My local Humane Society is an exceptional facility. They truly are humane in all senses of the word. It is the only open access shelter for about 120 miles that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason.
It is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups; so, it receives support exclusively from the community. We are supported by our two thrift store locations also; accepting donations for resale in the shops, with proceeds going to the shelter. We organize annual events in the community that raises awareness and funds; these events include the Mutt March, Charity Masquerade Dance Party, and Paws and Claws Gala.
Our foster program is another way in which the community helps us with the overcrowding and health needs of animals that are not ready for adoption.
As well, as providing outreach to the community to spay/neuter their pets. The Humane Society gives back to the community that supports us by providing humane education and pet therapy programs including:
Paws to Read, an award-winning literacy program that gives children the opportunity to read to a trained therapy dog. Paws to Read is a proven program that improves reading practice, fluency, reading comprehension and self-esteem.
Pawsitive Interaction, a therapeutic approach that brings animals and children with special needs together.
Paws to Love, our trained Pet Therapy teams bring wet noses and big smiles all around on regular visits to residents of senior centers, nursing homes and the hospital.
Pawsitive Healing, a therapeutic approach that brings animals and people with psychological/cognitive disabilities together with the intent of facilitating an individual’s progress towards therapeutic goals.
Pet Loss Support, gently guides people through the grieving process of losing a pet.
Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of pet insurance, $5 off pet food and $30 off one dog obedience class.
We also take in other small animals such as bunnies and guinea pigs.
The web address for my local Humane Society is: