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Jun 5, 2020

National Foster a Pet Month: Foster at the SAHS!

June is National Foster a Pet Month, and the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is grateful for all the wonderful foster families who help make our mission possible. Foster parents open their homes and hearts to our most vulnerable pets by providing a safe place for them to heal and grow when they need it the most.

At the SAHS, we are lucky to witness many acts of kindness and compassion from all our foster families. One great example is Michelle Linsley and her daughter, Christina, who have fostered nearly 40 pets since becoming a foster family in August of 2018.

“We love it,” Michelle Linsley said. “My daughter is my helper, and together, we try and help save as many animals as we can.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they didn’t hesitate to take in two of the seven Weimaraner puppies that were found abandoned in a box on the side of the road on Loop 1604.

Caring for the one-week-old pups, Eucalyptus and Lavender, proved to be a challenging yet rewarding experience.

“They were strong, energetic puppies, so trying to bottle-feed them while they were salsa dancing was a bit difficult,” Michelle Linsley said with a laugh. “It almost felt like I was arm wrestling them to keep them still and keep the bottle in their mouth, but seeing them grow every day, made it all worthwhile.”

During their time together, they also enjoyed long naps on the couch and extra playtime. Once they grew healthy and strong, all the puppies returned to the shelter and quickly found their forever homes.

Michelle Linsley and her daughter encourage others to become foster parents as they describe every pet as a unique and special fostering experience. They plan to foster many more SAHS pets in the future, and currently, they have begun caring for a five-week-old kitten named Squirt.

“We are able to help give them a second chance at life, and to me, that’s the best feeling,” Michelle Linsley concluded.

If you would like to become a SAHS foster parent, please visit If you are unable to become a foster parent, you can also help by donating to our SAHS Emergency Fund or buying an item from our Amazon Wish List, which also supports our current foster families with much-needed supplies.

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