On February 27, 1979, the Humane Society was granted Non-Profit Corporation status by the State of Texas. The original New Braunfels Humane Society animal shelter was located at 1920 Kuehler Avenue. Shortly thereafter, the IRS granted tax-exempt status (501c3). The Humane Society Association raised $32,000.00 by the end of 1978. Ground was broken for the first phase in June of 1979. The grand opening of the Humane Society animal shelter was in September of 1980. The Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area has been in operation for 35 years. In those 35 years, there have been 5 executive Directors.
The land the shelter on Kuehler was built on was leased to the Humane Society by New Braunfels Utilities. The shelter was originally built with one dog run. Eventually a second dog run was added. The Kuehler shelter was approximately 5,000 square feet. It had 36 dog runs and 34 cat kennels. We have more than double our square feet in the new shelter with approximately 11,000 square feet. We now reside on 16 acres of land owned by the Humane Society.
The Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. While we are not funded by the city, the county, or any national humane organizations, we do hold contracts with the City of New Braunfels and Comal County to house stray animals brought in by their Animal Control Divisions. We also accept stray pets brought in by citizens and if space allows, pets whose owners can no longer care for them.
While we are inundated daily with homeless pets and have no control over the number or type of animals that enter our shelter, we handle approximately 4,000 animals a year and at any given time care for approximately 100 cats and 100 dogs. The revenue we collect from our contracts covers approximately three days of care per animal and their intake vaccinations. If the animal stays longer, or needs any veterinary care, we rely on donations and adoption fees to cover those costs. The pet overpopulation problem in New Braunfels is real and while the bulk of the burden falls on the shoulders of the HSNBA, it is a community problem – a problem that the community and HSNBA can solve by working together.
Scroll to read about our $10 Challenge, the Five Freedoms for our animals, and the In Kind Donations you can provide.
Will you take the $10 Challenge?
Saving lives isn’t cheap. HSNBA’s contracts with the city and county only cover about three days of care for each animal they bring to our shelter. If the animal stays longer than 3 days, or needs any veterinary or other special care, we rely on your donations to cover those costs.
We work hard to make sure each animal in our care is given the “Five Freedoms”.
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
- Freedom from Discomfort
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
- Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
- Freedom from Fear and Distress
In order to provide these freedoms and the staff to help these abandoned and homeless animals find their way home or into new homes, we need your help. Will you take the challenge? Can you donate $10 a month to ensure the lost and abandoned animals of this community are cared for in the manner in which they deserve? Simply click the DONATE button below and you will be redirected to Paypal where you can put in the amount that you wish to donate. If 3000 people pledge at least $10 a month, will have all the funds needed to care for the most at need animals in our community.
In Kind Donations
The following items top the list of items we use the most at the shelter. Feel free to bring any of them by during normal business hours and be sure to check with your accountant to determine which of your donations may be used as tax write-offs.
- Unopened Dog Food, Wet and Dry
- Unopened Cat Food, Wet and Dry
- Paper Towels
- Printer Paper
- Ink Cartridges for HP Photosmart 5520
- New dog and cat collars
- New dog leashes
- Pet carriers and crates
- HSNBA is always in need of monetery funds to increase the welfare and adopt-ability of the animals in our care
HSNBA Pay Pal Donations
Surely everyone can spare $10 a month to save lives. Be sure to check the box and make it a recurring donation. It’s easy! It’s effortless once set up and you can know that you are doing something great for the community animals living at HSNBA!
We can do it. You can help. Donate today.