Aug 23, 2016

The Kitties Currently in Control of our Sun Rooms

 For those of you who don’t know, the fabulous felines of the San Antonio Humane Society are in fortunate possession of three cozy and well-furnished sun rooms within the Cat Pavilion. They're in constant comfort, and they enjoy lording it over all of us while we clean, feed, and pamper their overall well-being.

Here are the five kitties currently in control of our sunny pavilion rooms and currently available for adoption. 
   
 Opal 

Opal is a fun and spunky 2-year-old and she enjoys chirping and rolling around her kitty condo. If you're lucky enough, she may reach out to you as you pass by. Cuddles with Opal is by invitation only! 


But don't worry, she hands out a lot of them. 


April

Opal shares her domain with April, who can be just as chirpy and vocal as Opal about getting a little attention.

Though admittedly, April can be slightly less demanding than her head-bonking roommate. She's a 3-year-old tabby-colored beauty. She sits with her front paws tucked in and enjoys following you around the room until you sit down for a few good pets. 


She and Opal enjoy their roomy digs, but they're ready for slightly larger and more permanent homes. 


Amy
When I last dropped in on Amy, she was currently residing in her sun room alone, but not by choice! She welcomed me in with open paws and a few good mews.  



In fact, she was so lovable and silly, she wouldn't leave my hands alone long enough to snap a portrait grand enough to show off her majesty. And for you black cat/dog owners out there, you know how tough it can be to get the perfect shot! 

She's an elegant, cute-as-a-button, 1-year-old tortoiseshell charmer. And these photos don't do her justice. 
Guests should be inclined to pay her a visit in person.


Dotty

Dotty, on the other hand, had no problem in the photo department. Though she hopped from floor to cat tower in search of more pets, she is a cat quite conscious of a good photo op. 



Dotty is a 2-year-old sweet heart, and she'd much rather you'd sit down with her for a long affection session than a photo session. She dominates her space! Jumping up to the top of the cat condo or moving in between legs to get attention...


You'd almost assume she was the only kitty cat in the room...

Brooke

Here's a few photos of Brooke taken a few minutes apart. 


 Don't expect any casual introductions. 


Brooke is Dotty's current roommate, and she's pretty interested in keeping to herself. A rather good reason to have our kitty's in the sun rooms isn't just because they demand it to be so...

...her orange eyes blazing with confidence!
It's also a prime opportunity to help get our pets socialized. Brooke's a sweet and very handsome grey and orange torbie, but living the shelter life just isn't cutting it for her. She's in want of a patient and loving home. 

Perhaps one with plenty of blanket forts?

Though our feline overlords are pretty content sunbathing the days away in their warm pavilion, they don't fool us one bit with their apathetic eyes! Because once you walk into the sun room...


All eyes are on your treat-giving, head-scratching, home-welcoming hands. 

Interested in visiting or socializing with the sun-room cats? Don't hesitate to ask our kennel staff to unlock their doors so you can drop in!

Visit all our cats and dogs 12pm - 7pm everyday!








Jul 1, 2016

Falling in Love with a Pet is Easy...


There's no reason to argue it. We fall in love with our pets everyday! 
But caring for them, sheltering them, tailoring our everyday lives around them--it's a commitment. One that can last 10, 15, or even 20 years. 

'til death do us part buuuudy!
It's a message we try to emphasize, highlight, and underline everyday to adopters who come into our doors looking for a new pet to bring into their home. The Humane Society of the United States even has a page on their site dedicated to the questions potential adopters should ask themselves before considering pet adoption.

It's a hot topic with all shelters and rescue groups. We love our pets. 
We love it even more when they go to their forever homes. 
And It breaks our hearts to see them come back...

 Mason - Available For Adoption!

2-month-old Mason

Mason came to us as a playful stray puppy from Animal Care Services. He was adopted not long after coming to us and fit perfectly in his new home until his adopter made the move from their previous home into an apartment, where Mason was, unfortunately, not allowed.  

4 years and 4 months later...


Mason is back with us and is still his cheery and affectionate self. He enjoys sweet talk and treats (though not necessarily in that order). 

When in search of a pet, care should be paid to your home restrictions, lifestyle, and a potential pet's personality and temperament.  But attention should not be limited to the adoptable pet, you should also consider family pets already at home. 
Pet introductions can be stressful times, and they don't always work out. 

April- Available for Adoption

2-month-Old April
Looking quite impassive, even as a kitten, April was surrendered to us by a samaritan who also brought in two of her siblings. Like most of our puppies and kittens, April didn't stick around very long after intake.

3 1/2 years later... 


April is back with us. New additions to her adopter's family made it difficult to keep April in their home, so she's back here trying to find a more suitable one. See, April is an independent lady: she's not particularly fond of other felines. 

Of course, she enjoys her family's attention.   (As of July of this year (2016) April is currently sharing a sun room with other adult cats. Socialization does wonders!)

When her family grew by one, April had difficulty adjusting and, according to her adopters, she acted out by eliminating outside the litter box. 

Stress and anxiety can can happen to our pets too, and it can lead to unwanted or concerning behaviors...


Spring- Available for Adoption Adopted!

2-month-old Spring

Many people are surprised when we point out an adorable puppy who was found as a stray. However, we are a city with an over-abundance of puppies and kittens (and yes, it's a problem), and that is how Spring came to us. And like the many puppies and kittens before her, she was adopted in no time. 


3 years and 5 months later...


This sweetheart is back with us and we've come to learn: she's not a huge fan of being left alone. Spring gets pretty accustomed to her care takers, and currently, our Animal Behavior Specialist believes she has separation anxiety. She loves treats, affection, and walks, but once the loving is gone, the apprehension sets in. 

Her previous adopter did not believe she was happy in her new home, but any disruptive behavior from Spring may have simply been the result of this anxiety. According to the ASPCA, dramatic changes to a dog's environment can lead to the development of separation anxiety.   Dogs such as Spring need a caring, patient, and understanding home willing to help Spring work through her anxieties. 

It's a commitment. 

But it's a rewarding 


 and worthwhile commitment. 


When adopters make the difficult decision to return pets to our shelter, it can be for a variety of reasons and complicated circumstances. We're grateful that, if they must be returned, they are at least returned to us, where they will have a guaranteed [second] chance at finding their forever home. 

Adopting a pet should never be an impulsive action. As we said earlier, falling in love with a pet is easy! They're loyal and furry companions who enrich our everyday lives. They're like children who stay young forever: they'll always be dependent on you for love and care... and patience. Especially patience!

And in return?
Honestly, what more could you ask for? 



Spring, April, and Mason are currently available for adoption at the

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