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Roadmap to No Kill

Talk About It!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Roadmap to No Kill

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Mark your calendar! This fall, Mike Arms, a nationally known pet expert will share his strategies and insight San Antonio's road to arrive at No Kill. This expert will give us direction that will help San Antonio continue with positive momentum to our final destination, which is to become No Kill by 2015. A light snack will be provided by the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Keynote Speaker: Mike Arms

Helen Woodward Animal Center President Michael Arms is a pioneer in the animal welfare industry. He is recognized worldwide as the creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and "Iams Home 4 the Holidays."
 

Since Mike’s arrival in 1999, the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California has grown dramatically. For more than 30 years, the No-Kill Center has provided humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. The Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world.
 
The Talk About It! campaign looks forward to seeing you at our Community Conversation.

The Story of Mike Arms

Mike Arms came to animal welfare in a most unusual way. He arrived in New York in the 1960's ready to take on the world with an accounting degree and the desire to make it big. An employment agency suggested that he might take a position at the ASPCA because it would look good on his resume.

Mike didn't even know what an ASPCA was at that time, but thought it would be a good experienceo manage the finances of such a large organization. The stress of seeing the horrors that mankind perpetrated against the animals of New York quickly became too much for Mike, as the ASPCA was killing over 140,000 innocent animals a year at that time. He gave his resignation and was running away from animal welfare.

With just six days to go until his last day, Mike got a call that there was a dog hit by a car on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx. There were no ambulance drivers available, so he took off his suit jacket and put on an ambulance driver jacket and drove out to the accident scene. Upon his arrival he saw a black and tan shepherd/terrier mix lying in the street. The dog had been hit with such force that his back was broken - he was literally bent in half. As Mike approached the injured dog two men came out of a nearby doorway and asked him what he was doing.

Arms calmly explained that the little dog was dying and he was taking him to the hospital. The men told him that he wasn't taking the dog anywhere. Mike inquired as to if it was their dog and they said, "No, but we are taking bets on how long it is going to live." Arms told them they were sick and turned to lift the dog into the ambulance. As he bent to lift the injured puppy, the men attacked him with a bottle to the head followed by the smack of a baseball bat and the sharp pain of a knife thrust into his hip and shoulder. Mike was knocked unconscious and as he lay in the street bleeding the little dog, who should not have been able to move, crawled to Mike's side to lick him awake.

It was a true epiphany for Arms as he spoke to God and said "Let me live, and I promise you, I will do everything in my lifetime to protect them." Mike has remained true to his word as the man who has saved more animals than any other person, living or dead, in animal welfare history.

Have questions about Roadmap to No Kill? Contact Talk About It!

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Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78230

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)


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Talk About It!

Talk About It!, the Animal No-Kill program of the San Antonio Area Foundation, educates the community on the importance of Care. Adopt. Neuter. to help San Antonio become the largest no-kill city in the nation.

No-kill means any healthy, treatable, or adoptable pet that ends up at the city shelter will not be put down simply because there is no space for them.

Established in 2007, Talk About It! serves as the driving force to bring people together in an effort to make San Antonio a better place for companion pets.

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