Get your pet fix April 11 at Pets Alive event

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Paul Jolly Adoption Center needs volunteers.

By V.L. Roberson

Volunteering with San Antonio Pets Alive is fun and simple as walking a dog or playing with a furry feline.

“Pets are walked daily at 10 a.m. to help socialize them and assure their readiness for adoption,” Mary Elise Ferrer, coordinator of student success at this college, said.

If students can’t make it for daily pet walks, they can volunteer April 11.

On April 11, SAPA is inviting students and community to come out and get involved.

The event is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the new Paul Jolly Adoption Center, 210 Tuleta Drive, across from the San Antonio Zoo and Brackenridge Park.

“Just come out on the morning of the event to participate,” Ferrer said. “Those who want to volunteer for this one-day event only need to sign a waiver.”

The waiver is a standard release from liability in case of an incident, according to the SAPA website.

“I’m a regular volunteer,” Isabelle Burke, senior multimedia specialist at this college, said. “SAPA is always looking for volunteers. There are so many dogs.”

This is the second time this college has organized an event there. The first was in the fall.

Volunteers routinely walk dogs, play with cats and clean kennels, according to the SAPA website.

SAPA works exclusively to save animals scheduled for immediate euthanasia by the city’s Animal Care Services Department.

Built on the site of the former Animal Care Services, the center was partially funded by $1 million from the Petco Foundation, according to the SAPA website.

In addition to volunteering, other alternatives include adopting, providing foster care or making a donation at

Contact Ferrer at 210-486-0125 or or Burke at for more information.


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