Situated just five miles northeast of downtown San Antonio, Terrell Hills is perfectly placed to enjoy convenient access to a long list of dog-friendly attractions and events. It’s also well looked after by a host of local animal rescue organizations, ensuring that the pets of Terrell Hills can always find help when they need it.
Animal Defense League of Texas (ADL) is a perfect example. Since way back in 1934, this wonderful non-profit has offered a no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs and cats. With a mission to enhance the quality of life for the animals it rescues by providing essential medical care, including spaying and neutering, as well as all the love and compassion those animals need, ADL always tries to find the best home possible for every pet.
As San Antonio’s only no-kill facility, ADL can hold up to 400 animals at any one time. However, it relies on donations and the help of hardworking volunteers to continue saving lives, so feel free to offer assistance if you can.
SNIPSA is another paw-some local group committed to tackling homeless pet overpopulation. Its mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome adoptable animals from high-kill shelters and the wider community, and to promote responsible pet ownership.
Formed by veterinarians and other local animal lovers, SNIPSA was incorporated in 2006 and has since rehomed more than 8,500 animals. Volunteers, foster carers, and financial support are always more than welcome, so visit the SNIPSA website to find out how you can lend a hand.
Looking to treat your dog to a day out that involves a pet costume contest and a huge expo devoted to all things dog? Look no further than Bark in the Park, which takes place in October at San Antonio’s Sunken Garden Theater! You and your well-behaved pooch are invited to go along and enjoy delicious cuisine from food trucks, great bargains from pet product vendors, a fun kids’ zone, and so much more. The highlight, however, is the pet costume contest that sees a host of canines take to the dog-walk to strut their stuff. Best of all, proceeds from the event benefit San Antonio pet rescue organizations!
Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing than a peaceful stroll through nature, and this paw-some San Antonio event lets you do just that with your dog by your side! For a three-day weekend in January, the San Antonio Botanical Garden opens its gates to dog lovers and their furry friends. The $5 entry fee per dog (plus general admission fee for you) lets you enjoy a relaxing walk through the beautiful garden surrounds. There are also bowls of water throughout the garden to help your four-legged friend stay hydrated all day long, and proceeds from the event benefit local animal charities!
Fiesta San Antonio is a highly-anticipated annual event that celebrates San Antonio’s diverse heritage, culture, and spirit. There’s no shortage of things to see and do throughout the 11-day festival, but the highlight for dog lovers is without a doubt the Fiesta Pooch Parade! This 2.6-mile walk allows dogs and their humans to enjoy a peaceful stroll around the streets of Alamo Heights. There’s a festive atmosphere throughout and it’s a grrr-eat way to meet other dog lovers, and there are dog information and product booths on site. There’s also a dog costume contest with six competitive categories, so there’s more chance to win, but the best part of all is that event proceeds benefit Therapy Animals of San Antonio!
Fancy enjoying an afternoon out with your dog while you wet your whistle with a host of tasty beverages? If so, head on down to one of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling’s regular Fido Funday events. At these paw-some events, your best friend is more than welcome to join you at the brewstillery while you treat yourself to craft beer, bloody Marys, beermosas, and micheladas! There are doggy paddling pools on hand to help your pet stay cool, plus a range of dog-friendly vendors if you’re keen to track down a bargain. Check it out if you’re looking for a relaxed Sunday session with your pooch.
Does your dog love sports, or simply finding any excuse to get active and run off some excess energy? If so, she’ll love spending a whole day at Poochamania! This dog-friendly pet-acular provides six hours of grrr-eat games and activities for pets and their people. Your dog can try her paw at dock jumping, race around an agility course, or strut her stuff in a cute pet costume contest. Food trucks, a bounce house, a pet psychic, dock jumping demonstrations, and a doggy talent show also feature, so you’ll never run out of things to do! There’s no cost to attend, although a suggested donation of $5 per person will help support the homeless dogs and cats cared for by the San Antonio Humane Society.