As an older person I can truly say how very important the work at NHES is. I grew up in an era where often people had no real idea of the needs of their pets. It was not unusual to see dogs chained in yards, cats and dogs not spayed or neutered, and health issues neglected. The devoted staff at NHES is a major reason the cruelty that was once accepted as a norm is now exposed and the life of pets vastly improved. The educators work tirelessly both on site and through school programs to educate a new generations and show them a better, humane way to enjoy their pets. NEHS, through its educational programs, addresses safety concerns and encourages dog training. I have no doubt that NHES is making a huge difference in the lives of both pets and owners. Their facility is first rate and that they have a full time vet on staff allows the educators access to expert information on health and nutritional needs. Behavior issues are also addressed making NHES the authority on companion animals. Schools have an opportunity to have a free program presented by NHES professionals conducted with humor, compassion, and knowledge. Change the life of a child and a pet by visiting NHES on site in Charles Town, WV or scheduling a program.
We were so thrilled to have Megan and Megan represent the National Humane Education Society to our elementary school's afterschool Compassion in Action Kindness Club in November of 2016. The goal of our group is to work to extend kindness in our community in as many ways as possible.
NHES was gracious enough to join us to present educational curriculum for our students and leaders for a full 90 minutes. The representatives centered the discussion around personal safety and kindness towards animals, an important subject we hadn't yet explored in our club. In addition, the students were thrilled to see Megan and Megan had brought two adorable puppies along from the shelter that were available for adoption, giving all our students a valuable hands-on experience of interacting with an unfamiliar animal.
Our leadership team and volunteers were very impressed with the passion and commitment Megan and Megan brought to the table. They are true professionals in every sense of the word and provided meaningful and useful information our students could use on a regular basis. Megan discussed sensitive information with ease and gave our students ideas and scenarios to think about both now and in the future.
It is both the NHES and our Kindness Club's goal to change social outlooks when it comes to the humane treatment of all animals. Megan and Megan are excellent ambassadors working towards this goal. We look forward to working with them and the NHES in the future.
When I was a little girl (many years ago now!), I lived in the small town of Sterling, VA. Also living in that small town was a wonderful lady who took in and cared for homeless animals. Her name was Anna Briggs and her home was called Peace Plantation. Since Peace Plantation was located near my grandmother's home, I was allowed to walk there from time to time, and Mrs. Briggs would allow me to follow her around as she cared for the dogs and cats. She became my hero because I had never met a kinder, sweeter lady, and her love for all the animals she had saved was clear to see. Time passed, I grew up and had other interests, and Mrs. Briggs and her animals moved away. Many years (about 45) passed, and one day on my way to work, I heard an ad on the radio about Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town, West Virginia. I wondered if it could possibly be the same Mrs. Briggs. I called and asked if it was, and sure enough, her grandson, Jim, told me my childhood hero (she was in her late 90s by then) was still active in the lives of animals. The very next weekend I took my grandson with me to visit BAAC and to see Mrs. Briggs again. What a wonderful place! I immediately wanted to volunteer so that I could be a part of their amazing work. I felt like I'd come home again! And later, as we sat together in the beautiful cattery, my 10-year-old grandson said, "I think this is what heaven must be like." I'm sure the cats who live there would definitely agree with him!
About 5 years ago my family decided it was time that we brought another dog into our lives. When we came across the National Humane Education Society / Briggs Animal Adoption Center near Charles Town, it really changed the way I looked at adopting a pet. It's not a place that you can walk into and then walk out 5 minutes later with a dog or cat. They take the time to make sure that the adopting family is a good fit so that the dogs (or cats) get a great forever home. We interviewed, found a young dog (Jayda) that we adored, and then scheduled to come back with our other dogs and all of our family members. Once the counselor determined the chemistry was good, she scheduled a visit to our home to see that it would be a safe and happy place for our newest 4-legged family member. I was really impressed with how much care and attention the entire staff put into helping the dogs and cats at Briggs find a forever home. I can't recommend this particular adoption center enough. They did a great job and we couldn't be happier with Jayda.
We have adopted several dogs from Briggs. The counselors were very helpful and knowledgeable. I was very impressed with the facility and staff. If you are considering adopting a cat or dog I would recommend Briggs.
This facility is great. The staff and volunteers love and respect the animals. The adoption counselors are great to work with and make sure all animals go to good homes. NHES offers great educational programs including a summer camp. I highly recommend this center if you are considering adopting a dog or cat.
I absolutely love this facility. I've wanted to be part of this facility since I first saw it. I started volunteering immediately after I became of age. Mr. Taylor has done a wonderful job ensuring life for this animals is a paradise while they wait for their forever home. The nhes workers do more than just tend to the animals while they wait for families. They try endlessly to get every animal in the home they deserve.
My son and I have been volunteering at the Briggs animal shelter for the past three years. What a blessing it has been to volunteer with such a caring and committed staff and dedicated NHES educators.
Just recently we adopted an older husky mix that was rescued by Briggs from a remote kill shelter in WV. The process was very smooth and our adoption counselor checked on our adopted dog several times to see how he was settling into his new forever home.
Last summer my son was attending their "Cool to Care Camp" which is run by the NHES, and he learned so much about caring for all types animals (not just dogs/cats). Megan F. and Megan H. were awesome facilitators dedicated every single day ensuring that all the children had fun, learned something, and built new friendships.
The facility is one of the best I have ever seen. It is clean, organized, and every single staff member is always willing to give you a hand. They truly love their animals, and they want the best home for them. We also had both of our GSDs spayed/neutered through their fantastic stay/neuter program. The counselor made all the appointments and assisted us throughout the process.
We also had the pleasure of volunteering at the local elementary school with the educators, Megan F. and Megan H. They teach the children how to care for dogs and cats by playing fun games, singing wonderful songs, and baking doggy treats for all our four-legged friends.
The Briggs Animal Shelter is top-notch and a vital resource to our community. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful facility with dedicated members and volunteers always committed to finding forever homes for all our furry friends.
My 6 year old had an amazing time at the Cool to Care Camp held at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center this summer. Megan H. And Megan (the camp counselors) were friendly and engaging. My son couldn't stop talking about everything he learned there. And for a couple weeks he wanted to be an "animal Doctor" when he grew up (that's a long time for him to stay stuck on being anything but batman!). Thanks for the great experience National Humane Education Society!
From my first dog adoption in 2001 to my most recent adoption in 2016, I have been a strong supporter of this organization and all that it does. Their Humane Education program provided throughout our Nation is superb and the Cool to Care Camp held at the facility is well received by the kids who attend. The highly successful Spay Today program is run by a dedicated staff that helps area pet owners receive low cost neuter surgery at various local veterinary hospitals. The Briggs Animal Adoption Center is staffed by compassionate kennel attendants and adoption counselors. Maintenance of the facility is top notch. With a veterinarian on staff, the animals receive the medical attention they need when they need it. Cats and dogs that are residents are fully vaccinated, vetted and spayed or neutered on site. I am proud to be a part of this organization by volunteering much of my time both at the facility and in the community, spreading the word about all the good work that is done at the National Humane Education Society, Spay Today and the Briggs Animal Adoption Center.
I have adopted 3 special needs dogs from Briggs. The Rottweiler spent most of her life in shelter before I found her. She was adopted before but returned when the the person couldn't handle her. Without Briggs it is likely none of my dogs would have lived to find a forever home. The education delivered by Briggs and the NHES teaches people how to be better stewards of animals and humane treatment of others. I wish there were more organizations like Briggs and NHES.