Feb 15, 2017

What About Earl?

When I began this dog-training video project, there were 5 dogs actively involved in our Canine-In-Training program. The gist of the program? Gather together some of our long-time residents who would benefit from and be receptive to training from our dog trainer and dog training volunteers in order to help them become more “adoptable” to visitors. 

With that thought in mind, together with our awesome Dog Trainer, Jenna, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of our awesome shelter dogs and to showcase the benefits and endurance necessary to dedicate you and your dog to some proper dog training. The problem? 

Distractions come easier than you may think…

It was silly of me to think these dogs would be here long enough to make this project more ambitious than it should be.
They were some pretty spectacular pooches: 


And so, while I diddle-daddled deciding how best to tackle this assignment, four out of the five of them were adopted.

It was wonderful news! And what does it mean? 

Boo was as adorable as we all thought she was. 

Snicker’s quick learning and plucky attitude finally landed him a family. 

GreenBean’s true colors showed through, despite his unappetizing name. 

Orie was as gorgeous as she was clever. 

And I now had plentiful footage of dogs who no longer needed help finding a forever home.

But what about Earl?

Earl's nearing his 100-day residency date (an anniversary we aren't too fond of celebrating) and we're left with the all-too-common shelter-pet question: why are you still here? 

Earl is a sociable, active, and playful 5-year-old Hound mix. He's very treat-motivated (that means he can't get enough).

Please, please, please!
And that motivation helps him do well in our Canines-In-Training program. 

He can sit on command:

He's learning to walk well on his leash: 
No pulling here!

He does a little spin for rewards:

And he got the hang of "down" in no time at all!
Give or take a half-hour.

He's a real friendly dude. His size can sometimes be intimidating to potential adopters (60 pounds ain't nothin but a number!) but he's a friendly and playful goofball.

And he won't say "no" to a bit of affection.

He's a good boy! There are a few notes on his kennel card that may deter visitors from meeting with him. His active attitude and roughly playful nature mean we're looking for him to go to a home without children under 12. He loves toys and treats so much so that he sometimes can be a little mouthy when reaching for them, and we think it best he goes to a home with no cats

Who needs cats when you have me??
SAHS alumni receive a discount for dog training classes with our dog trainer, and we believe Earl would continue to benefit from dog training exercises and classes. 

A little dedication goes a long way!
He has a guardian angel, which means a donor has already generously paid for his adoption fee.

It's not hard to see potential here. 
We're hoping Earl doesn't meet his 100 days, but if it comes and goes and he's still here, no worries. He's in good hands, and he'll stay with us until he finds his new forever home. 

One tail-waggin day at a time. 

Interested in visiting Earl? We are open every day 12 PM to 7 PM at 4804 Fredericksburg Rd. 

Nov 21, 2016

Help Our Pets Find their Best Friend for Life

Meet Raccoon and Frankenkitty. 

These two cute balls of fur and love are best friends for life, but it wasn’t always that way. If it wasn’t for the San Antonio Humane Society, this friendship might never have happened. 

In early September 2016, a friend of the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) found a small kitten. He noticed this poor kitten was not able to walk normally so he decided to bring her to the SAHS. The staff at the SAHS immediately went to work to help heal and find a foster home for little Raccoon. 

While Raccoon was at his foster home, growing and recovering, another kitten was brought in by a good Samaritan. This person found a severely injured kitten and knew that if it didn’t receive medical attention soon, the kitten would not survive. Although able to walk, this kitten had severe injuries to his tail and back end. After a thorough evaluation by the staff at the SAHS, the affectionately-named Frankenkitty was treated and began his road to recovery. 

Raccoon soon returned to the SAHS and needed a place to stay and was paired up with a new resident at SAHS. This new roommate was Frankenkitty. Although both are still recovering from their wounds, these two rascals became the very best of friends. Raccoon’s leg eventually healed to the point where it no longer needed surgery and Frankenkitty, recovering from a medically necessary amputated tail, remains a loving companion to both human and animal alike. 

Raccoon and Frankenkitty continue to recover in foster care together and remain best “fur-riends” to this day. 

None of this would have been possible without the support of donors. Without our Humane Heroes, there is no telling what would have happened to these two. Please take a moment today to become a Humane Hero to our needy pets by making a contribution to the Humane Heroes Annual Fund

The cost of caring, feeding, sheltering, and medically treating the pets at the SAHS costs the shelter, on average, $35 each day for each pet in our care. Every donation to the Humane Heroes Annual Fund helps ensure pets like Raccoon and Frankenkitty continue to benefit from the resources needed to be saved, cared for, and adopted.

Your support is essential in saving the lives of animals like Raccoon and Frankenkitty and your generosity can help them find their future best friends for life. 

In the words of Bill Watterson, author and creator of Calvin and Hobbes: “Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”