From the left: Duchess of the Fire Hydrant, Abby - Princess of the Food Bowl, Shelia - El Rey Fido XIV, Scout - Duchess of the Chew Toy, Snow White - Knight of the Royal Court, Braille
In spite of the weather, this year’s El Rey Fido XIV & Royal Court graced the stage with their royal paws and were honored for their awesome fundraising efforts during this year’s El Rey Fido Coronation.
This year’s El Rey Fido XIV is Scout, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever mix. His royal court consists of Princess Sheila, a 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Pit Bull Terrier mix; Duchess Snow White, a 6-year-old Shetland Sheepdog; Duchess Abby, a 1 1/2-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix; and Knight of the Royal Court, Braille, a 6-year-old Dalmatian mix. Together, they helped raise over $35,000 for the pets at the San Antonio Humane Society!
Although the doggie bowls have been emptied and the dancers have left the stage, El Rey Fido XIV and his Royal Court will continue their reign over San Antonio throughout the rest of Fiesta® and through the remainder of the year. Catch these champions of animal advocacy at the Texas Cavalier’s River Parade Monday night and walking the Fiesta Pooch Parade Saturday, April 23.
The 2016 El Rey Fido Fundraising Competition is now OVER!
Stay tuned for 2017!
El Rey Fido Sponsorship Opportunities
Is your dog Royal? Well, here’s your chance to prove it to the world!
The 2016 El Rey Fido fundraising competition has started!
Our 2016 El Rey Fido and Royal Court will be celebrated at the El Rey Fido Coronation, which is now an official Fiesta® event and if you know anything about San Antonio, you know all about Fiesta®!!
We are honored to be a part of this joyous tradition and hope you will support the SAHS on this amazing journey!
Please read through the 2016 ERF rules, create a FirstGiving fundraising page, and make sure to share it with your family, friends, co-workers, etc.
How to Win
It’s as simple as this: To become crowned El Rey Fido XIV on Saturday, April 16, 2016, your canine companion (and you) must collect more money for the pets at the San Antonio Humane Society than any other canine-and-human pair. El Rey Fido XIV will lead a Royal Court to include the next four top dog fundraisers. El Rey Fido XIV and the Royal Court will serve as ambassadors for the SAHS during their reigning year and will participate in various media and event appearances!
Click here for the contest rules.
- Money raised can be dropped off at the SAHS every day between 12pm-7pm.
- The fundraising deadline is Thursday, March 10, 2016 (cash and FirstGiving donations must be turned in to the SAHS or completed online by 6pm).
- Cash/offline donations will NOT show up on the Firstgiving fundraising page unless the contestants put it there themselves.
- Winners will be contacted on Friday, March 11, 2016.
- A mandatory meeting for El Rey Fido, the Royal Court, and all owners will be held Saturday, March 12 at 2pm in the SAHS Education Building. At this time, proof of rabies vaccination, spay/neuter surgery and microchip (required by city law) must be presented to the SAHS staff.
- The El Rey Fido Coronation (an official Fiesta® event) will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10am at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205.
- The new El Rey Fido will be crowned and Royal Court members will be recognized at this royal celebration. It will be free of charge and open to the public. Well-behaved dogs accompanied by their owners are welcome. Free self-parking and valet parking ($10) will be available.
El Rey Fido XIV and the Royal Court will need to participate in the following events:
- ERF Coronation (an official Fiesta® event) on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10am at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio
- Photo session with photographer Renee Spade
- Various media appearances (TV and radio)
- More TBA
Donations are not taxed. Our online donor site called ‘FirstGiving,’ charges the SAHS 7.5% service and credit card processing fees on every transaction. Donors have the option of covering that fee for us if they select a box to do so. This is not required. If they select the box, the fees will be added to their charged amount. The total amount that the donor is charged will be counted towards their fundraising goal.
*Please refer all questions to San Antonio Humane Society staff at fnino@SAhumane.org
Special thanks to:
Renee Spade Photography, Official El Rey Fido and Royal Court Photographer
Renee's mission is to spread the joy and wonder only those of the four-legged kind can bring to the human experience. Her Modern Stylish Fine ART PET photography will capture your pet's inner supermodel...making them the envy of all their furry pals. Her hope is that the images she takes of your beloved pet will make you smile, now and always. As one of the premiere pet photographers in Texas, her “high fashion” pet images have been featured in San Antonio Magazine, Texas Dogs and Cats Magazine, Scene in SA, FHOX Magazine, Sincerely Fido greeting cards and the Jack & Spade Collection by Renee Spade.
Renee has worked with the SAHS since 2006 as the Official Photographer for the El Rey Fido fundraising competition. Helping promote the humane treatment of animals, responsible pet ownership and animal adoptions are very important to her. She strongly believes that very furry kid should live a spoiled and rich life full of love!
C.J. CRUZ, RADIO PERSONALITY
Enormously talented and popular, C.J. hosts San Antonio Solutions with CJ Cruz, which airs on 4 San Antonio radio stations. She has received numerous local and nation awards including "Best Over-all D.J. for San Antonio," and she was also a three-time winner of "Best Female D.J. for San Antonio"! CJ was nominated nationally twice for "Music Director of the year" for Radio and Records Magazine, and named one of the country's top two Rock Music Directors by both Album Network, and FMQB.
CJ is a great supporter of the SAHS and our El Rey Fido fundraising competition. Every year she presents ERF and the Royal Court with the gorgeous Grr-robes made by Cheryl Trevor and welcomes them as guests on air. Be sure to hear more about the SAHS and our shelter pets on her weekly radio show!
Cheryl Trevor, Mistress of the Grr-robes
Cheryl owns an awesome dog clothing design business called Furry Tail Fashion. She is without a doubt an animal lover. Growing up her family always included dogs, cats and birds and she fondly remembers Duchess, a Basset Hound/Dachshund mix, as a very special family pet adopted from the SAHS. Today her family includes two Bichon Frise dogs, Rosette and Cherie, who love to help model the dog clothes she designs.
Cheryl looks forward to meeting the ERF and Royal Court each year and loves seeing them show off their gorgeous Grr-robes she made at the ERF Coronation and during their "El Rey Fido In The City" tour!
Want to see photos and videos from previous El Rey Fido years? Click here!