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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: To protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education.

Results: The SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates thousands of dogs and cats every year.

Target demographics: Those living in San Antonio and the surrounding area who are passionate about dogs and cats.

Direct beneficiaries per year: By adopting out thousands of dogs and cats a year, the SAHS gives abused, injured, surrendered, and stray animals an opportunity to find a forever, loving home.

Programs: Adoption, Spay/Neuter Services, Wellness Clinics, Microchipping, Humane Education, Volunteer Opportunities, Disaster Relief, Pet Guardianships, Transfer Programs, and Medical Rescue

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Approx 2 years ago my family and I adopted our fur kid Lily. She was a cute little chihuahua mix and we decided she was it! The process to adopt is very thorough. The SAHS does a great job of placing animals in good homes. These pets deserve good homes and require basic needs. Although Lily was found on I10 the SAHS had done extensive Heath checks, vaccines, and even spayed her. They truly have their pets ready to go at their very best. Not only is their staff extremely knowledgeable, kind and friendly they also have services at discounted prices that they offer after you’ve taken your pet home. Since going through the process of adopting Lily my husband and I have continued to keep the SAHS close to our hearts! Rescuing is a very fulfilling act of love and kindness. You go in wanting to help an animal in need and after time you realize they have given you things you didn’t know you needed. Thank you SAHS!

Diane W.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered here for 17 years, now, and know it's a wonderful place! Everyone is passionate about our furry friends and dedicated to finding them forever homes! We work with other shelters and provide many educational opportunities for the community. We also host low-cost wellness clinics which are very popular. I am owned by 2 kitty SAHS alums and have also fostered both cats and dogs. The best decision I ever made, as an animal lover, was signing up for the new volunteer intro class back in 2003!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tomato! We adopted this little love bug from San Antonio Humane Society in November of 2019 and he is the sweetest cat. The only weird thing about Tomato is he thinks he's a dog! He was raised by 5 dogs, including his pit bull "mommy" who dotes on him constantly. The staff at SAHS were really helpful throughout the adoption process and made it very easy to bring him home. He is a great addition to our Furr Family!
Thank you, San Antonio Humane Society, you have helped bring so much joy into our lives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at the San Antonio Humane Society were incredibly friendly and professional. The facility was clean and all of the animals were well taken care of. After my dog of 9 years passed, I made several trips to the humane society in search of a new companion. I never felt rushed throughout the adoption process and couldn’t be happier with my experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is where I found and adopted Franklin. He is a delightful addition to our family and loves everyone he meets. The SAHS has provided Franklin and our other 6 pets with top notch veterinary and prevention care. The doctors and clinic staff love and respect animals and it shows through their treatment of each pet they see.
Not only did the SAHS connect me with the best dog ever, they continue to make it comfortable and affordable to keep him healthy. If you are looking to expand your family, I urge you to consider adoption from the San Antonio Humane Society!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we first met Rocky at the SA Humane Society, he had a sign on his kennel to “approach slowly, I’m barking b/c I’m scared” but when my husband walked up to him, he stopped barking. We instantly knew that he was the one. He is my little guy and my protector. Big thanks to the SA Humane Society for making it an easy process and for taking care of our animals. #adoptdontshop

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went in the day before they close due to Covid. The next day I went in and I was going to put in an application, but it turned out they closed. as soon as they started online adoptions I put my application in immediately. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful throughout the whole process. I couldn’t have had a better experience in such a difficult time with an adoption (:

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my husband and I were looking to make our little family a bit bigger, we didn't want to go to a pet stores because I knew there was a lot of puppies and dogs that could need our love. When I first got into the SAhumane society we went to the puppy building Levi started barking from all his brothers and sisters he was barking and making himself notice. We spend some time getting to know him, I had to wait for the next day to come and take him come with me. The next day once I walked in he was crying happy to see me that made my heart melt I knew he was the one for us. He's almost 5 months now and we love him more than the first day we got him.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet boy Bentley (10-year-old long-haired dachshund) gets his yearly vaccinations and monthly flea/heartworm treatment from the SAHS. I trust the vets and vet techs completely - they obviously love pets and do their best to keep all of the pets in their care calm and safe!

Kathryn H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you have been to other shelters you know the minute you drive up that it is something special. It is a beautiful facility. All animals there are shown love and care by all. From all the workers to the dog walk areas and cat lounge rooms.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone there is passionate about animals and finding their fur ever homes!!!
I’ve adopted from there and so have my family and friends

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome place to find your next forever fur baby. I adopted mine from here over 2 years ago. The adoption process is great and they screen everyone. The animals seem happy and they always post updates on th fur babies that found their forever home.

Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization - well stewarded donations at work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I foster for the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS). We just love how they take care of their animals and are a no-kill shelter. Not only do they take care and adopt out animals, but they also make sure that the animals are in top shape. They help the fosters by making sure they have everything they need, from food, bedding, toys, and medications if needed. They even have classes you can take to know what to do in emergencies, how to take care of babies, etc. In our opinion, San Antonio Humane Society is the best shelter in town!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I visited SAHS was in 2005, I wanted to adopt a cat. I was immediately impressed with how clean and bright the buildings are, the adoption areas are spotless and the employees are SOOOOOO friendly and helpful. Needless to say, I left with Fiona, the most wonderful kitten there. 14 years later, she's still my favorite!

A few years later, I started fostering kittens, cats, puppies and dogs for SAHS. I have had so much fun! The staff are always very helpful and nice. They always have answers and words of encouragement. I will foster for them forever!

1 Barbara P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great people at the brooks location
Helpful and work very hard to get the animals in when they have spay neuter clinics.

1 Vicki Crank Wewe R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone to the SA Humane Society for neutering my dog and heartworm test/medication as well as vaccinations for my cats. They are professional, polite, and wonderful people.

Carolyn N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love, love, love this place. We have adopted from here twice, and now I volunteer as a foster for them. Their passion for the job and love of animals is apparent.

Kathy Z.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SAHS follows its mission to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats in the San Antonio area. The staff and the leadership are professional, passionate and caring; animals in their care receive the respect and support they deserve until they are placed in their "forever" homes. My experience with this organization has been, without exception, very positive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for the SAHS and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. It’s amazing to see first hand what a difference this organization is making.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a volunteer here and everyone who works here is very kind and caring towards the animals in this shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Staff is very helpful and the animals are well taken care of

Faith M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have so enjoyed my time volunteering at the SAHS!! My schedule changes often. It is so easy to go help on my time. They are a wonderful group of employees and volunteers. I am always informed of opportunities to help with events and special needs of the day. So caring. The animals are always the focus. It's my happy place. I love being there. Anything I can do to help. It's a real honor to be part of this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-kill animal shelter. The staff clearly love the animals in their care. Also the facility is always very clean and on top of the newest protocols for the health and benefit of the animals that temporarily live there.

Beth Mull M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven’t met anyone involved with this organization that hasn’t had their whole hearts in it. The animals are treated with respect and love. They are given dignity with a clean facility and even have music played for them. I love being a volunteer here and only wish I could volunteer more often.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and I have adopted from this facility. It's obvious that they truly want the best for the animals they have in their care.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My family has had experience with the SA Humane Society in several ways. I have volunteered with the organization for about four years. My family has adopted a kitten from them, and my grandson has participated in their summer camp for three seasons. My husband and I are also donors. We would not be so involved with this organization if we were not confident that the Society is effective in caring for orphaned, mistreated and abandoned animals in the San Antonio area. The staff, the board and the volunteers are to be highly commended for the difference they are making in our community. Kudos, San Antonio Humane Society!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The facility is very organized, very clean, the staff and volunteers are very caring and loving towards the pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Staff work exceptionally hard to ensure animals get great care. Dedicated volunteers help as well. Animals are clean and in a safe environment where the ultimate goal is to match to the right forever home.

Caitlin S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering at SAHS since 2012, and still greatly enjoy the variety and reward of the experience. Helping people find the perfect fit for a new companion is wonderful, though sometimes the condition animals are brought in to the shelter in is disheartening.
For the most part, the staff value the volunteers' work, though some in the past have treated us as more of a nuisance. None of those stay long, thankfully.
Walking dogs, washing or training them, helping with cat adoptions, socializing either animal, laundry, adoption events, clinic or clerical assistance, etc... There's a variety of needs to suit any skill level or preference for an animal lover.

Kyungja Kwon Y.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are always volunteers who assist employees to take care of these animals.
They were cared for, loved and well taken care of. You can tell compared to regular pounds, these dogs and cats are happy. They get individual attention all the time.
Thus they make highly adoptable.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently started to volunteer, and I am loving it. The different sections are clean and well taken care of. The animals are also well taken care of. I do like how their adoption process is. They really do care about where they are going to and who their new family is. Everyone is very professional and friendly. Great place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our first experience was adopting a dog. This is a well run organization. The facility is well maintained and they take great care of the animals. The staff and volunteers are all dedicated to taking care of the animals.

We also recently started volunteering, and they do a great job accommodating volunteers. The staff are all good to work with and they have a good orientation program.

Sheila A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with many nonprofit organizations. I can tell you The San Antonio Humane Society staff and volunteers work endless hours on ensuring furry friends find forever homes . Every year they come up with creative and educational ways to get community involvement

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Became a volunteer here because I thought I could help. Became an adopted puppy mom because I fell in love. Became a donor because I saw that not a penny is wasted. After nine years, I am still constantly amazed at the dedication and compassion I see here everyday, and the feats that are achieved within the budget of a non-profit organization. If you have time and/ or money to give to the SAHS, please do so. You will not regret it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a donor, volunteer, and adopter, I feel I know the San Antonio Humane Society very well. With the large homeless animal population here in San Antonio, the need to find homes for dogs and cats is a never ending task. But day after day, I witness the hard work the staff, volunteers, fosters, and board do to place these pets in loving homes. These sweet animals are given a safe, clean, healthy, and kind environment until they are adopted into their forever homes.

So if you have a home to share or a donation to make, the San Antonio Humane Society is the perfect place to do so !

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1 Donna L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SAHS reaches out with a wide net in the San Antonio area. They take in homeless pets, work with other shelters, increase awareness of pet population issues, provide low cost spay/neuter and utilize foster homes for pets who need the gift of time. I am proud to volunteer and foster for this awesome group of animal lovers.

Sara M. M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering is the SAHS has been one of the most rewarding experiences. Everyone makes a difference! The staff is awesome...always willing to help new volunteers learn new skills. There is an array of ways to get involved...training, socializing, bathing, walking/playing, helping at the clinic, being a Camp Humane counselor, greeting visitors, answering questions of potential adopters, plus more. Come out and join the team—see for yourself the miracles they accomplish everyday.

1 lslarson53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a weekly volunteer at the San Antonio Humane Society for many years. It is a wonderful place to help these animals secure their forever home. The staff are caring and they love animals! My thing is to help out in the kitty cottage and assist in socializing the cats. It is my joy. We get to know the cats that are available and can help potential adoptees find that special pet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the San Antonio Humane Society for a number of years, and try to go once a week. It's a great place to volunteer! Everything is very clean, and the animals receive excellent care. I spend most of my time in the cattery, helping socialize the cats so their chances of finding a forever home are increased. By spending time nurturing these animals, I really feel like I am making a difference in the lives of these animals. There is no better feeling. It's exciting helping at one of San Antonio's no-kill shelters, and being an advocate for the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the variety of events that SAHS is a part of....both hosting and attending. It gives us volunteers plenty of opportunities to get involved both at the shelter and out in the community. They also do a great job of keeping in touch with us about these volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here! They take great care of the dogs and cats!

Taylor W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with the San Antonio Humane Society has been very valuable to me because I am able to help cats and dogs find forever homes by socializing and training them. I am very happy when the cats and dogs get adopted and go home to loving families.

1 William J H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the San Antonio Humane Society for four Years. When I first started training dogs, this little rat terrier caught my eye and I started training him. I worked with him for 8 months. He had been at the shelter for over an year and had been on TV a couple of times and still could not get adopted. The decision was made to transfer him out to a shelter in Midland, Texas to see if he could find a forever home. The day before he was scheduled to leave I decided to take him home with me. He has been ours for three years now and has been a great dog. His name was Maxx at the shelter, but all of the dog's names in our family start with a B, so now his name is Baxx. His brother, a Shih Tsu, is named Bandit. They are both great dogs and get along together well. Volunteering at the SAHS has been a great experience for me. All of the employees and volunteers are very dedicated to finding good homes for the shelter pets. If you love animals and want to make difference in shelter pet's lives the SAHS is a great place to be a volunteer!

Jeccalou

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at this organization for 4 years. I have made life-long friends and have met some amazing animals. I am currently a Lead Volunteer on the Volunteer Dog Training Team (VDTT). This organization has opened up opportunities that I never thought existed. I learned about the world of dog training and discovered a true passion of mine. SAHS has allowed me to learn and grow as a dog trainer and a leader and will forever be in their debt.

Being in my position, I get to share knowledge, educate and empower the VDTT, and help the dogs in our care. Attached is a photo of some of the members of the Volunteer Dog Training Team. I couldn't be prouder of these individuals and how our program is grown. It is truly amazing to be around like-minded individuals.

Not only am I a volunteer but I am a proud adopter. I have adopted 3 dogs from the shelter, all with their own personalities and their own issues. I couldn't be happier with having them in my life and bringing me joy each day.

This is a great organization that appreciates their volunteers and values our opinions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is an amazing organization in our beloved city. I am so thankful for all of the services and smiles they provide our animals! Volunteering there brings so much joy to my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and I have witnessed nothing but the highest standard in how these animals are treated!

Louise P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a very warm and welcoming environment. The staff and volunteers all care about the animals, and each other. It is a very good place to be. All the animals are well loved.

Heather Sloan D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In spring of 2004, I walked in to the Humane Society of San Antonio looking for a furry friend. There I found Caroline. She had been hit by a car with a broken pelvis and broken leg, and a shattered jaw. She had 8 hours of surgery with the doctor there to put her back together and they did. I adopted her 6 weeks later after her “rehab” was complete. She is still my princess today. If they hadn’t saved her and loved her, she wouldn’t be my princess still today. I will forever be greatful.

Jessica C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome place to adopt a pet we adopted our pet from here best decision we ever made..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't explain how much happiness,joy,and love was missing from our life until we walked into my San Antonio Humane Society and met our Son Pierre aka Cooter Brown.
The utmost respect to this amazing supportive staff for all the work and help they bring to these animals lives when they have no one. The love they showed to our Cooter Brown followed and radiated into his transition into his new house.
We were so appreciate For the Love of nourishment support and respect they gave to our dog. He was house trained from day one,but the actions he showed and love he showed was what we grew to love. The boy gives puppy hugs and puppy kisses,plays amazingly well with other animals and respects his house, and is such a guardian and best friend to his little brother who is only 2 months old.
I have to say,they d idnt save him,he saved us.

1 Rebecca Adams W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted from San Antonio Humane Society a few weeks. Our process was great! Everyone was helpful and answered all of our questions. We came for several days before deciding on our cat, Bluz. He has been such a great addition to our family. San Antonio Humance Society will be where we get future pets. Their facility was clean and well taken care of. We enjoyed the courtyard they have. Highly recommend them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In August of last year, I walked into the San Antonio Humane Society to just look, while my friends considered adopting. Then, I saw Dino and Barney and they were snuggling on top of each other! They were inseparable and I loved them at first sight. So I adopted them both. I am so grateful I went with my friends that day. These little angels are the heart of my home and I will always be grateful to The San Antonio Humane Society for rescuing them. They still are inseparable and love to cuddle. They play together and have such an abundance of love to give! Our family can't thank them enough. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Dino and Barney together from SA Humane Society, as they were inseparable. It was clear how much they love each other and wanted to stay together. They have brought so much joy and love to me , my family and friends. Thank you for how helpful and nice everyone was during the adoption process and thank you for my little angels!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society was incredibly helpful in assisting me in selecting a forever fur friend. Their animals are clean, healthy, and well loved by the volunteers taking care of them. Adopting from them was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend anyone looking for a new pet or a place to show support for check them out.- Christina Guerra

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is like no other shelter. Not only are they a no-kill shelter, it is incredibly clean and the animals are very well taken care of. The kennel techs assist in helping you find the dog or cat that is best suited to your family or needs. All of my family has adopted from here just within the last two years and we are all happy with our experience and our companion pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I visited the San Antonio Humane Society on 5/12/2017 and immediately bonded with Blue, a 3 month old hound mix. He has bonded with our family pack and is best buds with our other hound mix street rescue, Bones.

We also adopted our eldest senior pack member from San Antonio Humane Society 11 years ago. Here are pictures of our pack at play in the back yard!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent time here volunteering while I was in nursing school. I got to volunteer wherever I wanted for the day which was often where I was needed per my choice. Walking the dogs, I fell in love with one particular hound dog and had to take her home. Together, we made a guest appearance on TV promoting Paws on the Patio. She's been with me for 8 years now. SAHS is a fantastic organization to volunteer with. The sky is the limit with SAHS. Use your talents and time to help care for the sweet animals.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this wonderful nonprofit... It is full of wonderful, furry friends and fabulous people who care for them in SO many ways!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My whole family are believers in adoptions, we all have wonderful doggie fur babies that we have all adopted, my little boy baby came from an abused home and has so much love he gives to us everyday, he has turned into one of the joy of our lives, he is lovable and funny and after two years still has a few social issues he is trying to overcome, like going after peoples toes, but that is only if he doesn't know them, then he will turn around and jump up in their laps for non stop petting. Our family has adopted, young to old and cannot think of a batter way to get a new member in the family. These dogs are so grateful and show it everyday. He responds under different names but we usually call him bubba. He is part shelty and part Llasa Apso. I feel mixed breeds are so much more healthy, my little girl Priscella is shitzu and chiwahawa and she runs the house, her name fits her personality perfectly. I will alway adopt, my sister adopts, my grown kids adopt and my mother adopts, what this shelter does is provides so much for these animals, if I worked there i would be taking them all home, but Priscella won't allow that! Please adopt, the rewards are so worth it. I will never get another (grown) baby any other way!

2 Evette M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Pepe in March 2009 while on my post deployment R&R from Afghanistan. We then road tripped to Fort Bragg NC, till I returned back home in San Antonio. Pepe is my world and I owe it to the Humane Society of San Antonio for connecting us. Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SA Humane Society is a wonderful organization that provides a much needed and outstanding service to the community. The staff and volunteers are friendly and helpful. The facility is clean and welcoming. The grounds are lovely and relaxing. When I have a challenging day, I make it my business to stop by and just walk through the complex-always new fur babies as the adoption rate is high-and maybe take one for a little walk. Always feel better afterwards. A great place!

Client Served

Rating: 1

I adopted a lab mix many years ago and had the angel for almost 14 years. I adopted a Lhasa Apso later and had her for many years. The personnel there were very helpful and caring. They do a wonderful job. Adopting is the best way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've now been volunteering here over 13 years, and still feel it's the best decision I ever made! I love being around people who love animals as much as I do. I come 2-3 mornings a week and there's never a dull moment. A busy place with lots of energy! The staff members really appreciate us volunteers, too. It's such a good feeling to know we are making a difference in the lives of all the animals in our care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society provides a wonderful and much-needed service for our city. Besides taking in unwanted/neglected/injured animals, and preparing them for their forever homes, they also educate the community about animal welfare, by sponsoring regular spay/neuter clinics, several children's camps each year, wellness clinics every month, as well as community outreaches, among other things.
During disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding, they are prepared to assist other shelters and displaced citizens by providing temporary lodging and care for their animals. In short, just about anything that has to do with animal welfare, they are ready to step up. The staff is great, and they really love animals. I'm so proud to be associated with this great organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is a great place with it's dedicated staff and volunteers ! The mission to educate the community and improve the lives of our pets through adoption and medical services is an important one. I'm excited to be able to support and help with this mission. Keep up the great work!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is a phenomenal organization that truly cares for the pets and animals in San Antonio. The shelter is run and staffed with incredible, loving, and hardworking individuals that are doing their part everyday to meet the demands of our SA animal needs.

thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Duke in November almost 2 years ago. We didn't even know we were looking for a dog but when one of the staff members of the SA humane society informed us they had a dog matching the combination of pups we were interested in, we just had to visit with him. We wanted a corgi or yorkie, and Duke came in with visible features of both. He is the perfect addition to our family. He is so patient with our three girls, loves to play and is so lovable. The staff at the SA humane society is wonderful, the facilities are very clean and well kept. We highly recommend this place to find your next forever friend/family member!