For 11 years I've fostered for this wonderful group of volunteers. They provided food, toys, and other assorted accessories and all I had to provide was the love. All of the volunteers I've been involved with are kind and loving, not just to the animals but to their foster parents. You have to be a loving person to be able to do what they do every single day. The cat barn ladies show up first thing in the morning to clean, and feed all the cats and kittens, then stick around to play with them awhile. All of this is on their own time, which really impressed me. It always makes me sad when I have to let go of one of my fosters so I can't imagine how bittersweet it is for these people when they have to let go of another pampered dog or cat to it's forever home. There is a special place in Heaven for each one of them.
Nine years ago we moved here from the north and immediately were introduced to the Humane Society. We began assisting with rescuing puppies, fostering them, and helping with adoptions. I have enjoyed every second in fostering their puppies and mama dogs. They provided food, paid for the vet visits, and I got to do all the fun stuff! I've noticed a huge drop in puppies being left by the side of the road since the spay and neuter program took off. Barbara, one of their longtime volunteers, goes to the elementary school to teach the kids about proper care of their pets. The McCormick Humane Society has changed this town for the better and continues to push forward. One day there will be no more homeless, abandoned or mistreated pets in McCormick.
We have fostered many dogs over the past 15 years and it is the most rewarding experience of my life. First, I get to know the dogs better because they are in my home and it makes it easier to explain to potential owners the dog's personality. Second, after being in a home, they are house trained and crate trained so they get adopted faster. I love knowing I helped a homeless dog find their forever home!
I am a proud failed foster home. We fostered a shy, loving dog named Barrett and after a couple of months, we realized that he fit in perfect in our home and with our other dog. We made it official and adopted him. After he gets settled, we plan on fostering more dogs for the HSMC. It is very rewarding and fostering first is a great way to know if a dog is going to fit into your household.
We cannot speak more highly of the Humane Society of McCormick County. The staff who helped us with our adoptions took the time to get to know us and that made it possible for them to help recommend a dog that would be a good fit for us. We are deeply impressed with the dedication and caring attitude of all the volunteers we have met. We often visit them on adoption day just to say hi. They are the best!
I have never met a group of people with bigger hearts than the volunteers at HSMC. Their love and dedication for animals is truly genuine and inspiring. I am so glad that I am able to be a part of this organization, and I have loved every minute of it!
I moved to McCormick County in 2010. Within 2 years my husband of 47 years passed away. I was alone and recalled how I had enjoyed having a cat in my life over the years. I started looking at PetFinder and fell for the picture of Jesse. She was available through the Humane Society of McCormickj County (HSMC). They are devoted to not only the animals but to the adopters and potential adopters. They made me as a new "parent" feel like I was part of their family and if I had any question/probems, I could just give a call. Which I had to do early on because Ms Lucy was nearly a year old and had socialization problems. The HSMC volunteer worked with Lucy and me and we are now very happy together. After enjoying her for several months and following some of the HSMC activity on social media, etc, I realized that I could give back to this wonderful all-volunteer organization as a volunteer myself.
I have lived in McCormick for over 20 years and have watched the HSMC grow from a very small group of volunteers into the organization that it is today -- a group of committed dedicated people who love animals and give of their time and talents to protect and provide for the dogs and cats of the county. There is some heartbreak but a lot of joy associated with this work and I stand in awe of their dedication. They have gone from a group that housed dogs in pens behind a fire station to one that has acquired land and built a bricks-and-mortar dog shelter and a temporary cat shelter, while they work toward something more substantial for the kitties. I adopted a kitten from them last summer, feeling it was the least I could do to help them and the animals. Harlee has been a joy and I love her dearly. Thanks go to all of the volunteers, dedicated and underappreciated. You are my heroes.
We are now fostering a dog for the Humane Society of McCormick County and it is so rewarding. We know that we now know more about his personality which means we can be more helpful in finding him the right home. And he is playing with our dog which is good exercise for her. It is a win-win!
This is a great group. They really care about their animals and they stay in touch with the people that adopt from them.
When I retired I moved to a very rural area of the south. I learned there was a small, all volunteer group of retirees who formed an animal rescue. They did this because there is no animal control, no veterinary services and no county help for unwanted or lost pets. I began by walking dogs, cleaning up after them and playing with them. They gave me so much joy from the tiniest puppy to the biggest goofball. I soon began volunteering my Saturday's to travel by caravan with all the dogs. It takes us just under an hour and a half to reach a decent sized pet store. There we wait in anticipation to see who would find their forever home.
Nothing brings me more satisfaction to follow an animal from a skinny, flea ridden and often times shy, mangy dog, to a warm and happy home. We have endless hours of fundraising and when necessary pitch in to buy gas, food and veterinary supplies to make ends meet.
This is a meaningful way to spend my time and gives me an opportunity to give back to those who were lost. I’m glad I found the Humane Society of McCormick County.
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I really, really LOVE HSMC. I have had such a nice experience volunteering with them. The volunteers feel like family. They were so kind and welcoming to me the first time I volunteered. They have the cutest and sweetest dogs and kitties. If you're considering adding a furbaby to your home, I HIGHLY recommend checking out HSMC's adotable babies! Pictured below is one of their sweet pups that was adopted out a while ago! :)
I have been involved with The Humane Society of McCormick County for 3 or 4 years as a volunteer. I have been involved with the walk and feed of the pets and foster mom also. They are a wonderful group of caring and kind people whose 1st interest is safety for the dogs and cats. We are a non profit group so many fundraisers are necessary to keep the group going. I am proud to be a part of this organization