About Us

We have a special announcement! This year, we are celebrating 70 YEARS since we first opened our doors back in 1952!

We’d love to hear your adoption story, see any old and new photos you have of your adopted pets, photos from our original Jones Avenue location and our Fredericksburg Rd location! Email us your memories via PR@SAhumane.org today!

Our Mission

Our Mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay/neuter programs, and community education.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to end pet overpopulation and to create a community where every dog and cat is treated with respect and compassion and has a permanent and loving home.

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We are a no kill shelter.

The San Antonio Humane Society is a no kill shelter! This means that we save both healthy and treatable dogs and cats, with euthanasia reserved only for unhealthy and untreatable animals.

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The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. The SAHS shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates thousands of dogs and cats every year. Many of the dogs and cats in our care have been abused, injured, surrendered by their owners, or found as strays. As a no-kill organization, every treatable pet in our care stays in our care until they find a home or necessary placement with another no-kill organization. No pet in our care is ever euthanized to create space. Thousands of dogs and cats in San Antonio and its surrounding areas are saved from euthanasia every year due to the mission and practices of the SAHS.

Through our adoption, volunteer, foster, spay/neuter, and educational programs, we inform and educate the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership. We serve as one of the largest dog and cat adoption organizations in San Antonio, Texas, helping to decrease the community’s large pet overpopulation problem in a humane manner. As a local nonprofit, we are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). We do not receive funding from the federal government, the HSUS, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The most effective way to positively change your local community is by donating to your local nonprofit.

Our Values

Customer Service

  • We treat every customer, internal and external, with courtesy.
  • In order to meet our customers' needs, we strive to learn about each animal and to promote each animal to customers.
  • We greet our customers when they enter our work areas and thank them when they leave.
  • We provide quick, responsive service.


  • We are willing to accommodate unpredictability in the workplace.
  • We are willing to accept challenges.
  • We are willing to consider other's perspectives and remain open-minded.


  • We listen to others and acknowledge their needs.
  • We practice patience and tolerance of others.
  • We are honest with ourselves and with others.
  • We demonstrate care and understanding with all animals in our shelter.


  • We are punctual and ready to work at our scheduled time.
  • We complete our assigned jobs in a timely manner.
  • In leading by example, we strive to be experts in our field by educating ourselves through experiences and learning.


  • We are trustworthy and strive to do the right thing.
  • We observe, follow through, and honor our word.
  • We make sound decisions and are not easily influenced by others.
sahs closed 16 aug 2023