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Helotes Humane Society services the areas of San Antonio, Texas taking in stray, homeless, and abused or neglected animals. As a non-profit, they rely on the generous donations and volunteer work of kindhearted individuals who want to make a difference.
Their shelter operates through a network of approved foster homes, a model that allows pets to be properly trained and socialized. This gives them the best chance of finding their forever home and making their new families happy. They focus on delivering pet rescue services, adoptions, humane education, and a variety of resources to promote the welfare of animals.
Helotes Humane Society allows same-day adoptions, provided that you complete all the necessary paperwork and that your application is approved by staff.
To begin the process you can view all the stunning cats and dogs available for adoption on their website.
Once you've found your dream pet, it's time to complete the online application. You must then wait for a counselor to call you and take you through the next steps, which will include scheduling a meet-and-greet with your potential new pet at their foster home.
In addition to offering locals the chance to adopt a lovable pet, they also allow people in Canada, New England, OR or WA to adopt animals from the foster network with the help of their transport partners.
Adoption fees at Helotes Humane Society vary by the animal, so check out their online listings of currently available animals for more information.
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, medical testing, flea and tick prevention, vaccinations, microchipping, and a 30-day health insurance policy. Pets are treated for heartworm if they test positive.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.