ANIMAL FRIENDS HUMANE SOCIETY

Rating: 3.47 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 23445 Hwy 281 N San Antonio TX 78258 USA

Mission:

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since their internal restructing and new focus, Animal Friends now Heart of Texas SPCA, is making a huge positive impact on the community and helping more homeless animals than ever. They have a great team who work together to assure that every dog that finds their way to their facility finds a forever loving home. Their community involvement is key and staying focused on their mission gives them the strength to continue.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with Animal Friends for more than 5 years- fostering as well as volunteering. All of my ratings are based upon the new management and location (my answers would have been much different a year ago). I'm glad I hung in there so that I could see all of the positive changes first hand!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

All of the dogs that were adopted while I was fostering them were placed in loving forever homes. I still hear from many of them and it fills my heart with joy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

implement a formal fund-raising program

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Fostering has taught me a lot about how to manage a multiple dog household.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

like I made an impact on the dogs' lives

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Rating: 4 stars  

I adopted a little spaniel mix from this shelter and was very happy with the organization. I am sure it is difficult to run a shelter on a limited budget while depending upon volunteer help. When I realized they needed help, I organized a drive at our school to gather food, blankets, and money to help them out. It would seem that if more people would help instead of criticize, life would be better for all concerned. I commend them for saving the lives of the animals that have been in their charge.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The people currently running Animal Friends are very dedicated and competant. Over the past 30 years plus I've been helping various shelters and rescue groups wherever I am- that includes Albuquerque, Boston and the pacific northwest. I've seen the worst and the best and believe me, Animal friends is among the best. From the medical care they seek to the love (and food, and flea products, deworming, etc.) that they give is nothing short of commendable. Every step taken to preserve a life is admirable and AF dogs are fortunate to end up in such good hands.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

It seems that there are those who make harmful statements that are no longer based in truth. With the change in location, there have also been changes in supervision and the Board members not only pitch in, but they do much of the work themselves. It saddens me to think of all the wasted time and energy that is spent counteracting the hateful gossip aimed at Animal Friends. They have been invited out to the new location, but it seems that they prefer to sling mud and venom from behind the cover of annonimity. They claim to care about the animals when in reality, they are causing more harm. The former director is gone and the people responbsible for all the trouble, have taken over the Borgfeld location. Maybe they should focus on the animals in their care and let Animal Friends do the same.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am so grateful for Animal Friends. There have been so many dogs that just want and need to be given another chance in life and that's exactly what Animal Friends does. Each and every dog that comes through the doors of Animal Friends are loved unconditionally. The volunteers work hard at providing for these animals and help to make sure they are adopted out to a good home. The volunteers have such big hearts and really put these animals first, making sure they are cared for.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We got our baby girl from this shelter. Was the shelter like my home? Of course not. They have more animals than I and less money to work with! All the folks who are complaining about the shelter, well, maybe they need to change their outlook. The animals are what are important. Sure, paperwork is a necessary evil, but it shouldn't take precendence. The animals should. Board members, have you spent a day voluntering here? Have you cleaned the kennels, fed and watered the animals? Do you know that side of the picture? Or are you simply sitting at a board room table criticizing? I am greatful for the shelter and the help they provide for abandoned animals. I think they are doing the best they can do with what they have and that is more than a lot of people are doing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have two great dogs that I got from Animal Friends. Both were in excellent health when I got them. Every time I have been to the shelter, the animals wewre being exercised, enclosures were being cleaned; everything possible was being done to help the animals.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

There's not enough words to express the gratitude I have for Animal Friends and what they've done for our family. Our family consist of 4 cats and our 12 year old Standard Poodle. We were in search of another poodle and from the recommendations of our vet found Animal Friends. 'Dewey' the Goldendoodle was 4 months old and had been surrendered by it's owner to Animal Friends. We could not have found a better match for our family. The staff was so kind and friendly to Dewey and took such good care of him until he chose us to join him to make our family complete. Paula and her team work tirelessly to find homes for these special pets and as I stated earlier we cannot thank them enough. Dewey is living a grand life with us being mothered by our Standard Josie and taught who's the boss by our 4 cats :) Thank you Animal Friends for all you do! Amanda McTyre

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After my two dogs were killed by wild hogs (before moving to San Antonio) I thought I'd never get another dog. Then I met the most wonderful collie mix. He is my constant companion. He got his start with Animal Friends. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be together. He was healthy and happy when I adopted him. Now we are both happier. I go to as many events as possible and donate food and money. Everything is always appreciated. Thank you and God Bless Animal Friends.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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