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San Antonio Humane Society

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Mission: To protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education. Vision: To create a community where every dog and cat is treated with respect and compassion, and has a permanent and loving home. To end pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and education.

Results: The San Antonio Humane Society is the number one animal adoption agency in the San Antonio area.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: By adopting out approximately a little more than 5,000 animals a year, our shelter gives stray animals an opportunity to be adopted into forever, loving homes

Programs: Adoption, Spay/Neuter, Wellness Clinics, Microchipping, Disaster Relief, Pet Guardianships, Transfer Program and Medical Rescue

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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!

Jeni Q.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the SAHS when I was 16 years old. I'm 23 now, and I am still a volunteer! This shelter treats the animals so well, and makes sure to attend to each dog and cats needs. I highly recommend adopting and fostering from this shelter, and volunteering here!

3 Christina V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering at SA Humane! The staff are always so friendly and appreciative of the help. I have a great time helping out and best of all working with the cute dogs and cats. It's hard work but I'm grateful for the opportunity to help out. The San Antonio Humane Society is a great non-profit doing amazing work in SA.

2 Joy_26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for the SA Humane Society was the first thing I did after retiring. This is something I always wanted to do. I am a dog lover & have four that have rescued me. I would have more if I could. So I volunteer to take care of that need. I encourage everyone to volunteer if they have a love for animals. I love the animals & the staff is amazing. Watching them care deeply for each animal that arrives is truly a calling.

2 Angel16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a busy young professional but my passion for helping humanity is met through volunteering at the San Antonio Humane Society. The SAHS is a model for a well-run, CLEAN, and community centered shelter. The animals are the priority. The kennels are roomy, climate controlled, well-kept, and the animals are socialized and given top-notch care.
And the staff is world-class - you can tell that every human being at the shelter truly cares about the dogs and the cats and the overall mission of SAHS.
The SAHS does good, hard work!

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the San Antonio Humane Society for basically my whole life. When I was little, my mother decided to get me a kitten. We went to many shelters and we couldn't find a place we trusted until the SAHS. I found my Lucky and a year later from the SAHS, my Maximus. Lucky lived a very good 7 years while Maximus is thriving now at almost 12 years old(in January 2015). The SAHS treat their animals like if they were their own. In the past few months I have started to volunteer with them and I have never seen a group of such committed and loving people. These people have a huge passion for these animals and show it in their time volunteering and fostering.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The great thing about the Hamane socity. Is that they give animals a chance to be able to live with a family to be able to be loved. Have a chance to be able to love life without fear. A other good reason is that when an animal gets adopted the money from that adoption goes to the other animals to the shelter. A area for an other animal to be able to have a chance in life. It's been a great experience volunteering. I enjoy making the animals feel loved being able to connect ours selfs with the animals. I will continue on going for more wonderful experiences.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My granddaughter needed volunteer hours for school when starting the sixth grade. She loves animals of all kinds and has always had dogs and cats as pets. She wanted to volunteer at the Humane Society where she could do good and give love to the animals. Her dad did the volunteer work with her, it gave them together time and gave her the ability to love and care for the animals. She feels at home at the facility on Fredericksburg Road and finds the staff and other volunteers very easy to be with. You see, my granddaughter has always been quite but this wonderful place makes her feel at home. The 2nd year she was there her dad dropped out due to work schedule and now I go with her. This is our special time with each other. We both love helping out, playing with the animals and just loving them. I recommend volunteering at the Humane Society because they provide a great service to San Antonio, they provide a clean, loving atmosphere to these animals and I say it's great for a young person to learn how to care for, and give back to their community. I also say it's a great way to spend time with your children or grand children and show them by example the importance of giving of their time to an organization that needs the help and showing them that it feels good to give. My granddaughter is in her 4th year of volunteering and she wouldn't have it any other way, she feels good about herself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering three years ago. This is a great place. The animals receive loving care. I have helped with volunteer day and birthday parties. Also, I adopted a dog that I worked with from there. He is a wonderful addition to our family. This is a good place to volunteer and volunteers are very much appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been serving as a volunteer for several years and am extremely impressed with the SAHS Volunteer Program. The induction is clear and concise. The opportunities are varied to meet my interests and needs, and I always feel appreciated by the staff members who I assist. My experience as a SAHS volunteer has definitely exceeded my expectations, and I am grateful for the opportunity.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated small sums of money to the San Antonio Humane Society for many years. Then, after retirement, I became a volunteer. Here, I found a volunteer home! Observing the staff interaction with the public, each other, and most importantly, the animals, has made volunteering a joy! Seeing that the welfare of the animals is always top priority with this organization made me want to do more. I therefore became a member of the Circle of Friends, pledging a certain amount a money for five years. I have volunteered and donated for many years now, and cannot imagine a more rewarding use of my time and money!

If you care about animals and want to support an organization which is totally dedicated to their welfare and finding them forever homes, the San Antonio Humane Society is the place to donate your time or money, or both!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is a caring, loving environment for sheltered dogs and cats. I've been volunteering there for 16 months and have found it very fulfilling. I also adopted a dog i met there, a wonderful German Shepherd mix named Cory. Two of my friends have subsequently begun volunteering there after hearing me rave about the experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I got involved about 3 years ago. I have always loved animals so this was a natural fit. Once we became involved we couldn't get enough. The San Antonio Humane society is run by people and volunteers that have an unspeakable love for animals. Looking at the facility and the success of the shelter you can see why it is one of the top charities in the nation. I know my money is going to good use and saving animals lives. I couldn't be happier.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with SAHS was when I adopted my cat Maya. The experience was very pet friendly. The cat area is so bright and airy. There was great space to visit with possible pets.

Two years ago I became a volunteer and walked dogs. But during training we were told of the need for cat and kitten fosters. This is a perfect match for me and I love it. The volunteer coordinators are excellent to work with. They check on the animals and support me in taking care of the them. They work so hard to place animals in order to save as many as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at the SA Humane Society for over 10 years now, and I love love LOVE working here! Being around so many other animal lovers and helping to make a real difference in the lives of abandoned or neglected animals is such a high! This facility has wonderful staff and volunteers who really care. Plus it's such a beautiful place! My volunteer experiences have been quite varied--- from dog walking (great exercise, BTW!!), bathing animals, and fostering, to helping with summer camps and volunteer orientations and off-site adoption events, even laundry. Never a dull moment!
(My 3 great kitties were adopted from here, too. )

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The San Antonio Humane Society is so skillfully managed, so humane in the care of its charges, so successful in its mission that I can truthfully say that the dogs and cats sheltered there are the lucky ones. The shelter finds loving homes for over 97 percent of the animals it receives, a rate about three times the national average. And while the San Antonio Humane Society works hard at its goals of rescue, shelter, spaying and neutering and adoption, it goes beyond the work of most animal shelters by taking its mission to the community. The shelter has instituted a program in public schools to educate young people on the humane treatment of animals and proper veterinary care; it partners with other animal shelters by accepting orphaned dogs and cats from them that might otherwise be euthanized; it offers the public behind-the-scenes tours of its facility twice monthly--with nothing hidden. Its grounds are tranquil, its kennels immaculate, its staff and volunteers devoted--I love volunteering at this extraordinary organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Imagine a cheerful animal shelter, one that makes you realize that the animals in the facility are the lucky ones. Imagine a shelter where the dogs and cats are tended by skilled, loving staff, a shelter where there is ample room for dogs to run and willing volunteers to exercise them. Imagine a shelter where the cats are cuddled, where every area is immaculate, and where each animal accepted will find a loving, forever home. It's not your imagination--it's the San Antonio Humane Society.

In a city with a large homeless pet population, the San Antonio Humane Society cares for more than 5,000 orphaned pets each year. It not only nurses abandoned animals back to health (the Society has a 95% save rate), it makes sure each animal is spayed or neutered before adoption and released to its new family with a modestly priced basket of benefits. Among them: food, vaccinations, introductory veterinary care and health insurance, microchip and collar and tag.

The Humane Society serves the community through summer camp programs for young people, hurricane evacuation work and educational tours at the facility and off campus.

The staff and volunteers work hard, but with skill, love and dedication. A visit to the San Antonio Humane Society is a joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I relocated to San Antonio a little less than a year ago and have finally had the time to get involved with the San Antonio Humane Society - My only regret is that I didn't go the first week I moved here! My involvement with the organization is multifaceted as I'm a volunteer, a foster, a recent adopter, a donor and a council member! I've worked with many different animal rescue organizations but was completely blown away on my first visit to their facility. I've never seen a cleaner, more organized, friendly animal shelter than this! It is abundantly apparent that from the staff, to the directors, to the Ambassadors and the volunteers that these people truly love animals and are completely committed to improving the lives of the animals in our city looking for their forever homes. I couldn't be more proud or more pleased with my involvement with this organization and I look forward to many years of service, many lives saved and many friendships as we collectively work toward our goals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an Ambassador for the San Antonio Humane Society and just got involved with them less than a year ago. I am so impressed with all the staff and volunteers. Everyone that either works or volunteers has a real passion for saving lives. The facility itself is so clean and when we give behind the scene tours twice a month to the public they just cannot believe how well kept the facility is. They have a wonderful adoption rate and partner with our city to go and take animals from Animal Control Services when they have empty spots. By doing this they are reaching out in the community and working with others to control our animal population and make San Antonio a no kill city. These are not my words and I don't know who wrote this but I love the saying..."Rescuing one animal may not change the world, but for that animal and that person, their world is changed forever and in a good way". I have been to other no kill shelters and never been as impressed as I am with the SA Humane Society.