Read about some of our medical stories - 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. Clementine was found with an open would. Elle the kitten arrived at the SAHS last month with severe eye infections. Gunner 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. Ella, had severe mandibular brachygnathism, a condition where the bottom jaw is shorter than normal.
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.
April 2021 - Shelby
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.