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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: 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

Programs: (1) Humane Education & Advocacy, (2) Spay Today, (3) The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and (4) Alliance Partnerships

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Jack Russel from Briggs and shared 5 loving years with her. Kindle was a bundle of vitality and she was the boss of our Golden and our Wolf Hound mix along with 3 cats. Briggs did a wonderful job of guiding us to find the right dog for our family and spent time and effort to be sure we were a good fit.
Also we have used Spay Today program to neuter our dozen barn cats, they made it possible for us to keep our community under control responsibly.
Lastly, my Dad used to volunteer to spend time with the cats in their home at Briggs and everyone was a winner!
We are fortunate to have Briggs in our community.

Angie86

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted all 3 of our dogs from Briggs. Our adoption counselor Kristy Curtis has been imperative to helping us with everything from food to behavioral issues. She made it known from the beginning we could call her for anything and we have. We know the staff from the kennels to the office staff work so hard to take care of these beautiful little beings until they find their forever homes. I can't recommend them enough. They truly care about making sure that all of the animals are going to safe, happy homes. You guys rock!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NHES helped me to find my beloved dog, Red. They spent the time to find the perfect match for me and made sure it was right for Red, too. The adoption counselors took my needs and lifestyle into account when introducing me to potential pets. I remember her saying, "I think I know just the dog for you." They were so right! Red has changed my life and I'm so thankful to NHES for putting us together. I will forever be in their debt.

Aside from my personal experience, I know NHES to be a responsible and well-run nonprofit. They use the funds they raise with the care and respect their wonderful donors have come to expect. Their work to make this a more humane world is truly admirable. They save the lives of so many beautiful animals and are helping to educate future generations so that the world is a kinder place for all animals.

To all the staff - from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a young dog from this facility. From start to finish, we felt like our adoption counselor became part of the family. It took us to few dogs to find "the one" and she guided us every step of the way. They have such a wonderful facility that we knew each animal was being studied and vetted to make sure that they were placed with the right family. And each family was studied as well! Our children were even retaining the education our counselor was giving at each visit. Our adoption was smooth, our new dog healthy and happy, and he has been such a joy to our family. We were so impressed with the detailed paperwork that came with him upon his delivery from just-in-case "lost dog" signs, to medical records, medicines, food, a blanket, and even "new dog in house" signs to post on our front door. We are recommending this facility for any families looking to share some love in their life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an amazing experience! Megan and Megan were so helpful from beginning to end. They were very organized in setting up the presentation and flexible to meet our school's needs. The students loved learning about how to care for animals and were engaged the entire time (which is difficult with elementary students!) Megan even asked us what character education we wanted to target and changed the presentation based on the age group. We are incredibly thankful for their presentation and welcome them back anytime!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to the members of NHES for coming to our small town in Mims, Fl and educating our young people on the importance of animal care. There is no shortage of problems in this area, especially with pet abandoning and high kill percentages in our local shelter. I am so grateful for the wonderful and inspiring program that was presented to our students and for the instructional materials that were given to our staff to continue the lessons in kindness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Fred, from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in 2010. I received full information and ongoing support from the Briggs staff until Fred got comfortable in my home. I continue to volunteer at Briggs in their huge Cattery area. A very large number of cats live in the Cattery which has lots of entertaining toys and furniture for the cats to play and relax with. I believe a job requirement must be that the applicant love animals. All employees show affection and concern for the cats in their care, which is awesome to see. If a cat doesn't have an individual home, then Briggs is definitely a safe haven for the rest of their life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three days ago I adopted Eddie, a four year old terrier mix. I knew he was destined to be my dog when I saw his smiling face on an online animal website. I knew it even though he was in an adoption center four hours away from my home in Pittsburgh. What I didn't know at the time was Eddie's backstory. He had come to the center as a skinny stressed animal- a dog forced to live in confined areas with large unruly pitbulls. Apparently Eddie decided the best way to escape the daily attacks was to jump the fence. Instead of removing the offending pack of pitbulls, the owner placed the onus on Eddie. and decide he should be put down. I know this harrowing story because of the detailed history kept by the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, an organization that functions under the umbrella of The National Humane Educational Society in Charles Town,WV. Eddie thrived under the kind, watchful eyes of the people who work at BAAC. His wounds healed, he gained weight and his loving calm personality shone. I can't thank them enough for saving Eddie and taking a careful deliberate route to adopting him. He is perfection incarnate. I already love him and I feel certain he knows he is home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BRIGGS goes above and beyond caring for animals. Their thorough adoption process and ability to get to know the adopters and adoptees to make a great match has proven to be the Blessing we call Fiona. She was named Fanny in the shelter, but we now call her Fiona or Looney on most occasions. This redbone coonhound has been a loving addition to our pack. The staff at BRIGGS remain supportive and when we have visited for fundraisers or Alumni events, she is well received and lovingly remembered. She runs into the center like she owns the place. We had medical issues with Fiona after her adoption and Dr Kerfoot and the staff were very supportive and helpful in her needed care(she was orig surrendered to the shelter with foot injury) The staff and counsellors are all so knowledgable, patient and thorough. The facility is clean, well maintained and has a great outdoor area where we brought our pack of 5 other dogs to introduce to Ms Fiona. On a scale of 1-10 and 10 being the best, I'd say of all the shelters I have been to, I give them a 10+. Thank you BRIGGS for all you do and we will be back for more when we can. Philip and Theresa Shenk--Berryville , Va

Client Served

Rating: 5

Briggs Animal Adoption in Charlestown, West VA is the very BEST!!!! The staff is extremely friendly, dedicated, patient and works tirelessly to find the right pet for you. We have adopted 2 dogs from them, Dexter, a 95 lb. chow/shepherd mix in 2003 (who lived a beautiful, long and happy life till the ripe old age of 13) and Fenway, a 1 yr. old, 42 lb., border collie/hound mix who we adopted this past September 2016.
The staff at Briggs worked with our family and current dog Gatsby, (a 2 yr. old border collie mix) to find the perfect match for us all. Our family feels complete again after the loss of Dexter. . . the house is full of life and we all couldn't be happier. I can't tell people enough how happy these animals make me feel everyday. Adopting a pet is the best thing you can do and Briggs makes it all possible :)