Huge heart, one goal- to help!.
AF is an amazing shelter with a huge heart, All they want to do is help San Antonio's staggering number of stray animals. They do their best to keep it going from day to day. Its alot of work. The animals are precious and get everything they need. Don't listen to the negative reviews about the shelter. So what if they don't pick up the phone when it rings every time, they are very busy! They work day in and day out to care for these animals. Its a hard and tiring job that someone has got to do Trust me, if you worked as hard as everyone does at AF, you would understand why it might be hard to read these negative reviews when they are honestly trying their best. The applications are read carefully to make sure the animal will not end up on the streets again! As a no-kill shelter they take in all sorts of animals (abused, neglected, behavior problems), so they want to make sure they cycle doesn't start over again with a new owner. In my opinion, they are being very responsible human beings for carefully considering to whom the animal will go to.
If you aren't satisfied with the shelter, then I encourage you to take the initiative to get up there and see how hard they work. Donations are *much* appreciated. Again, they are a not for profit organization that receives NO city funding. God bess those who volunteer their time to help instead of sitting at the computer complaining.
In spite of what you might think......
I adopted a wonderful dog from this facility this past weekend. I've read some reviews that were not favorable - and I disagree!!! No, it is not the Ritz Carlton for unwanted animals. However, these animals are loved and well taken care of by Cheryl and her volunteers. Are they over crowded? YES. Do they need donations? YES! Do we realize that this is a non-profit organization? I don't think so. If we did, we might be a little more understanding regarding returned phone calls, hours of operation, etc.
My Sophie is fabulous. She received all her shots, was spayed and micro chipped. No fleas, ticks, kennel cough, etc.
I went to all the other shelters in S.A. Yes, they are state of the art, closer than Borgfeld Rd. The only person that spoke to me in EVERY ONE of those places was at the front desk when I entered. No one else.
I have nothing but good things to say about Paula and Cheryl at Animal Friends. If you would like to help make things better there, how bout you step up to the plate and volunteer or better yet donate some money.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK PAUL, CHERYL AND VOLUNTEERS!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!
the poor animals. I just got bck from this place and i have to say i was highly disapointed, today is a extremely hot day and the dogs are just thrown in a fence outside they look miserable. i didnt know where to go once i got there it doesnt have a real entrance its more like a puppy mill and when i finaly found someone who worked there which i am assuming was the owner she was not pleasant or nice at all...
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