Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. It’s an accurate statement and one that applies to states, cities, and towns just as much as it does to entire countries.
Happily, when animals in Leon Valley and the greater San Antonio area need help, there are plenty of wonderful animal welfare groups ready to save the day. The San Antonio Humane Society is one of them. This non-profit, no-kill organization has been helping at-risk animals from Bexar County and nearby areas since 1952. It provides shelter, treatment, and rehabilitation to more than 5,000 animals each year, and also runs an adoption program, spay and neuter services, and community education.
The San Antonio Humane Society’s mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats. However, it doesn’t receive any regular support from national humane associations or animal welfare organizations, so it relies on donations and volunteers from the local community to continue pursuing this mission.
San Antonio Pets Alive! also boasts an unwavering commitment to helping San Antonio’s at-risk animals. This organization specializes in rescuing dogs and cats selected for euthanasia at the San Antonio City Shelter. With a vision to one day make San Antonio a no-kill community, the group has saved the lives of more than 38,000 animals since 2012.
If you’d like to make a donation or join San Antonio Pets Alive! and its team of more than 700 volunteers, visit the organization’s website for more information.
Therapy Animals of San Antonio is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has been bringing people and animals together for healing since 1989. Fiesta Pooch Parade is the group’s major annual fundraiser, and it’s held each April at the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool. The event features a 2.6-mile walk for dogs and their humans around the streets of Alamo Heights! It’s a laidback and social event for dog lovers of all ages, and there’s plenty more to see and do throughout the morning. Highlights include doggy games, pet product and information booths, and a costume contest with prizes for Best in Show, Most Creative, Best Matched Human and Dog, and more. It’s $25 to participate if you get in early, so register as soon as you can!
A family-friendly event for people and dogs with free admission — that’s what you can expect from Barktoberfest, which is held in October at Animal Defense League of Texas! This paw-some annual event is a spirited celebration of dogs and all the joy they bring into our lives, with an afternoon full of dog-themed games and activities to enjoy. Highlights include a multi-category costume contest, kids’ games, grrr-eat prizes, a beer garden, food trucks, pet product vendors, and heaps more. Just remember to bring along your blanket and lawn chairs so you can relax in the park with your pet by your side!
Some Halloween fun, delicious candy, and the chance to get active with your furry friend — sounds pretty paw-some, huh? The ADL 5K & Trick-or-Trot 1K is an annual fundraiser for Animal Defense League of Texas, and it features a 5K walk or run for those feeling active and a 1k Trick-or-Trot kids’ event. The 1K kids’ course features a range of candy stations along the way, guaranteeing a fun atmosphere and providing a grrr-eat incentive to get moving! Best of all, by taking the family along to this woof-tastic day out you’ll be raising funds and awareness to help pets in need.
If you want to make a splash with your dog and indulge in a host of exciting canine sports and activities, Poochamania is the event for you. Held at the San Antonio Humane Society, Poochamania offers six hours of non-stop fun for humans and their pets! Your dog can try dock jumping in the Splash Dogs pool, tackle an agility obstacle course, and try his luck at fun and festive pet costume contests. There’s even a highly entertaining Doggie’s Got Talent competition, along with food trucks, a bounce house, and heaps more. Admission is free, but there’s a suggested donation of $5 for individuals and $15 for families, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the dogs and cats at the San Antonio Humane Society.
Want to get a little more exercise with your pooch but can’t quite find the motivation you need to get going? Check out Go Fetch Run, a series of regular exercise classes designed for humans and their dogs! Held at the San Antonio Humane Society, Go Fetch Run provides a range of fun and challenging workouts for you and your dog. It includes cardio, strength training, agility, core work, and even the “Down and Dirty Obstacle Course”, providing a grrr-eat way for you and your pup to raise your heart rates! First-timers can try out a class for $5, with classes held on the first and third Saturday of every month. Why not check them out and get into shape with your canine companion?