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May 1, 2017

Lilly’s Biggest Obstacle

Jerry Seinfeld may have said it best when he stated that most people at a funeral would prefer to be in the coffin than to be giving the eulogy—in fact, it’s a commonly stated statistic that most people state their number one fear is public speaking … well…
Lilly has a lot in common with “most people.” 

Please direct all follow-up questions to my foster mom.

This 2-year-old golden Terrier mix came to the San Antonio Humane Society way back in early January after being found as a malnourished and gravely injured stray on the city streets. She had no collar, no microchip, and no tags.
Don't worry: she's better now.

Lilly’s foster would later describe her preliminary time in the care of our surgery and clinic staff as Lilly’s “pin cushion” phase.
Lilly received pain meds, underwent FHO surgery, recovered, and then received her spay surgery. Her bodily aches and injuries mostly recovered, Lilly was finally able to make her way to foster care for some much need TLC and rehabilitation.
Yoga is a regular regimen for all our healing dogs and cats.

It became rather clear, that although her physical ailments were easily observed and treated, Lilly had many emotional wounds that still required healing. “Lilly’s biggest remaining obstacle,” says her foster mom, “is her shyness.”
Despite her timidity, Lilly has since thrived in her Foster’s care.
Of course, these behaviors don’t always transition perfectly when foster pets return to the shelter for adoption.
“I’m worried that when she goes back to the kennel, she may shut down again and be a bit evasive and unnoticeable to visitors.”
Lilly does well with her foster’s dogs.
Learning socialization ain't nothing but a thing.

And she’s always eager to see her foster mom (especially for dinner time).
Is there anything treats can't fix?
“Once Lilly loves you,” says foster mom, “she’ll accompany you everywhere in the house. [She’s] a couch potato and a lap dog. She is silly and dances and prances when she is let out of her crate or it’s dinner time.”
Lilly’s foster and the SAHS foster coordinator are hoping to find a forever home for Lilly without having to bring Lilly back into the shelter*. She’s done so well in her foster home that we would just hate to see her regress!
I prefer wide open spaces.

Although Lilly does well with kids, her foster mom thinks she would do well in a home with no children under 8 years old. Lilly loves her toys (especially nylabones), the outdoors, and meeting new dogs.
Especially if they're as chill as her foster siblings.

With regular walks through the park and after receiving sweets and treats from people she meets during her strolls, Lilly is learning to “find her voice” and overcome her fear of “public speaking.” 
Where she once feared her leash, Lilly has begun to eagerly approach her foster mom for walks. She’s become more willing to visit people and accept visitors in turn. Although she can still be a little wary of new places, with a little encouragement from her favorite person, she’ll follow her new family anywhere.
Ready when you are!

Interested in learning more about Lilly?
*Lilly is now available for visits and adoption on the kennel floor. 

Please stop by and pay her a visit! She can be a little shy at first, but all she needs is a little time and love. 

r would you like to set up a visit?
Please contact our Foster Program Supervisor, Christina, at or call 210.226-7461 ext. 120.

All photos were provided courtesy of Lilly's awesome foster mom.


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