providing spay/neuter funding and education for pets of low-income residents, rescue groups, and spay neuter clinics, SpaySA will discontinue operations on December 31, 2019.Once closing the clinic doors in March 2016, SpaySA continued to improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing pet education through the Pet Helpline, with the assistance from the San Antonio Area Foundation, and helping to provide spay/neuter services to residents of San Antonio and the surrounding areas. As of October of this year, SpaySA has funded over 2,350 spay neuter surgeries by supplementing more than $185,000 in surgery costs to over 17 rescue groups, animal shelters, and spay neuter clinics. We thank the numerous partners, the City of San Antonio, and the thousands of pet owners that have supported our mission of “Improving the Lives of Dogs and Cats".
We hope that ALL continue to support this mission in the future.
Cathy McCoy, Executive Director
2019 SpaySA Board