In the city of Balcones Heights, whenever an animal falls on hard times, there are always plenty of local animal welfare groups ready to offer help, hope, and love.
San Antonio Humane Society is just one of those organizations. Founded in 1952, this non-profit operates on a no-kill philosophy and serves the animals of Bexar County and surrounding areas. The society provides shelter, treatment, and rehabilitation to around 5,000 animals each year, giving abused, abandoned, injured and stray dogs the care they need until they can be adopted into loving homes.
As the San Antonio Humane Society is a no-kill organization, it not only saves healthy animals but also dogs and cats needing medical attention. However, as it doesn’t receive any funding from national humane associations, it relies heavily on local donations to continue helping the animals that need it most.
SNIPSA is another organization dedicated to helping San Antonio’s homeless and unwanted animals. Formed by a group of veterinarians and other animal lovers, the group does not have its own shelter and depends on dedicated foster carers to provide the love and nurturing that rescued animals need.
This foster-based approach ensures that the organization develops an in-depth understanding of each animal’s needs and behaviour, and can then match it with the perfect permanent owner. Since it was incorporated in 2006, SNIPSA has rehomed more than 8,500 animals, so it’s very much deserving of recognition and ongoing support. Donations, offers of volunteer help, and new foster carers are always welcome, so feel free to lend a hand if you can.
A paw-some parade, well-dressed dogs, and a fun festival atmosphere — that pretty much sums up what you can expect at the Fiesta Pooch Parade! Held in April as part of Fiesta San Antonio, this mutts-do event features a 2.6-mile walk for canines and their humans around the streets of Alamo Heights. As the major annual fundraiser for Therapy Animals of San Antonio, the event has a serious side, but the focus here is truly on fun. Before the parade kicks off there’s a dog costume contest, so your pooch can compete in categories like Best in Show, Top Dog, Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Fiesta Flair, and Best Matched Human and Dog. There are also plenty of other doggy activities to enjoy and vendor booths to browse, so why not join in the fun?
With smooth tunes, a relaxed party vibe, and a dog-friendly policy, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is an event not to be missed! Held in July at Wonderland Mall of the Americas in San Antonio, this annual festival boasts a plethora of wonderful jazz artists doing their thing along with the opportunity for you to enjoy it all in the great outdoors on the amphitheatre lawn! Seating is on a first come, first served basis, while there are plenty of food and refreshment options available on site. The highlight of the event, however, is that well-behaved dogs are more than welcome to sit back, relax, and wag their tail to the music right by your side!
A relaxing stroll through beautiful gardens, taking in the fresh air and gorgeous greenery with your furry friend at your feet — sounds like a grrr-eat day out, right? Well, that’s the reason why San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Winter Paws event is such a hit with dog lovers from San Antonio and surrounds! For three days in January, Winter Paws sees the garden gates thrown open to allow dog owners to explore this beautiful space. Dog bowls are placed throughout the garden to ensure that your pet stays hydrated, and entry is just $5 per dog. Proceeds from Winter Paws benefit local animal charities, so what better excuse do you need to check out this paw-some event?
Bark in the Park was first held in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in 2012 as a fun and festive event designed to raise money and awareness of a wide range of pet-based initiatives in the community. And now this pet costume contest and expo, run to benefit a host of paw-some local animal rescue groups, is also held in San Antonio. Held in October at Sunken Garden Theater, Bark in the Park features an adorable pet costume contest with some grrr-eat prizes, as well as a pet expo with stacks of local pet businesses and product vendors! It’s a fun, fabulous, and free event for dogs and their people, so add it to your calendar for the year ahead.
Barktoberfest is an annual canine celebration that just keeps on getting bigger and better each year. Held in October at the Animal Defense League of Texas, this family-friendly event provides a whole afternoon of fun for dog owners and their furry friends. The highlight is the multi-category costume contest with plenty of paw-some prizes on offer, but you can also enjoy heaps of other activities (for kids and dogs) and the Wurst Dachshund Dash. A beer garden, food trucks, pet product vendors, and adoptable animals round out the event schedule, making this a mutts-do event for Balcones Heights dog lovers!