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Editor’s Note

Editor In Chief Rudolfo Lopez Operations Heather Templeton Outreach Erika Mariani Bilingual Correspondent Gisela Gutierrez

IGNITE! We would like to first recognize all of those who have served our country and continue to serve today. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Photographer Christy Savarino Contributor Jessica Saavedra

In this special issue of SA Amigo, we showcase District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña and Jessica Saldaña, who are working together with the community to promote animal wellness initiatives. We feature the artwork of Mari Hernandez, an artist who creates a powerful dialogue using meaningful layers of imagery and iconography. We also look at the story of Lance Ziebell, an army veteran whose non-profit organization, Z’s Rescue and Relocation, not only works at putting animals in better homes, but also adopts pets out to veterans and active duty military members free of charge.

Together, let us ignite a flame that will serve as a beacon of support for all of the animals in our community and beyond. 2

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Rey Saldaña & Jessica Saldaña Fostering a New Era of Pet Ownership

T he first true day of fall has arrived in San Antonio, Texas.

fully paid scholarship to Stanford University, where he earned two bachelor's degrees (political science and communication) and a fifth year master’s degree in policy, organization, and leadership studies. Utilizing the skills he developed throughout college, Saldaña returned home to south side of San Antonio, where he was then elected to serve as City Councilman for District 4. Throughout his years of service, Saldaña has been actively involved in promoting and creating educational opportunities for the city’s youth. Saldaña is expanding his focus to help educate the pet owners of San Antonio with a program called the Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative.

Here at Pearsall Park, hundreds of people and animals are enjoying the 505 acres of land nestled deep in the city’s south side. Once the site of a city landfill, Pearsall Park now hosts fitness areas, a dog park, pavilions, playgrounds, and the largest skate park in the city of San Antonio. The dramatic transformation that Pearsall Park has undergone is the perfect visual representation of the leadership impact of District 4 City Councilman Rey Saldaña. After growing up on the city’s south side and graduating from South San High School, Saldaña was awarded with a


The Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative is a program that aims to educate the community on how to properly care for their pets and improve areas of the city that have the highest number of bite cases and stray animal calls by going door to door and addressing problems within the community.

“Our goal is to educate the kids so that they can be the new ambassadors for animal care.”

Saldaña, will play an important role in shaping the future of responsible pet ownership. City leaders like Saldaña have recognized this and are pushing for initiatives that go out into the schools to educate the children. “Our goal is to educate the kids so that they can be the new ambassadors for animal care.”

According to Saldaña, people are finding out that the lesson of compassion being taught to the children not only extends to animals, but also extends towards all other liv“This initiative means you are actually going into the com- ing beings that the students interact with. munities where you know you have the biggest problems, Over the last several years, San Antonio has turned interand you’re diagnosing them at somebody’s doorstep. active educational courses into traveling roadshows, which You’re learning from the community as much as they’re visit schools from all across the city. Saldaña believes that learning from you.” lessons learned from these school roadshows have had an Saldaña believes that this hands-on approach provides an important, lasting impact on the youth of San Antonio. effective way of targeting areas that require the most overall assistance. “These roadshows are really effective because you educate the public in a different way by focusing on the children. “The Comprehensive Neighborhood Sweeps Initiative These kids are in a place, at school, where they are there involves going into neighborhoods and putting a lot of to learn and their minds are open to different ideas and sweat equity into the outcome - which is having more re- initiatives.” sponsible pet owners. You’re doing that by providing people with resources and making those resources easily acAs Saldaña explains, the students learn valuable lessons; cessible to them.” such as how a dog would feel out in the cold winter. The children then share the lessons they’ve learned with their “It can feel a little bit like you’re going one at a time, but families. that’s really the level of investment you need to take because people want to be able to do the right thing.” Saldaña understands that in order to be effective with implementing change, a proper balance between educating the public and enforcing the laws must be made. As the city works to promote more responsible ownership, the focus is on doing so as efficiently and effectively as possible. As Saldaña explains, education is a good way “Being a responsible pet owner is a very new concept to to increase the number of responsible pet owners while some of those in our community. Vaccinating their dogs, properly utilizing the city’s resources. keeping them in an area that is covered, and providing them access to food several times a day is new to pet “Educating the public is what the real solution looks like,” owners who, in the past, may have only seen dogs as a Saldaña says. form of security.” Educational services will not only extend to the adult pet owners of San Antonio. The city is also putting programs in place that focus on the city’s youth, who, according to

“Educating the public is what the real solution looks like.”


“Roaming, and the amount of multiplication that was happening was just not working out. We’ve been getting smarter over the last five or six years. The city has contributed to building more space, providing more spay and s Jessica Saldaña walks towards the District 4 Field neuter services, and working with partners so that they Office at Pearsall Park, she’s being led by Lumi, a beautican help foster and adopt.” ful hound mix with endless energy. Sweetie, a yorkie terriIt’s an up-front cost that Saldaña believes will benefit the er mix, confidently trails behind them, keeping a watchful city in the long run. eye on Jessica as any protective friend of 13 years would.


Experts have stated that if only 5% of the city’s total population fostered at least 1 animal per year, the city would save thousands of animals. Councilman Saldaña and his wife Jessica are active supporters of the animal foster programs in San Antonio, and have even fostered several animals themselves. Councilman Saldaña provides a simple reason for the value of fostering a pet. “If the dog is in my house, it’s not in danger of being euthanized.” Over time, he has undergone his own journey of becoming a responsible pet owner. Saldaña now shares a home with two adopted dogs, one foster dog, and one cat. Rey and Jessica Saldaña are strong believers that the inside of your home should be shared with all your family, including your dogs and cats. The Saldañas encourage anyone who is able, to foster a pet. Compassion and education are the driving factors of Councilman Rey Saldaña’s leadership. On this beautiful first day of fall, I watch Saldaña as he reaches the latest beneficiary of his compassion, a small spider on the patio of the District 4 Field Office. First, Saldaña alerts us to the web’s location. Then, after we have safely avoided the spider’s web, he carefully grabs a small strand of webbing and moves the it to another wooden column. In this instant, his small act of compassion has not only saved another person from walking into the spider’s path, he has also created a better, safer environment for the spider as well. This act itself is symbolic of the actions and initiatives that Saldaña has championed to improve the quality of life for all of his constituents, human and animal alike.

Together, Lumi Sweetie, Jessica, and Rey make up the Saldaña family, active members of the San Antonio pet community. Jessica is a frequent volunteer and supporter of local shelters and foster programs. In addition to her volunteer work, she currently serves on the board of The Humane Society. We talked with Jessica about her pets and what we can do to promote a healthier environment for all animals. She recalled to us her experience with pets growing up. “I’ve always had dogs,” Jessica says, “Sweetie has been with me since college. She was rescued off the streets of San Antonio, hairless and in bad shape. Now, she’s the best dog I’ve ever had and is extremely loyal. We just recently rescued Lumi, who was a foster when coming to us. We tend to foster a lot of pups at hour house.” To Jessica, Rey has played an important role in contributing to the family’s active involvement in the pet community. “Rey has been great. He wasn’t always used to dogs sleeping on the bed or eating menudo with the rest of the family,” She says jokingly. “Together, we help as many dogs as we can. We work to find them good homes and foster them to keep them from being euthanized.”

“We have a responsibility to make the lives of our pets better...”


When it comes to taking care of animals, Jessica believes there are key things that everyone can do to contribute.

“We have a responsibility to make the lives of our pets better, so that we don’t have our dogs running around on the streets and possibly getting hit by cars, or causing concerns “As pet owners, we have to all do our part, which includes to other residents,” Jessica says. having our pets spayed and neutered, making sure pets are “The city has a lot of great resources,” She adds, “It’s up to on leashes, and rescuing from shelters when we can.” all of us to raise our hands and talk to our city council representatives, reach out to ACS, and take advantage of the “I think Animal Care Services is doing a phenomenal job resources that are available.” of helping our community and helping our residents become more knowledgeable as pet owners.”

While the city has made great strides to improve the lives of its pets, Jessica believes that everyone shares the same task of making San Antonio a safe place for animals.

Jessica believes that as long as we act humane and treat pets and animals as family, we’ll be in a better direction as a city. “One animal at a time, I say! It makes a difference!”


Local Animal Agencies Animal Care Services 210.207.4PET Animal Defense League

Noviembre es el Mes Nacional Adopte un animal doméstico mayor.

madura vienen con una gran cantidad de rasgos positivos que sus contrapartes más jóvenes pueden faltar. Perros y gatos mayores tienden a ser más tranquilo y relajado. Más a menudo que no, los animales mayores vienen entrenados y domesticados. También han crecido probablemente fuera de Debido a diversas su fase destructiva, por lo que no circunstancias, los perros viejos a tendrán que preocuparse por veces no llegan a terminar sus zapatos y almohadas destruidos! vidas con sus dueños originales. Los animales domésticos de Esto se puede atribuir a las mayor edad no vienen con una dificultades financieras, la muerte, gran cantidad de mantenimiento u otros cambios en la vida, como en comparación con un gato o un tener un bebé. A pesar de las perro joven, pero vienen con dificultades y los cambios que en mucho amor. la vida suceden, perros y gatos de edad avanzada tienden a tener la Mediante la adopción de un animal de compañía de mayor situation más difícil: encontrar edad, no sólo vas a salvar una un nuevo hogar. Mientras que muchas personas prefieren elegir vida, podrás restaurar un corazón roto. Hay muchos perros y gatos perros y gatos más jóvenes para que crezcan junto con la familia, por ahí en busca de una segunda es importante que no se olvide de oportunidad de ser feliz. Este mes de Noviembre, dale el regalo los otros animales por ahí en de un hogar lleno de amor de busca de otra oportunidad en el nuevo a un perro o un gato que la amor y la vida. suya ha perdido y gane el amor ¿Por qué debe adoptar una de un amigo peludo para toda la mascota de edad madura? vida. Animales domésticos de edad


210.655.1481 San Antonio Humane Society 210.226.7461 San Antonio Pets Alive! 210.370.7612 Live Oak Animal Shelter 210.653.9140 x228 Universal City Animal Shelter 210.658.0700 Z’s Rescue and Relocation 210.248.7834 Converse Animal Shelter 210.658.4821 SNAP (Spay & Neuter Assistance Program) 210.673.7722 Rudy’s Feed Store (vaccination clinic) 210.223.2832 Pet Shotz 210.735.1004

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y name is Lance Ziebell and I am the owner of Z’s Rescue and Relocation in Floresville, TX. As a former U.S. Army Combat Veteran, I worked for animal control services until I finally decided to do what I love on my own, rescue animals. I began my rescue efforts by capturing wildlife, such as snakes, possums, bats, and other animals found in urban areas, then releasing them back into the wild, away from people, where the animals could be safe. It was from those rescues that Z’s Rescue and Relocation was born.

“Every day, 22 Veterans commit suicide due to mental illnesses.”

Lance Ziebell

Z’s Rescue and Relocation was created in 2012. In addition to finding wildlife and releasing them into safe areas, we also began rescuing dogs and cats. In 2014, we expanded our operations by opening a shelter in Floresville, TX, appropriately named Z’s Rescue. One of the most important things we’ve done was hiring Sr. Kennel Tech Krissy Kunz. Krissy does an amazing job and helps me with the rescue efforts when my injuries prohibit me from doing as much as I would like to do. Without her help, Z’s Rescue and Relocation wouldn’t be what it is today. She has become more than a rescue worker to all of us; she is now a part of our family.


“My hope is that the animals we adopt out can help heal the veterans, just as Joker has helped heal me.”

“all Veterans and Active Duty Military members will always adopt animals from Z’s Rescue and Relocation free of charge.“ I focus most of my efforts on an initiative called STOP 22. Every day, 22 Veterans commit suicide due to mental illnesses. Approximately 2 years ago, I myself was almost 1 of the 22 suicides per day. It was during that difficult time that I met Joker. I found Joker, a pit bull puppy, in a field in the middle of winter. He was only 6-8 weeks old and was covered in fleas and ticks. Joker and I saved each other. I took him out of the cold and gave him a good home, and he helped heal me and prevented me from taking my own life. Being a veteran who almost found himself 1 of the 22, I wanted to give back to the military and help the other veterans and military members going through their own difficult times. Because of that, I decided that all Veterans and Active Duty Military members will always adopt animals from Z’s Rescue and Relocation free of charge. My hope is that the animals we adopt out can help heal the veterans, just as Joker has helped heal me.

“He’s a perfect example of how you can’t judge a dog by its breed.” Z’s Rescue and Rehabilitation has grown a lot over the last few years. We have moved from just having a dog shelter to now having educational programs at schools and events. Currently, we bring in all animals from dogs to reptiles and birds. We take our animals with us all over in an effort to help educate others. Joker himself serves as a great educator. As a pit bull service dog, he teaches people that pit bulls are not bad dogs. He’s a perfect example of how you can’t judge a dog by its breed.

Meet Boo and Blade! Boo is a Female American Pit Bull/Mix. Blade is a Male American Pit Bull/Mix. Both are a just a little over one month old and are up for adoption at Z’s Rescue and Relocation. For more information, contact (210)248-7834.



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erros y gatos comparten algunas diferencias entre ellos. Mientras los perros buscanafecto y intentan a conseguir nuestra atención, los gatos son muy independientes y pueden mantenerse así mismos. Pero mientras que los gatos pueden parecer a veces a ellos no nos necesitan, no es cierto! No sólo somos responsables de la alimentación de ellos y proporcionarles refugio, somos responsables para ponerlos en un lugar donde puedan vivir una vida larga y saludable. Una decisión importante que tenemos en la vida de un gato es la decisión de mantener al gato adentro o afuera. Los gatos son cazadores naturales y tienen un amor para la libertad de explorar los alrededores. Mientras que los gatos pueden valerse por sí mismos bastante efectivamente fuera, su promedio de vida disminuyen enormemente cuando son expuestos a los elementos del gran desconocido. La expectativa promedio de vida de un gato es menos de 5 años. Varios factores pueden contribuira acortar la vida de su amigo felino. Aquí están algunos peligros a tener en cuenta:

De Dirofilaria immitis:

FLV se transmite a través de la orina, heces, sangre y mordiscos. Mantener todos tus gatos en interiores es la mejor manera de mantenerlos seguros.

Virus de la Inmunodeficiencia Felina: Virus de la inmunodeficiencia felina (FIV), funciona de forma similar al virus del HIV en los seres humanos. FIV ataque al sistema inmunitario del gato, impidiendo que se lucha contra otras enfermedades y virus que de otra forma no lo afectan. El FIV se transmite a través de la sangre, y habitualmente se transfieren cuando un gato muerde otro. No existe cura para la FIV y vacunas puede no ser la mejor opción. Hable con su veterinario acerca de las mejores opciones para el tratamiento y la prevención. Recuerde, la mejor forma de mantener a sus gatos de obtención de FIV es mantenerlas en interiores.

Otros colaboradores: Otras situaciones inesperadas pueden contribuir a acortar duraciones de gato. Estos pueden variar desde agresiones a accidentes de coche. Los gatos son naturalmente curiosos, y mantenerlas en interiores puede limitar la exposición que tienen a peligrosos curiosidades.

De Dirofilaria immitis son una de las principales causas de enfermedades y muerte de mascotas en el país.De Dirofilaria immitis son transmitidos por mosquitos, pero puede ser evitado fácilmente con una adecuadaprevención de la dirofilariosis y medicación. Hable con su veterinario acerca de la prevención Mientras gatos que están afuera viven un promedio de vida de los menores de 5 años, los gatos que viven adentro pueden de la dirofilariosis. vivir hasta 18-20 años si están correctamente vacunadas y bien La leucemia Felina: cuidadas. Eso es una diferencia de 13-15 años. Piensa en todo el tiempo extra y de todos los momentos especiales que El virus de la leucemia felina, también conocido como FLV, puedes compartir con tu pequeño furball. ataca el sistema inmunitario del gato, enjugando es una protección natural contra las bacterias y otros microorganismos en el Una cosa para recordar es que hay algunos gatos que naturalaire que los humanos y los gatos están expuestos diariamente. mente viven afuera. Puede ver estos gatos, también conocidos como gatos salvajes, en grandes escuelas o universidades Además de esto, FLV puede causar cáncer y otros trastornos donde operan las empresas. Consulte con la oficina del camde la sangre en los gatos. Aunque existen vacunas para FLV, algunas vacunas pueden no resultar eficaz. Hable con su veter- pus para obtener información acerca de su gato salvaje programa antes de decidir adoptar un gato en casa. Algunos de inario para discutir las mejores opciones para su mascota. estos gatos pueden ya ser cuidado. 17

THE KE Y TO BE T TE R LIV ING Visualizing the Hierarchy of Dog Needs Created by Linda Michaels, M.A. Psychology, the Hierarchy of Dog Needs provides us with a visual wellness and behavior model for dogs. The Hierarchy of Dog Needs promotes the importance of dog wellness while maintaining force-free behavior modification techniques.

The Hierarchy of Dog Needs ™ (HDN) is a novel adaptation of the renowned psychologist, Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of (human) Needs™ that you may already be familiar with. Maslow’s school of thought was the “3rd Force” in the field of psychology, historically following psychoanalysis and behaviorism.

However, the Hierarchy of Dog Needs is a unique adaptation for dogs! It combines our dogs’ Biological, Social, Emotional, and Cognitive needs with non-aversive behavior modification techniques, presented together in a one-page graphic that is easy to understand and easy to use.

The HDN is a unique model of wellness and behavior modification. The dog’s needs are listed hierarchically. However, the exclusively force-free behavior modification techniques may be safely and effectively used in any order or combination. You will notice in the HDN that neither positive punishment, negative reinforcement, negative punishment, nor extinction appear. They are purposefully absent.

Linda Michaels, Creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs, Experimental Psychology M.A., (Hons) focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human psychological conditions, such as: fear, separation/attachment disorders and aggression as well as animal wellness. Linda’s worked with some of the most difficult cases at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA across five years, and is an outspoken animal welfare advocate opposing dominance-based dog training methods and aversive collar devices. The development of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs ™ (HDN) -- A wellness and force-free behavior modification guide -- is one of Linda’s most significant contributions to animal welfare and training You may contact Linda here: Del Mar Dog Training



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