San Antonio Humane Society

The San Antonio Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952.

Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education.
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Alyssa-fostered for ringworm and was available and adopted at the SAHS soon after!

While it is true that untreated ringworm can be very easily passed from person to person and animal to animal, treated ringworm is much less likely to do so. Making sure that you are following the directions for treating the animal in your care and keeping them quarantined away from your other pets and immune compromised members of your household will limit any chance of a ringworm spread.

When treating ringworm, it is important to do the following:

  1. Keep the hair around the lesions skin short. This usually means a shave job is done by the SAHS staff BEFORE you pick your animal up. This allows the medication to contact the actual fungus and not just get stuck in the animal’s hair. It also leaves less chance that a contaminated hair will shed and become a nuisance in your home.
  2. Make sure to apply any ointment or shampoo at the intervals that the Foster Care Coordinator instructs you. These medications fight the ringworm and inactivate the fungus’s ability to make spores. Without spores, they aren’t contagious to others.
  3. Keep the animal to a single location in your house that can easily be bleached like a bathroom, kitchen, or in its kennel to further ensure that spores do not accidentally get left in your house.

And remember the great aspect the SAHS Foster Program is that we provide the foster family with everything they need for the foster animal, including ointment or medications.  With good consistent treatment, ringworm will begin clearing up almost immediately. The return on your investment of time and love is tenfold when you know that the animal might not have had an opportunity to find its forever home without your care.  A couple of weeks to a month of your time is worth a lifetime of theirs!

To learn more about our Foster Care Program, visit SAhumane.org/foster!

Ticks can be found almost anywhere, but living in Texas ticks cause even more trouble. The warm weather throughout most of the year in Texas causes ticks to be a common problem, which is why pet owners need to be aware of ticks and become educated about how to protect their pets from these pests.

Many people assume that ticks are insects; however they are actually parasitic arachnids and are similar to scorpions, spiders and mites. What is a parasite? Generally, a parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism and survives by gaining nutrients at the host’s expense. More specifically, the tick is a parasite because it feeds on the blood of its host, either animal or human.

Dogs or outdoor cats are susceptible to ticks and can possibly spread them throughout their household. This means that if your playful pup or your curious kitty comes inside with an unknown pest attached to them, there is a possibility that the tick can begin to spread throughout the house between humans and animals. Therefore, even if your pet is an indoor animal 24/7 it is still important to take steps toward tick prevention.

You have 24-48 hours after a tick has begun feeding on your pet to find it and remove it before it begins transmitting diseases to your companion or to you. Ticks can cause Lyme Disease, Rock Mounted Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Tick Paralysis. So you may be thinking, “What in the world do these strange words mean?” To learn more about these potential diseases your animal could obtain from a tick visit PetMD.com.

Now, let’s say you find a tick on your pet one day. What would you do? Well there are a couple options, first you could call your vet and make an appointment to have the parasite removed or you could remove it yourself. If you decide to dispose of the tick yourself, use blunt tweezers (that you never plan to use again) and do not touch the tick with your fingers or any other part of your skin (wearing gloves is highly recommended). This is very important because if the tick contains diseases they could be passed on to you. For more specific information about tick removal visit VCAhospitals.com.

How can you help tackle ticks? Here are a few tips and tricks to avoid ticks:

  • Learn about the ticks and diseases in your area
  • Talk to your vet about tick prevention (topical medication, tick collars, vaccines)
  • Have your pet tested annually
  • Keep your yard maintained and treated for pests such as, ticks
  • Check your dog for ticks after going to a dog park, camping, hiking, etc.

Ticks can be deadly and have the potential to pass on many diseases to your pet or an entire household. It’s important to be aware of the role ticks play in your area and become educated and prepared to annihilate these unwelcome arachnids.­ To learn more about ticks, visit SAhumane.org.

February 25 is World Spay Day! Spaying or neutering your dog or cat can be extremely beneficial.

Some pet owners are nervous that after their furry friend has been altered that they will not be the same companion that they were prior to the surgery. There is no need to worry about this at all. Your lovable pet will be just the same.

Spaying or neutering your dog or cat has a great impact not only on the wellness of the animal, but also the well-being of your community. Visit SAhumane.org/spayneuter and check out benefits of spay/neuter, some of which include:

  • Spayed or neutered pets are less likely to develop some cancers such as mammary tumors and testicular cancer
  • Helps your community by limiting animal overpopulation
  • Reduces the urge to fight with other animals

For more information or to make a spay or neuter appointment, go to SAhumane.org/spayneuter!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that love isn’t still in the air. I’m not talking about Cupid, chocolates, or flowers (…don’t worry guys you’re not in the dog house).

February 20th is another very special day of love, for your pet! National Love Your Pet Day is a great opportunity to show your furry, finned, or feathery friends how much you adore them. It’s also an awesome day to welcome a new member to your family, by adopting at the San Antonio Humane Society and showering your new pet with lots of love!

Of course, we should show our lovable life companions affection every single day, but February 20th provides owners with a chance to do something extra special for their dog, cat, hamster, bird, etc. You don’t need to take them to dinner and a movie or buy them jewelry; an extra treat or some special pampering will be perfect for your pet!

If you are not a pet owner, National Love Your Pet Day is an awesome day to adopt an animal and give them the forever family that they long for. If you are interested in adopting a dog or cat, please visit SAhumane.org and view the dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are available for adoption at the SAHS.

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Even if you are not a pet person or your lifestyle isn’t suitable for a pet, you can still contribute to this day of pet love. Donate! Whether you contribute monetarily or give of your time as a Volunteer, Foster, or an Ambassador you will be making a dramatic difference in the lives of so many animals at the SAHS.

February 20th is also a very special day for the San Antonio Humane Society. This date marks the one year anniversary of when we first started blogging! To check out our first blog visit SAhumane.tumblr.com!

We always love to see the ways that pets are being shown love. So, if you take any pictures of your pet on National Love Your Pet Day send them to us to feature on our SAHS Facebook page! E-mail your photo/s to website@sahumane.org and don’t forget to show your pet a little extra T-L-C and L-O-V-E on Thursday, February 20!

One of the best feelings in the world is when you know that your dog or cat loves you just as much you adore them. Humans show affection in a variety of different ways from smiling to hugging and just like humans, dogs and cats have their own ways to show fondness. This Valentine’s Day see if you can spot some of the ways that your furry friend is showing you love!

You might be wondering, “Does my dog/cat really love me back?” The answer is yes! Dogs and cats revolve their world solely around you as their owner, so of course they love you. Some signs of affection are obvious like your dog happily wagging his/her tail or your cat loudly purring, but other signs aren’t very apparent and might even be disliked by some owners.

Healthy Pets provides a few common ways that dogs and cats share their love. Here are a few examples of how our fantastic felines love:

  • Grooming you
  • Rubbing up against your legs
  • Sticking her rear end in your face
  • Scratching/Chewing on your belongings

Now for our darling dogs, here are a few ways that Healthy Pets states that canines show that they care:

  • Jumping on you
  • Crotch sniffing
  • Rolling over on his back
  • Chewing on your belongings
  • Leaning and shoving against you

Obviously, pet owners are not overly fond of the idea of their cat scratching or chewing their belongings or their dog jumping or crotch sniffing, but next time before you scold them remember that they are just trying to show you they care. How would you feel if you walked up to your best friend super excited and gave them a big hug and they yelled at you? You would be confused and your feelings would probably be hurt and that’s exactly how your dog or cat feels when their attention was not meant to upset you.

There are also some irresistibly adorable ways that dogs and cats show their love. For example, Paw Nation counts down “13 Ways Your Dog Shows Love,” a few ways include: looking after you when you’re sick, following you around, and roughhousing. Cats also show their love in sweet ways. Vet Street shows “10 Ways Your Cat Shows You Love,” some of which include: cheek rubbing you, holding eye contact and sharing a soft blink, and kneading his/her paws on your lap.

Dogs and cats already hold a super power of their own by simply being lovable, but now that you know some of the unique ways that they are showing their love to you they are even more irresistible! Take some time this Valentine’s Day to show your pet how much you love them and try to observe the ways that they are telling you that they love you too!