The San Antonio Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952.
Volunteer! Volunteer! Volunteer!
Hello fellow animal lovers! As the SAHS Volunteer Program Supervisor, I guarantee that no matter what kind of mood you’re in, volunteering at the SAHS will brighten your day! Just imagine, hundreds of adorable shelter animals are waiting to meet you, your friends, and family, and I assure that you will witness first-hand how much we cherish the companionship exuded from our volunteers. Whether you can visit everyday of the week, on the weekends, or once a month, you can become a huge part of our success by interacting with our adoptable puppies, dogs, cats, and kittens. While assisting at the shelter is extremely beneficial for all involved, we also have awesome events around the community where you can help. I absolutely love our Volunteer Program and admire those who come out on their own time to support the SAHS Mission. I have been a part of the SAHS Team for 5 years and am so thrilled to see this program grow each year.
For more info, check out our website!
Go SAHS Volunteer Team!!!
Felicia Niño, SAHS Volunteer Program Supervisor
Hello! My name is Kelly Konesheck, and I am the new Humane Educator here at the San Antonio Humane Society. I have always been passionate about animal welfare and found a love for teaching as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas State University. Therefore, teaching others about animal welfare is basically my dream come true!
Humane education is a special type of instruction that encourages empathy, compassion, and respect for people, animals, and the environment as well as recognizing the connection among these. It is our mission to introduce humane education to as many children in San Antonio as early and as often as possible in order to decrease the pet overpopulation and to create a more humane and compassionate future.
Over the summer, we were able to educate over 200 local kids at Camp Humane with humane lessons, games, crafts, and hands-on experiences with both domestic and exotic animals. This fall, we are returning to Gilbert Elementary in the Harlandale school district to continue our in-school humane education where we will reach hundreds of kids! Topics covered this year include animal compassion, pet overpopulation and spay/neuter, basic pet responsibility, wildlife issues, and basic dog training. In addition, we are planning several Brady’s Badge Days for our Girl Scout troops, developing an after-school program with Communities in Schools at Westwood Terrace Elementary, and working with at-risk youth at another local school.
If you are interested in any of our humane education programs or want to know more about what we are doing to bring humane education to San Antonio, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey everyone! I’m Jamie Alcala, the new Community Outreach Specialist here at the San Antonio Humane Society. My journey at the SAHS began a little over a year ago when I became a volunteer while attending Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. As my journey continued I not only fell in love with the animals of the shelter but with the atmosphere and the people that help make this such an amazing organization. Once I graduated and moved back to San Antonio, I knew I wanted to continue contributing towards the shelter mission. I was presented with an opportunity to be part of the Community Outreach department as their intern. This internship led to a position in the Humane Education Department. After the huge success of our Summer Camp Humane sessions, I was offered the Community Outreach Specialist position… of course I happily accepted it and I am very excited to continue my journey with the SAHS!!!!
Let me introduce myself. My name is Lucy and I have been an intern here at the San Antonio Humane Society this summer. I was given the opportunity to write for this blog this summer and have enjoyed it very much. I have learned so much not just about our loving four-legged friends, but about the important work that SAHS does for the community. I have loved animals all my life and have always had a soft spot for this organization. I adopted my Libby from the SAHS almost 13 years ago, and I can’t imagine what life would have been without her.
Being here this summer has been a wonderful experience and I have received so much support, advice, and knowledge in these three months. I have also gained a greater appreciation for the care that the SAHS provides to these animals and the chance at a better life. The SAHS takes its mission to improve the lives of dogs and cats to heart and this has shown me what is possible when you are passionate about something. While the SAHS’s mission is to improve the lives of dogs and cats it goes further and improves the lives of many people who would otherwise miss out on the chance of finding that special companion if it were not for the SAHS.
Working here with the Department of Communication I have seen the hard work that is done and I have had so many different experiences that I am sad to go. I am happy that I get to start another chapter with my education but I will definitely miss all these cute furry faces I have been lucky to be surrounded by this summer- I’ll miss the dogs and cats too ;).
So being here in San Antonio the military presence is strong. Dogs in the military have been great assets to the men and women who serve to protect us. But did you know that cats have played an important role in the military’s history?
When you think war-time you don’t necessarily think of cats, but even though we know them to be great companions, they have been very valuable to the military in times of war. In order to help keep ships rodent-free cats became part of the crew. The cats, as most of us know, are natural hunters of these rodents and helped keep the ships from becoming infested. This was a great solution since the rodents were not just a nuisance but also a hazard to the crew’s health and food.
As I read more about the subject (Ship’s Cat) there have been quite a few famous cats in history that have been through some of the toughest wars and battles. The role that these furry creatures played may be looked over and not recognized as much as dogs have, but it was no less important to the lives that not only depended on these cats but who found companionship with them.
So let’s give our cats some lovin’ today!
Its not really raining ticks, but a couple days of rain and we don’t seem to know what to do with ourselves. You and your furry companion are probably relieved for the drop in temperature, but don’t let your guard down. The days after a good downpour, like we have just had, are the time when the ticks come out. In Texas ticks are always a concern, but they are more of an issue in the shaded wooded areas, fields, or around foliage. The summer heat will usually keep ticks at a bay since they don’t like sunny open areas. The rain can be a concern since this allows the temperatures to drop a bit and keeps the sun at bay.
Not only are ticks pests that can irritate you and your pet, but they spread disease that can be life threatening.
A few things to keep in mind to protect you and your four-legged pal are:
Check yourself and your pet for ticks when coming back from the park or other outdoor adventure.
If hiking, walk in the center of trails.
Keep your yard clean; ticks will hide in tall grass. Avoid areas with high grass.
There are more tips on keeping your pet safe and healthy at SAhumane.org. Let the rain keep coming, but don’t invite the ticks.
It would seem that cats are built to climb and jump and get in all sorts of mischief. But I have always wondered why a cat can climb up but just can’t seem to master the climb down.
There is a reason it seems, and it is not because they want the attention of the neighborhood or for the nice firefighter to come to their rescue. It seems the reason they are such good climbers is also the reason they are not so good at coming back down.
The claws of a cat all face the same direction which allows them to have a great grip for climbing, but if they try to use those same claws coming down head first then they are in for a not-so-fun trip. There is no way for cats to grasp if they try to climb down head first; what they have to do is a reversal maneuver. Just back it up straight and steady, like driving a car. This could prove a bit daunting for your feline friend, especially if something chased them up that tree; and no one wants to face their back to a potential predator. So this could be the reason your cat will take his or her time in coming down, or maybe they just really enjoy the view from up high.
Now that summer has officially sizzled upon us, it seems fitting to talk about how to keep our pets cool and comfy. Just as with us humans, summer brings along with it some unpleasant allergies. This is true for our pets as well. If you have suffered from hay fever then you know the agony that summer can bring; and our pets have to deal with the irritation by constant scratching.
So your dog or cat isn’t trying to tell you they are dirty, they are showing you that the pollen, weed, mold, and even fleas are making them scratch the way these things make us sneeze. While it may be okay to help your pet get relief the way we do with antihistamines, always help them by going to the veterinarian to make sure they are suffering from allergies. Dogs and cats can suffer so much that their skin is just unable to recover on its own. And you don’t want your dog or cat to have to stay in and miss all the summer fun, so make sure you keep an eye on excess scratching, and just as we watch the weather to see what is in the air that might have us breaking out the tissues, be on the lookout for what makes your four-legged pal uneasy about the summer breeze.
Did you know that dogs have taste buds for water? Why would they need them? I had the same question so I did a quick search and found that it is because of their diet. Now you are thinking of dog food when I say diet, but really dogs naturally are meat eaters and so their taste buds developed and specified to this diet. It is thought that the salt in the meat leads to the need for water and so the taste buds for water get activated and this leads to the dog enjoying water and wanting to drink more of it. Interesting right?
Like humans dogs have different areas on the tongue that correspond to a different taste, such as sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. However, dogs have a mere 1700 taste buds. This is nothing compared to the 9000 that humans have. So, you may think that the things your dog eats is unusual and not appetizing, but their taste is not as sensitive as we think and they are relying on their strong sense of smell to tell them if they should eat something or not. As for those water taste buds, it is good to know they are there, because now you know that they really do enjoy drinking water, especially these hot days of summer so keep them hydrated their taste buds will thank you for it.
Dogs are wonderful pets and great companions; this doesn’t mean they are simple creatures. A dog’s tail can tell you a lot about their mood and whether or not they want to be bothered.
In an article in Psychology Today, scientists have actually studied the different elements in a dog’s tail wag in order to decipher what is being said, so to speak. One thing you have to consider is the height the tail is at. A tall or high tail probably means the dog is tense or excited by something. A more medium leveled tail probably means he is more relaxed and chill with his environment, and a low tail means that he is uncomfortable and maybe even scared by something. The motion of the tail is also important. Is it fast, slow, does his whole body move because he is just so excited he can’t contain it to only one part of his body? And now scientists have seen that the side that the tail is leaning towards can mean if the dog is feeling positive or negative towards someone or something. Who knew that tail had so much to say?!
There is so much to a dog’s wag that it is like learning a whole other language. As pet owners, I think it is important to know how to translate what your dog is trying to say, it can create a stronger bond as well as help keep your dog safe and happy. So pay attention, everything you want to know is in the tail.