National Humane Education Society
Rating: 4.29 stars 28 28 reviews 2,005
PO Box 340 Charles Town WV 25414 USA
Our mission is “to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.” In 1954, Alice Morgan Wright, NHES board member, wrote of NHES, “In 1948, we incorporated, a small group of us to carry on what we think is one of the urgent needs of our time, Humane Education.” Today, this urgent need is still with us and at NHES we address it through our programs services—all of which serve to educate the public and decrease animal suffering.
Geographic areas served:
the United States
(1) Humane Education & Advocacy, (2) Spay Today, (3) The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and (4) Alliance Partnerships
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2 people found this review helpful
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.
1 person found this review helpful
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.
1 person found this review helpful
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.
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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.
My first visit to Briggs was with a family member, who was interested in adopting a dog. I was quite impressed with their process, as they go to considerable lengths in order to ensure the match is a good one for both the adopter and the dog (or cat). 'Charley' was adopted, and has had a great home ever since.
A few years later, I spied a photo that Briggs had posted of Gifford, and it was instant love! We went to visit him, and learned of the life he had endured before being rescued. Due to his background, he was extremely shy, but the staff had been working with him to help him come out of his shell. Giffie has now been a part of our family for nearly 3 years, and I cannot imagine life without him.
I am now a volunteer, and love taking part in their events such as 'Footin' For The Animals', 'Pedals for Pooches', and visiting various pet boutiques and stores with some of the adoptable animals.
The love for all the animals and care given to them by the staff members is exemplary. I especially love knowing that being a no-kill facility, each and every one has a home until they find their 'forever family'.
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My review of The National Humane Education Society is offered from an uncommon perspective. I am and have been an employee of the organization for many years and have adopted numerous animals. I have, in fact, known of the organization and been involved in different capacities for over 35 years. I can remember details of the facilities from nearly 40 years ago and while they were much smaller and limited in comparison to the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, the cleanliness, order and absolute commitment to the animals have been constant. As an employee here, in a non-management type position, I see the reality of the the day to day operations. I see the many people who come here with an injured or unwanted animal, the vast number of those who have adopted pets and return just to visit or attend the annual Alumni Day celebration. I see the many, many people who bring their pets to utilize our low-cost spay and neuter program. There are many volunteers who regularly come to spend time with the dogs or cats, or those that help with the various fund raising or information events. There are quite a few of the clerical or administrative staff who bring their own pets to work. It is normal that when an animal has been adopted and is ready to be taken to it's new home, the receptionist will announce over the p.a. that this particular animal is leaving for their new home and if any staff wants to come say goodbye, come to the front lobby. There is always a group of those that have cared for the animals directly that come to say goodbye. I see the truck loads of food and supplies that arrive regularly, the extensive and detailed procedures for cleaning and feeding. The special diets, the dog isolation/ intake building, the bathing and grooming room, the feline areas with walkways, climbing trees, the Education building for teaching events and fundraising events. There are vehicles to rescue and adopt pets with, machinery to maintain the grounds and facilities, the well-appointed vet room and full-time vet for in-house animal care. I see the many hardworking coworkers, the sometimes ill or injured incoming animals, the ongoing display of photos in the break room of newly adopted animals and happy owners. I see the stress in upper management when operating funds are not enough, the difficulty in telling another person we are full and cannot take in more. I could go on but my point is this, from my perspective, this organization is consistently and continually working to better the lives of multitudes of animals and, indirectly, improving the lives of many people. Briggs Animal Adoption Center is in Charles Town, WV, and I would invite you to arrive on any given day, during our open hours, and look to see if what I have outlined is true. If you do come, you will be pleased.