Who is HSNBA?
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 just three days of board and care.
What Do We Do?
Reuniting lost pets with their owners is a particular passion of our staff. All animals are scanned for microchips multiple times and we leverage social media to reach a wide audience when we have animals in our care that seem likely to have someone looking for them. Our “return to owner” rates are much higher than the national average because of a creative, intuitive and determined staff!
When we have exhausted those efforts, finding an appropriate new home for the pets in our care is our second great opportunity. Each pet is marketed individually to highlight its unique features and hopefully attract a loving new adoptive home.
Ending Pet Homelessness
HSNBA ensures animals leaving our care have the best chance at being successful. Dogs and cats adopted through HSNBA are:
- Spayed or Neutered
- Fully Vaccinated
- Treated for internal parasites
- Treated to external parasites
If a pet comes in ill or injured, or becomes ill while in our care, we have visiting volunteer vets who exam and treat them in the shelter. If the illness or injury is more than can be handled with the limited diagnostics available at the shelter, we send the animal to a local full service veterinary clinic for treatment.
While much of our food is donated, and local vet clinics offer the shelter generous discounts, caring for 4000 homeless animals every year isn’t cheap.