Read about some of our medical stories - Shiro, suffering from severe hip dysplasia. Scout with a bad head injury. Jazzy with a diaphragmatic hernia, meaning a tear in her abdomen. Phoenix with a burn injury. Dudley & Norbit, both suffering from a thigh bone fracture. Denali, 6-month-old, was found completely covered with sarcoptic mange and without fur before arriving at the SAHS. Selena, rescued by fire fighters. Sky needed a couple of tumors removed. Correy with a fractured leg. Shelby, caught in a coyote trap. Tammi was hit by a car and was shot with a shotgun. Barry has a painful neck injury caused from an embedded collar, and more.
Please donate to Michaels Medical Rescue Fund to help other animals in need.
At the San Antonio Humane Society, we make every effort to find the best home for the pets in our care. Sadly, many of the dogs and cats that come to us have been abused, neglected, injured or have chronic illnesses. These injured or ill animals are treated based on the funds available at the time of intake or illness. Through the Michaels Medical Rescue Fund, you can choose to make a contribution to a special needs animal. This will decrease the costs associated with the provision of necessary medical care they need and deserve. Once these animals are healthy, they will then be available to the public for adoption. We appreciate any contribution offered.
November 2021 - Shiro - Adopted
Look at that sweet face! How can you not fall in love!?
Shiro is a sweet 1-year-old Terrier pup brought to us about two months ago suffering from severe hip dysplasia. Thankfully, our medical team was able to give him the veterinary care that he needed. He underwent not one but TWO surgeries to help him walk without pain, and he’s been the most adorable patient in our new medical building!
We are happy to say that Shiro is now ready to find his fur-ever home, where he can complete the rest of his recovery journey! He’s received laser therapy and is doing great completing his post-op rehabilitation exercises. He will need to continue short leash walks and additional exercises to help him heal stronger each day.
He’s the sweetest boy ready to give you all the love that you need. He’s super affectionate and playful. His smile will melt your heart.
October 2021 - Willy - Adopted
Meet Willy! He’s a sweet 8-month-old boy who came in with his right eye looking very small and opaque, a condition called Phthisis bulbi. Because his eye would never regain sight again and to prevent further infection, our medical team decided to remove his eye. Even throughout the ordeal of surgery, Willy remained affectionate and gentle. He loves to climb on you to give you kisses. We’re happy to say that Willy has recovered from his surgery.
September 2021 - Scout - Adopted
Just look at that sweet face! Scout is an adorable 4-month-old Miniature Smooth Haired Hound/Dachshund puppy, who’s now ready to find her FURever home after recovering from a serious head injury.
She was brought in last week after someone found her hiding in a backyard all alone. We don’t really know what happened to her, but she had an open wound on top of her head, and we could tell that she was in a lot of pain. Once in our care, our medical team jumped into action to help her heal.
Her wound was treated with daily wet-to-dry bandages and laser therapy to draw out any infection and accelerate the healing process. She’s been the perfect, little patient and has recovered super fast. She’s now ready for adoption, and will be out in the puppy room sometime tomorrow Saturday (we have a full puppy room today)!
Despite everything she’s been through, Scout's a happy and playful girl! She’s a little bundle of energy and ready to be a part of a loving family.
July 2021 - Jazzy - Adopted
Sweet, little Jazzy was having trouble breathing when she was brought to the San Antonio Humane Society on July 1.
After further evaluation, our medical team found that the 3-month-old kitten had a diaphragmatic hernia, meaning a tear in her abdomen. Her X-rays revealed that all of her stomach contents were crowding her lungs and heart. It certainly explained why she was having such a hard time catching her breath – poor baby!
We believe she experienced some kind of significant trauma to cause that painful injury. Thankfully, her surgery was scheduled on July 9 with our traveling surgical partners to repair the damage. All organs were placed in their proper location and her diaphragm was successfully closed.
However, even as she was recovering from her surgery, she appeared to be in significant distress with her breathing once again. A postoperative X-ray revealed a pocket of air in her chest, pushing down on her lungs. Our surgical staff prepped her chest, and a chest tap was performed to remove the excess air. We were all relieved to see her breathing more normally, and by the next day, she was a vivacious kitten again!!
“Jazzy really is a miracle kitten surviving injury and complications and coming out on the other side – loud, affectionate, and always hungry!” said SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Traci Gilbert.
The beautiful kitten was sent to a loving foster home to continue her recovery in a warm and comfortable environment. She was placed under strict cage rest and in-cage socialization only. According to our medical team, she was fantastic!
Jazzy is now back at the shelter and ready to find her PURRfect family! She’s looking for someone who will spoil her with endless love and attention. She’s got a curious and adorable personality, and her “motor” never stops humming, whether she’s eating or not. It won’t take long for you to fall in love with her!
July 2021 - Phoenix - Adopted
Get your heart ready because we have a feeling you’ll be falling in love with Phoenix! This sweet 5-month-old Retriever mix came into our care with a burn injury that was already scabbing down his back. It’s hard for us to determine what really happened to him, but we suspect it was likely a burn from a hot water hose. With the help of our incredible medical team, Phoenix received the necessary treatment and care to help him feel safe and comfortable.
A thin layer of wound balm was applied over the entire wound twice a day and laser therapy was also performed twice a week to accelerate his healing and reduce his pain. He quickly became a staff favorite, especially when he was seen wearing his doggy goggles! Phoenix is now feeling much better, slowly perking up and letting us see the incredibly sweet and loving boy that he is.
He’s healing nicely and has come way out of his initial shell. He came in so scared and is now a big love bug who just wants constant attention! He loves to put his paws on your shoulders and gives you his AMAZING Phoenix smile! He loves his belly rubs and is now starting to get into toys! He’s also starting to become a dancer with our volunteers. He definitely enjoys showing off his sporty protective shirts that shield his burn areas. And treats?? Oh YEAH – he definitely likes those (highly therapeutic, he’ll tell ya!). It’s great to finally see a real smile on this lovable boy!
His story is a reminder for all families to PLEASE check the temperature of their water hose if they’re thinking of using it to cool or bathe their pups this summer. If the water hose is left under the Texas hot sun, the water will come out too hot! Again, that’s what we believe caused Phoenix’s burn.
After two weeks of treatment, we are excited to announce that Phoenix is now ready to find his new FURever home! You can’t tell us you’re not falling in love with this sweet boy already! He has the softest eyes and biggest heart. He loves gentle pets and treats! He’s looking for a place where he can grow up and feel safe and loved.
July 2021 - Dudley and Norbit - Both Adopted
Dudley, a 4-month-old Siberian Husky/Retriever mix, and Norbit, an almost 2-year-old Chihuahua, melt hearts everywhere they go.
They both were found separately roaming the streets all alone, injured and in desperate need of help. Luckily, they were taken to the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) in early June, and our medical team soon realized they had another thing in common – they were both suffering from a thigh bone fracture!
After assessing their injuries, our medical team fortunately determined that both of their legs could be saved. The sweet pups underwent orthopedic surgeries in our Leeu Naylor Medical Building. Dudley’s fracture was repaired with a pin and cerclage wire while Norbit’s fracture was repaired with a pin and screws.
So far, they’ve been the most adorable patients. Our medical team describe Dudley as “wild but charming” and Norbit as “the sweetest little man.” Our awesome volunteers have been a great support as well by assisting with their daily physical therapy such as slow leash walks and motion exercises to help accelerate their healing. Additionally, laser therapy has been used to reduce pain and swelling in their legs. They’ve also been super popular each time they do their underwater treadmill therapy – they make the cutest faces!
Now on week 5 of recovery, Dudley and Norbit are both finally ready to continue their road to healing in their very own FURever home. They each hope to find an active family that will help them get stronger every day.
As two young pups, they’ll definitely be very active after making a full recovery. They’ll thrive by following their recommended post-operative instructions, which includes no jumping, chasing a ball or playing with other dogs, and progressively longer, slow walks as their comfort levels permit. We estimate a full recovery at six months after surgery. Potential adopters will receive detailed instructions prior to each adoption.
“Dudley and Norbit have won the hearts of staff and the rehab team, and we will all be happy to see them find a forever home.” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Leslie Hopes said.
June 2021 - Denali - Adopted
Little 6-month-old Denali was found completely covered with sarcoptic mange and without fur before arriving at the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) last month.
The young, neglected puppy was immediately quarantined, feeling extremely sad and itchy all over her tiny pink-skinned body. Our medical team quickly began treatment to get rid of the mange, which is caused by a mite infestation on the skin. They made sure to keep her warm and comfortable every step of the way.
“Denali was nearly bald and covered in scabs due to her mange upon intake,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Leslie Hopes said. “She was provided a little sweater to keep her warm in her kennel and lots of cushy towels and blankets to snuggle.”
Thanks to our new Leeu Naylor Medical Building, we are able to take in special medical cases like Denali. Our specialized dermatology ward allows us to keep pets with contagious diseases, like sarcoptic mange or ringworm, secluded until they fully recover and become ready for adoption.
Within the next four weeks, Denali received medicated baths and her fur started growing back, and the mange slowly left her body. She started gaining weight and playing like a normal puppy. Her once sad face now radiates with big, happy smiles. She’s so full of energy and loves life!
Thanks to our caring medical staff, Denali has made a full recovery.
“She’s young, so like any puppy, she’ll be looking for a home that is looking to add an energetic, joyful, bouncy puppy as a long-term companion to their family,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Traci Gilbert added.
We are happy to report that after receiving much-needed medical care and lots of TLC, Denali made a full recovery and found her perfect FURever home in…CALIFORNIA!
May 2021 - Carrey - Adopted
Carrey gets a second chance at life - If it’s true that cats have nine lives, then Carrey was already close to running out. This sweet 6-month-old kitten has been through a lot during his short life. Abandoned and forced to fend for himself without access to food, water, shelter, and medical care, matters were further complicated when he was injured, resulting in a fractured leg.
Luckily for Carrey, a Good Samaritan found him and brought him to the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS). After assessing his injuries, our medical team fortunately determined that Carrey’s leg could be saved.
“The X-rays showed that the leg was broken pretty cleanly instead of being shattered, so Carrey was lucky because we were able to repair his fracture rather than choosing to amputate,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Traci Gilbert explained.
During a specialty orthopedic surgery, veterinarians repaired the broken limb using a bone plate and pin. Furthermore, laser therapy was utilized to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain, and to promote blood flow and quicker healing to the surgery site.
While Carrey’s surgery was a success, the recovery process for a rambunctious kitten was a bit difficult. For about eight weeks, he was sent to a loving foster home, where he was prevented from running and jumping like a kitten typically would. He was also on strict cage rest for his bone to properly set before he could go back to normal activities. However, during this time, his foster mom made sure he was spoiled with extra cuddles, playtime and treats.
Today, Carrey is back at the shelter completely healed and ready to find his PURR-fect home. He is very loving, sweet and playful. If you would like to adopt Carrey, you can visit him today!
May 2021 - Sky - Adopted
Do you have room in your heart for Sky? She is a gorgeous 2-year-old beauty full of personality! She is a happy girl, who just lo-o-o-o-ves people. She’s the ultimate proof that Pit Bull Terriers can be among the best-natured dogs one can imagine. She’s got that horizon-wide “pibbie” smile, alert amber eyes, and a soft silver-beige coat. Plus, she knows how to “sit.” She’s easy to walk and loves treats! Once you meet her, we just know you’ll fall in love.
Sky recently had a couple of tumors removed and is now doing great and healing. Potential adopters should be aware that there is a very small chance a tumor could regrow. She is also Heartworm positive, but don’t let this discourage you from adopting this sweet girl as she can continue her treatment in her new home. She’s ready to be your most loving and loyal companion. Our adoption team will go over all her medical details prior to adoption.
Sky hopes to find her FURever family soon. This special girl loves to explore and play with tennis balls all day long. If you welcome her into your family, she’ll also be your lifelong cuddle buddy! Visit her today!
May 2021 - Selena - Adopted
A huge thank you to Fire Department Station 51 for stopping busy traffic on Wurzbach and I10 to rescue a baby kitten! The firefighters noticed she had dodged two cars and were able to pick her up safely and bring her to the San Antonio Humane Society! They named her Selena. Selena got sarcoptic mange, and will be treated in our medical facility before going to a foster home until she's ready for her forever home.
April 2021 - Shelby - Adopted
If you look at Shelby’s smile today, you would never know everything she went through to get a second chance. The sweet 1-year-old Shepherd mix girl was brought to the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) on March 22 in very bad shape.
A Good Samaritan first saw her caught in a coyote trap, but she ran away before he could help. He saw her again three days later, but by this time, she had gnawed off her leg in order to free herself from the trap. Her entire body was also covered in lacerations, including a few deep cuts in her armpit and inside her ears, from a possible altercation with either another dog or coyote. Her legs were swollen and her wounds were becoming infected. She was extremely shy and nervous and any movement caused to cry out in pain.
The SAHS medical team sprang into action and performed multiple surgical procedures to ensure she could live a full life.
“We were able to treat Shelby immediately,” SAHS Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kristine Hawkins said. “The first and most dramatic was an amputation to her rear leg that had been trapped in the coyote trap. The new equipment in the Leeu Naylor Medical Building allowed us to sedate her and perform full body radiographs.”
The X-rays ruled out any other fractures, and laser therapy was used to accelerate healing and provide pain relief. After a couple of weeks of nourishment and lots of TLC, Shelby proved to be a true survivor!
“Eventually, she warmed up enough to give us a tail wag and kisses,” Dr. Hawkins added. “Just this past weekend, we convinced her to venture outside. Now, she is absolutely thriving. She loves to run around outside and play!”
This sweet girl continues to heal in our new medical building, where she is doing physical therapy exercises daily. She is on the mend and hopes to find her forever home soon.
“Shelby would love a home with a doggy playmate – someone her size or smaller who wouldn’t be rough on her. She seems to be very loving and generous with kisses and is eager to receive tons of belly rubs. She would love a family who appreciates all that she has been through,” Dr. Hawkins concluded.
January 2021 - Barry
Meet Barry! When this sweet 3-year-old Retriever boy arrived at the SAHS, we instantly noticed he had a painful neck injury caused from an embedded collar.
Thanks to the generous support from our donors, we were able to treat Barry and give him the love and care he desperately needed. Our amazing clinic team is using medical-grade honey to treat his wound and changing his neck bandages every day.
“He’s a super sweet boy, just so grateful and loving,” SAHS Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kristine Hawkins said.
As part of his treatment, Barry is also receiving cold laser therapy around his neck to accelerate his healing and looks adorable in his doggy goggles! He has stolen the hearts of our entire staff and will steal yours too!
He is still undergoing treatment and getting some extra TLC, but he will be available for adoption soon – so stay tuned
December 2020 - Tammi - Adopted
Tammi, a sweet 9-month-old Retriever, arrived at the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) on November 2 in desperate need of help. Upon examination, SAHS veterinarians believed Tammi was hit by a car and was shot with a shotgun. Her X-rays revealed more than 70 shotgun pellets in her body.
The sweet pup underwent a specialized surgical procedure in our new Leeu Naylor Medical Building to repair her pelvis fracture and restore her mobility. Following her surgery, Tammi was sent to a loving foster home to recover.
After a month of rest and much-needed love and care, Tammi is now stronger and ready to find her forever home. She will still need some rehab to strengthen her leg muscles, which include short leash walks and stretches.
“Tammi needs a fun-loving and caring home,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Traci Gilbert said. “Considering everything she went through, she is such a sweet girl. She is young and a bit shy, but I am sure she would love an active family once she gets her strength back.”
When we saw Tammi, we were instantly drawn to her and after spending time with her, we knew she was the dog we wanted. She’s been so great. She’s adjusted so well. She was shy at the shelter, but as soon as she walked through our doors, she was different. She was really excited, and I think she’s enjoying us as much as we’ve needed her. We’re really glad to have her.
-Tammi's new mom
December 2020 - Clementine - Adopted
Clementine was found in the middle of a parking lot with an open wound on her side, and brought to the SAHS. It was presumed that she may have been attacked by another animal. Her wound required daily bandage changes (twice daily initially), and a lot of TLC from her foster mom. Clementine has recovered and this sweet girl is ready for her forever family. She is an enormous bundle of energy that would do best in a home where she has a friend to release that energy with (i.e. a young, playful feline or a small dog).
October 2020 - Elle - Adopted
A sweet 2-month-old kitten without eyes hopes to find her purr-fect family soon!
Elle the kitten arrived at the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) last month with severe eye infections. Her left eye was even more noticeable as it was enlarged and painful. SAHS veterinarians made the decision to remove both of her eyes to alleviate her pain and prevent further infections.
Following her surgeries, Elle’s founder agreed to foster her during her healing process. As she started to feel better, Elle started to explore her new surroundings.
“Elle has been fearless, becoming more energetic and confident after her surgeries,” her foster mom said. “She likes being close to you, loves to cuddle, and purrs so loudly! When she is up, she loves to play and wrestle with anyone, no matter how big, and then will cuddle up afterwards.”
With the help of her whiskers, Elle learned to navigate the home in just a few days.
“She adapted pretty quickly and was able to jump up and down from our couch and bed,” her foster mom added. “She still ran into things when she got excited playing and running but was able to get around our house relatively efficiently when she was walking. I have no doubt that she will be fully functional and mobile once she learns the layout of her forever home.”
Elle is now back at our shelter and ready to find her fur-ever family. She is well mannered, loves being near humans, and gets along with other pets. As a visually impaired kitten, she will need special care when she is introduced to her new home to help reduce her risk of falling down stairs or off high counters. However, once she fully adapts, she can continue to live a full and happy life as an indoor cat.
“Because she has lived with limited vision for a while and is young, she should adapt well to life without sight and will use her other senses to navigate,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Leslie Hopes said. “From day one, Elle has been a happy kitten who loves people, and her loss of vision has not affected her happy little spirit.”
October 2020 - Gunner - Adopted
An adorable 2-month-old kitten arrived at the San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) on Sept. 23 in urgent need of love and extra care.
He was found abandoned behind a car dealership with his ears and tail missing. It appears that someone purposely cut them off before he was rescued and taken to the SAHS.
SAHS veterinarians and staff were determined to make him feel safe and loved again. They named him Gunner and gave him the special care he desperately needed. They gently cleaned his ears, shaved and cleaned his tail, and applied a special cream to help treat his wounds. He also received pain medication and laser therapy on his ears and tail to help stimulate the healing process.
Following his treatment, Gunner was sent to a loving foster family to continue his recovery and slowly began to trust people again. Generous SAHS supporters also donated special litter that Gunner needed while his wounds healed.
After several weeks of love and cuddles, this sweet boy is doing much better and is now ready to find his “purr-fect” home.
“He does the cutest little meows, and once he trusts you, loves to be petted and receive kisses,” his foster mom said. “He would make the perfect addition to any loving family.”
October 2020 - Ella - Adopted
Ella arrived at the San Antonio Humane Society on Sept. 23 with a suspected broken jaw. However, upon evaluation, it was determined that Ella had severe mandibular brachygnathism, a condition where the bottom jaw is shorter than normal.
Although she was not showing it, the sweet 6-month-old Retriever was in pain. Because of her shortened lower jaw, her bite was off and her bottom canines were causing trauma to the roof of her mouth. If not corrected, her condition could worsen and result in bone loss, tooth loss and oronasal fistulas, which is an abnormal hole connecting the mouth and nose.
SAHS veterinarians determined that Ella required a specialized surgery to correct her painful condition. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Ella was able to travel to see the nearest veterinary dental specialist, Dr. Tiffany Menke, at Austin Veterinary Emergency Services on Oct. 13 for her procedure.
A crown amputation removed the sharp tips of the bottom canine teeth, resulting in a shorter and blunter tooth that will not have contact with the roof of her mouth. The tooth then required a vital pulpotomy, which is a filling that allows the tooth to remain alive and healthy. Two back molars were also extracted to allow her remaining teeth to erupt and have space.
Ella’s procedure was successful, and she has been a perfect patient throughout this entire treatment.
“She rode so well in the car and was such a lovely houseguest following her surgery,” SAHS Associate Veterinarian Dr. Leslie Hopes said. “Her tail has not stopped wagging; she will make her future adopters very happy.”
Her recovery process will include a short course of antibiotics and pain medications, soft food for several weeks, and of course, plenty of cuddles. She will also require future checkups and yearly dental cleanings due to her shortened jaw.
“It's been a great experience to provide a specialized procedure for a young puppy that will change her life and remove a lot of pain from her daily activities. This definitely would not have been possible without the incredible support of our generous donors,” Dr. Hopes concluded.
Ella is now recovering back at shelter and is ready to find her FURever home! She is nearly 100 percent potty-trained, sleeps well through the night and absolutely loves other dogs.
If you are interested in making Ella a part of your family, submit an online adoption application at SAhumane.org/dogs today!
On August 10, 2012, we had to say goodbye to an incredible man and member of the San Antonio Humane Society family, Mr. Bill Michaels. Aside from being a dedicated supporter, Bill exemplified the leadership, vision, and passion that were needed to help us make invaluable strides in our mission. It is because of him that the Bill and Helen Michaels Medical Rescue Fund was founded and stands today as a living legacy to their passion for the medical rescue of sick and injured dogs and cats. One thing Bill was never short on was his confidence in our facility and staff, something that still inspires us daily. As an organization, each day we strive to live our mission with passion the way Bill did, and hope that our continued strides to ensure every dog and cat has a permanent, loving home will be a testament to his good-will, dedication and stewardship to all those animals who seek shelter and care here at the San Antonio Humane Society. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and many friends, and please know that both Bill and Helen Michaels will always have a place in our hearts.