Connecting Friends For Life

The SAHS 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.

Did you know that spaying (females) or neutering (males) your pet can prevent them from developing mammary tumors and certain cancers, such as testicular and ovarian? There are a lot of things to consider when caring for your pet, but if you have a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix there is a great opportunity coming up in the month of August!

The San Antonio Humane Society is offering a spay/neuter opportunity called Primp Your Pit. For only $20, your Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix can be spayed or neutered at the SAHS during the month of August! If needed, a rabies vaccine and nail trim are also included. To make an appointment, call (210) 424-7595 or visit SAhumane.org/spayneuter.

Attention! For Primp Your Pit, a $20 deposit is required (which is the cost of the spay/neuter surgery). Please pay via PayPal and provide transaction ID in the “Other Info” box when you fill out the spay/neuter appointment form! If you do not keep your scheduled appointment the deposit will not be refunded.

We hope to see you and your Pit Bull soon!

Come meet Simon at the SAHS today! He’s a 2 month old sweetheart with a very calm pawsonality! #SAHS #Puppy #Adopt #ConnectingFriendsForLife #instagramdogs #instadog

We have all experienced the moment of spending time with our dog cuddling or playing and all of a sudden he/she plants a sloppy wet kiss (lick) across your face. However, if you are the owner of a Chow Chow or a Chinese Shar-Pei you might know something about this “kiss” that other dog owners might not be aware of. Not all dogs have pink tongues! Some breeds, such as the Chow Chow and the Shar-Pei have completely black or bluish tongues or spots of blue/black on their pink tongue.

 

You might be wondering why some dogs have this coloration instead of the more common solid pink tongue. The answer is really simple. It’s just extra pigment! Humans have freckles or birthmarks, which is exactly the same concept.

Just as some people have more freckles than others, some dogs may have pink tongues and some may not. Most dogs are born with pink tongues and some may develop the darker pigmentation as they age. For example, purebred Chow Chows are born with the pink coloration and it darkens as they age. It is simply a unique characteristic of some canine cuties!

Some breeds, specifically the ones mentioned above, are more prone to having blackish tongues. DogBreedInfo.com provides a list of several playful pooches that have also been known to this feature. Some of the breeds include:

  • Akita
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bichon Frise
  • Collie
  • Dalmatian
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Mastiff
  • Shiba Inu

Nevertheless, it is very important to keep in mind that a dog’s tongue is also an important indicator of his/her overall health. Here are a few coloration warnings according to HealthyPets.com to keep an eye on (contact your veterinarian if the coloration does not return to normal):

  • A pale or white tongue may be a sign of weakened body condition
  • A deep red tongue may indicate hyperactivity of one of the organ systems of the body
  • A bluish or purple-tinged tongue can suggest pain or congestion somewhere in the body
  • A yellow-orange tongue may indicate gastritis and gall bladder or liver malfunction

So now you know, some dogs just have a little extra pigmentation, which makes their tongues black. It’s that straightforward! Next time your cuddly companion or playful pal surprises you with a little extra puppy lovin’ you might take a moment to see if your dog has a black tongue! Or if you’re curious to see if any of the dogs at the San Antonio Humane Society possess this unique trait, check out SAhumane.org/dogs.

Meet Lana! She’s a 2 month old Miniature Dachshund with an awesome pawsonality and the cutest ears. She and her adorable brother, Louie, will be available for adoption tomorrow at the SAHS! #Adopt #SAHS #Puppy #ConnectingFriendsForLife

Barbecues, beach days, and big fireworks! You know what that means—it’s the 4th of July! Celebrating the birth of our nation can be lots of fun, but our furry friends may not share our excitement.

According to PetMD, “Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.”

Because pets, both dogs and cats, can become so frightened by fireworks they often end up running away in a panic and ultimately get lost or killed. Coincidentally, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters according to the American Humane Association.

How can you help your darling dog or cuddly cat stay safe during your 4th of July festivities? Here are a couple tips:

  • Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification tags and that they’re wearing them on their collar. Or, consider investing in a microchip for your pet. You can microchip your pet at the SAHS for only $25!  It’s a quick and easy process.
  • Create a space where your pet can retreat to avoid that stress that the loud booms of firecrackers can cause. Turn on soothing music or a TV show to muffle the sounds.
  • Keep your pet indoors as much as possible.
  • If you plan on going to see a fireworks display, please leave your pet at home.
  • Never use fireworks directly near or around your pet.
  • Do not leave your pet outside unattended.

However, fireworks are not the only worry for our furry companions during 4th of July weekend. PetMD provides the following tips of how to keep your pet safe during the merriment:

  • Don’t put insect repellant on your pet that isn’t specifically for pet use. The same applies to using human sunscreen on your dog or cat. Don’t assume because you can use it that it’s a safe product to use on your pet; many human safe products may be toxic to animals.
  • Alcoholic drinks poison pets. If a domestic dog or cat consumes alcohol (including beverages such as, beer) they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or die from respiratory failure.
  • Keep glow in the dark jewelry away from your pet. If they were to chew on the jewelry they could swallow pieces of plastic or other foreign material, which could be harmful to their health.
  • No matter how much they beg, do not share your human food with your dog or cat. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.
  • Lighter fluid and matches are harmful to pets.
  • Citronella insect control products can be harmful to your pet as well and cause them to become ill.

Of course we love our fur babies and want to spend our memory making moments with them. However, our pets don’t enjoy holidays, such as the 4th of July in the same ways that we do as humans. Therefore, it’s best to learn how to celebrate safely! To learn more about firework pet safety visit SAhumane.org!

Happy 4th of July from the SAHS! Celebrate safely!