Sep 2, 2016

The Little Rat Terrier That Could

UPDATE: Smartheart-Bear has been adopted!

Before they were first brought into our shelter, the 14 little Rat Terrier mixes from the Karnes County hoarding case had spent most of their lives with minimal human contact. They were fearful, shy, and would not approach our staff or volunteers of their own free will--even with a handful of treats.

August 11, 2016

A little over three weeks later and little has changed, although you'd be surprised what a handful of treats can do now. 

Can you guess who has the most treats here?

However, they still mostly avoid the sight of a leash.
If I can't eat it, I don't want it.

They have all come a long way since they were first brought into the shelter, and they all have longer still to go. While they all receive a regular dose of socialization every time our staff comes in to clean and feed their empty bellies, our volunteers also drop in to generously donate their time (and doggie treats) to help get these pooches where they need to be. 

Cheer-Bear knows what's up. (Yes, they're named after Care Bears!)

Introducing: Smartheart-Bear,
the Little Rat Terrier That Could

Of the remaining 13 Rat Terriers, Smartheart has made the furthest and fastest progress. 

Walking on a leash? No Problem!

Gently take a treat? Easy!
We've had a lot of firsts with Smartheart and we're hopeful that it's a promising sign of things to come. Not only for her, but her other Rat Terrier family and friends too.

High-Five? Done.

Although already aware of her treat-taking abilities, Volunteer Dog Trainer Laura (pictured above) was happily surprised when Smartheart-Bear did not shy away from an approaching leash. In fact, Laura found that she was able to gently pick up Smartheart and place it easily over her head. 

Cuddles? Novice-soon-to-be-Pro!

We're so proud of Smartheart's progress, and we readily spoiled her with treats and sweet talk!

Good girl Smartheart!

Of course, like the other Rat Terrier mixes in our care, Smartheart still has her hurdles to overcome.

For example, she's still overly afraid of door frames.

 But we know slow and steady wins the race. 
And we'll get there.

One dog at a time.

Smartheart is 6-years-old and came to us from the hoarding case in Karnes County involving over a dozen other dogs currently awaiting adoption at the San Antonio Humane Society. They have all come a long way since they first came to the shelter, and they have longer still to go. They came to us in early August and we have spent every day since helping them to become more and more socialized. A few have progressed more than others, but they will all need dedicated families (with preferably quiet homes) willing to give their time and patience in continuing their transformation from mistreated victim to happy furry family member. 

For more information on this case, please click here.

Interested in becoming a Guardian Angel for these and other pets? Please click here.

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 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. 


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. 

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, 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...


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!