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.
I attended a community program at Briggs (NHES) to help plant trees on their wonderful campus and also took the opportunity to visit the facilities and tour the animals, along with my family. Having visited other animal facilities in the past, I was so pleased to see how first-class the Center is. The cat room is great - wide open and airy, with cats able to freely interact with visitors and allow the visitors to really see 'what they are like', how affectionate are they, etc. There were also numerous 'toys' and climbing areas for the cats to play on. The kennel area is also really well laid out with easy viewing of each of the dogs, who have access to runs outside for fresh air and exercise. For our next family pet, we will definitely be back !
We adopted Mingo (nee 'Arnie') in July 2016. We had said goodbye to our beloved older cat earlier in the year, so we were worried about finding the right fit. Mingo has settled in wonderfully and is a doting (and extremely patient) 'little brother' to our toddler daughter. Briggs stressed the importance of finding the right pet, and we never felt pressured into making a hasty decision. Being able to take our daughter in several times to visit helped us find a pet that was right for our family. We loved our visits, and we would recommend this place to anyone looking to welcome a furry family member.
Our hope was to find a new dog and instead we found the love of our life! THanks to the great folks at Briggs we are taking walks and sharing our life with the loving little sheltie mix who has stolen our heart. BRiggs great people made the adoption process so easy. God bless them for the wonderful work they do.
My daughter went to the Cool to Care Camps twice, and really enjoyed herself there. While she was knowledgeable about general animal care, given that we own two cats, she always learned something new about animals and their care. She enjoyed being able to work with some of the animals at the center, and the ladies who do the camps were more than able to keep the attention of a group of preteens and early teens. Both years were very positive experiences for her.
I regularly donate to animal and environmental charities. When I got a letter (and a $2 check) from this charity, I came to charity navigator to check them out and found that they only have 2 stars. Also I found it suspicious that the president and vice-president have the same last name. To keep them from continuing to send me letters requesting a donation, I have decided to cash their $2 check and give it to my LOCAL animal shelter. That way, the money will still go to animals, but to a place that uses the money much more wisely, and I won't get any more donation requests from them.
Upon visiting this site, I was impressed at their treatment of animals. It is a very inviting environment and reminds me of orphanages I have visited. However, when I applied to adopt an animal, I was initially approved, but later received a phone call and was told that because I have a child with a disability (5 y/o), I was not approved for the puppy I sought to adopt. Their reason was not due to concern over care for the animal, but they somehow thought that a child with a hearing/speach problem would create a problem for the dog. Very odd. I choose not to recommend this location and not to donate there.