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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: animal shelter

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Janice50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The appearance is a real conflict on how this group takes animals. That the appearance is they do not follow the law. That the scheme includes the Judiciary, the Government of different areas in Virginia in stealing animals from owners. That they have scared these owners with intimidation and help of the different Judges whom have assesst outrages bonds for getting thier animals back or for boarding of these animals while in the care of this foundation - or those associated with this foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

How does a humane investigator end up with their own shelter? Isn't that a conflict of interest?

I would think they should not profit off of the sale of the animals that they take in.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Ms. Bogley, a Humane Investigator for Culpeper and Fauquier counties, who is, at the same time the founder and executive director of the Middleburg Humane Foundation. She is paid a salary by this non-profit of more than $65,000 by the foundation. Ms. Bogley is by all appearances in violation of Virginia Code § 3.2 6557 which states:
§ 3.2-6557. Animal control officers and humane investigators; limitations; records; penalties

A. No animal control officer, humane investigator, humane society or custodian of any public or private animal shelter shall (i) obtain the release or transfer of an animal by the animal's owner to such animal control officer, humane investigator, humane society or custodian for personal gain or (ii) give or sell or negotiate for the gift or sale to any individual, pet shop, dealer, or research facility of any animal that may come into his custody in the course of carrying out his official assignments. No animal control officer, humane investigator or custodian of any public or private animal shelter shall be granted a dealer's license. Violation of this subsection is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Nothing in this section shall preclude any animal control officer or humane investigator from lawfully impounding any animal pursuant to § 3.2-6569.

This means that this non-profit which is controlled by Ms. Bogley is receiving animals by the county judges that is in direct conflict of interest between a government official (Humane Investigator) and a non-government entity (Middleburg Humane Foundation). In other words, an official comes to your place, seizes animals, and then raises money by PayPal for their non-profit on the backs of those animals? Who would want to support an organization whose interests, by all appearances, could be involved in such a scheme?

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered at Middleburg Humane for almost 2 years, going 2-3 times a week. Small miracles happen there all the time! For example I have seen starving horses saved from being tied up at the side of a road with no access to water much less food , brought to this farm and fed and socialized and then adopted to forever homes. Dogs who cowered in the back of their cages when they were first brought in who gradually became friendly and happy. Every aspect of an animals' needs is considered, food and water of couse, but exercise, toy play, outings to town and socialization with children , if appropriate. All animals are given medical attention by experienced staff, they're brought in at night and given soft blankets to lie on and treats.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In a Nutshell Middleburg Humane Foundation is Amazing.
My story is from the view 1st as a client served and now as a Volunteer. Please read my story.
About 10 years ago a pregnant stray cat "claimed" our family and before I could utter the words " NO!", my 3 yr old named her. So I turned to MHF for help. They found the kittens new homes and helped us to get the mother (Casey) spayed. We pitched in what little we could afford and they took care of the rest. Perhaps it was "all in the days work" for them, but not for us. Casey added a new dimension to our family. I will spare you the stories of our sassy cat, but only because there is more to tell.
Now it has been over 10 yrs, and my children and I now Volunteer at MHF. Now we are Not their Best Vol. ( more sporadic to be honest) but we help when we can. And here is were we become indebted again.
From the time you arrive, you are greeted by a friendly staff and other volunteers. You get this sense of Family(even though you don't know everyones name- it doesn't matter - we are all there for the same reason! ) Because in the process of thinking or saying "I am helping these poor abused homeless animals" something HAPPENS to you and you get to be a part of this "THING"
And this "thing" is AMAZING! Yes, MHF helps these animals, cleans the cages, tends to medical issues, ect, BUT its MORE than that! They Make The World A Better Place!
You leave there knowing that you made a difference in the "quality of life" for another creature. You get this sense of "AWE" that is soul shaking. And you look into the animals face you know they feel it too. So "We" get to say we "helped" them,.... or is it that "they"(the animals) have "helped" us. Either way it is AMAZING, and I am Lucky to be a small part of it.
Thanks for reading my story.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with MHF for 13 or so years now and continue to be amazed by the work they do. When telling and bragging to people about this wonderful organization they often say how can you stand the sadness of seeing abused and neglected animals. My response is always the same, yes it is sad but just knowing that the moment they are placed in the compassionate and competent hands of Middleburg Humane all will be well.


After spending fun time with "the babies" I go home. The folks at MH live and breathe the pain and hardship of seeing the worst of what mankind is capable of, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They fight to help our dear animal friends that can not fight for themselves. I can not express enough the admiration I have for this organization. It's one thing to complain or wish for change in the world, it's another to be strong enough to be a part of making those changes and that is what these incredible folks do every day!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer at Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) for approximately 7 years, walking dogs and fund-raising. I also have served on their Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the organization. I have now officially returned to the status of volunteer.

Middleburg Humane Foundation is an amazing organization, run by the most compassionate management and employees imaginable and supported by fabulous volunteers who put heart and soul into seeking a better future for all the abused, neglected and at risk animals animals that have the good fortune to find their way there.

If good medical and day-to-day life care were all that was needed, this shelter would rate 5 stars. However, there are always more animals in need than there are resources to provide this care. The attention of management and staff to do the necessary fund-raising to keep the doors open and the quality of care high is always an issue and diversion.

Middleburg Humane Foundation goes beyond the animals in its direct care. It has a Chained Dog program, that focuses on animals that are legally kept on chains outside of owner homes. MHF visits these homes and delivers bedding, food, medicine and other essentials to keep the dog as comfortable and healthy as possible in this less than ideal life. While supporting these animals, it also helps the owners understand their obligations as pet owners and forges a partnership, as much as possible, with the ultimate well-being of the animal in mind.

MHF also tries to educate the public to the critical importance of spaying or neutering for not only the health of the pet, but for prevention of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, that ultimately end up in shelters if they are lucky and suffering if they are not.

Running a shelter for abused and neglected animals is one of the hardest jobs on earth; there is so much needless suffering, needless cruelty and needless ignorance. It is hard to keep good employees because the stress level is so high, every day. As we all know, the limit of what can be done is always the funds available to do it. Having been involved with the financial planning, the one area that I see MHF needing is sources of funding (grants) that can be counted on from year to year without the entire staff and many of the volunteers being distracted from the organization's purpose of helping the animals to the "marketing" side to constantly beg for financial support.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at MHF for 3 years and in that time my mom and I have adopted 6 animal, it is amazing what they do for these special creatures! It seems like every time I go they have a new animal that is waiting to be loved and, MHF definetly gives all the love an animal needs to begin to start its new and better life. No one can doubt that they do anything they can to help the less fortunate four legged creatures. MHF acts like a heaven for all animals. The workers are super super nice and make you feel welcome and they are so thankful for the help. I love MHF and I could not imagine my life without it.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Middleburg Humane Foundation is a wonderful place to volunteer, particularly for children . My son (now 13) and I have volunteered there over the past two years. They make sure to train the volunteers about what to do and why, and help make them feel part of the team in achieving their mission -- excellent loving care of abandoned pets, and where possible (some of the animals have health issues that mean they stay at MHF and cannot be adopted) to get them into a great forever home. Their philosophy on why children can help is great -- where the animals are safe for children to work with, that exposure helps them become even better candidates for adoption. My son also loves working with the variety of animals at the shelter, including the rabbits. Finally, MHF is run very well. The care and concern for the wellbeing of animals is always evident. It is inspirational to be able to volunteer there.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Middleburg Humane does a phenomenal job with limited resources, a very aged facility, and animals with histories. They focus on high needs animals that other facilities would not be able to handle. They offer complete vet care, even for those who have little chance of life or even adoption. The staff is dedicated ,caring, hard working, and positive thinkers. fostering of these animals by the staff is very common.
They have taken in entire litters of puppies and kittens; cared for them until old enough to be adopted, then taken them to adoption fairs or even taken them home themselves.
The need for this facility is ever rising and despite physical limitations ,no animal in need is turned away.

Review from Guidestar