The Humane Society of McCormick County

Rating: 4.98 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 900 McCormick SC 29835 USA

Mission: The Humane Society of McCormick County is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization formed in September 2000. It was created to help McCormick County, South Carolina residents and animals because McCormick County has no animal control, no shelter, and no veterinarians. HSMC is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to placing animals in humane environments, and to promoting responsible pet ownership including spay and neuter.
Target demographics: animals
Geographic areas served: McCormick County, South Carolina
Programs: "No more Litters, Fix your Critters" - our free to low cost Spay/Neuter program. Since we do not have a clinic of our own, we fill up our van with cats and dogs from county residents and travel to a clinic in the next county. Sometimes we even do a second run. Having animals spayed/neutered is the only way we are going to get handle on the animal population. Our program is helping this entire county from the residents to the animals.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A wonderful place, run by great people that put the animals health and care above everything else. The people at The Humane Society of McCormick County go above and beyond to find good, loving safe homes for animals in need. Very clean and well run, not only going the extra mile for the animals, but also taking the time to get to know and educate the adopter. If you need your faith restored in the goodness of humanity, then visit The Human Society of McCormick County.

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It was around 7pm late September and my significant other and I were just about to turn down our street and head home, after a 4 mile run we squeezed in between rain storms. We noticed something on the side of the road about 200 yards past our street. Curiosity got the best of us and we went to investigate. We searched where we though we saw something and soon heard some whimpering. We found a small 6 week old pup hiding behind a tree, soaking wet. We scooped him up and hurried home, somehow along the way he got the name Taco. As luck would have it we are neighbors with with a volunteer at HSMC who provided us with food and sound advice that first night we had Taco (with plenty advice more to come). We took Taco to the vet at 8am the next day. About an hour after we got back from the vet our neighbor visited us again to check on Taco and let us know that the Humane Society was going to allow us to foster Taco, and they would provide food and cover his vaccinations. That lasted until Thanksgiving, when we signed the paperwork to bring Taco into our family. It was because of the selflessness of that volunteer, who stopped what they were doing to help us and this animal, that we started volunteering. As time progressed while we volunteered, it became apparent that all of the volunteers at this no kill shelter are as committed to the animals as the volunteer that helped us that cold wet September night.

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2 people found this review helpful

I adopted a shy dog about 6 months ago and it has been a wonderful experience. The HSMC was very helpful about how to handle a shy dog and they were very clear about his medical and physical needs. He is opening up to me and my wife and we are glad he is a member of our family. He is a great dog and I have the HSMC to thank.

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4 people found this review helpful

I volunteered to foster a dog over Christmas in 2006. I was given this small, thin, timid, but very sweet pitbull mix. She gained weight and gained confidence after the first month. I didn't realize how difficult it would be too find a home for a pitbull. She was so well behaved and so sweet and I knew she would make someone a great companion. They took her on many adoption events before she finally found her forever home. I feel very good that I helped this sweet dog become more adoptable because she was housebroken and healthy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing this skinny, scared, very sweet dog blossom into a healthy, lively, wonderful dog that was adopted by a nice family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They could offer a printed book explaining the foster program.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me realize how easy it is to make a difference, one foster animal at a time.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel grateful that so many people volunteer their time everyday to help the unwanted animals roaming the streets of McCormick County.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Charles, thank you for fostering Lady and for writing this review.

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This group has done so much over the years for the animals in McCormick.
Everyone works hard to protect the animals and get them a forever home.
They now have a new place to stay which keeps them warm and dry till they are adopted.

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3 people found this review helpful

I can't say enough great things about the McCormick County Humane Society. Everyone I've met has a passion for giving all animals good health and a good home. My neighbor and now friend, has been a volunteer with them for over 10 years. She devotes herself above and beyond what most people would ever consider doing in order to help ANY animal. Every Sat. she volunteers at the pet adoptions, 45 minutes away from her home. She fosters animals, she has paid out of her pocket for medical care for neighborhood animals, she helps friends/neighbors when they need assistance with their pets, she helps fund raise and she stays involved in community issues relating to pets. She is just ONE of their volunteers.

When I mentioned that I was ready for another dog, she immediately had one in mind that she thought would be a great fit for us both. BELLA was brought into the shelter after being found by another animal lover who wasn't able to take on a fourth dog. Bella had more energy than I knew how to handle. My friend/volunteer not only gave me suggestions, she gave me many toys, loaned a crate to me and frequently followed up on me. Most impressive was that she came over in the evenings to take Bella for a walk when I was working. This was far and above what I could have ever hoped for in a friend or volunteer. Again, she is just ONE of their volunteers. From her stories, all the volunteers sound just a dedicated as she it.

I've had Bella now for 2 1/2 months. She is the light of my life and makes me smile more than I can say. She goes to day care while I'm at work and we both come home exhausted. She's allowed on the sofa now and thinks she is in heaven. Thank you so much Judy for being a great person and thanks also to Lisa for making sure Bella wouldn't remain a stray by bringing her in.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more people involved. Once you learn the great impact that the HSMC has on the community, you just want to help. And working with the dogs and cats is the best part. They are worthy of our time and love.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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4 people found this review helpful

Many people love animals and want to help in some way. The great thing about this organization is that people can volunteer every day, once a week, or just during special events and we need both hands-on volunteers and behind the scenes help. I live an hour from McCormick but I can still help by taking pictures at adoption events, sharing adoptable animals on Facebook, and helping to find grant opportunities online. Of course, if I wanted to walk dogs or trap cats, I would be welcome and someday I might move back and help them this way too.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with the Humane Society of McCormick County for 9 years. I have participated in a variety of activities but the most enjoyable moments are when I am hands on with the dogs and cats. I like to help at our adoption events whenever I can. Adoption events are good for the animals because they get socialized, they get some training, and they get lots of attention. And, they might find a forever home! It is the best feeling in the whole world when you know a dog will get to sleep on someone's bed that night because you volunteered that day. And for me, I get to play with puppies, dogs, kittens and cats. I love animals but I can't take them all home with me. My husband says I get my "puppy fix" when I help at adoption events. For every person that helps, one more animal can be shown off and possibly find a home that day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many thank you's I hear when I go on adoption events. Past adopters bring their newest family member back so we can see how well they are doing. The happy families and the healthy dogs/cats are all the motivation I need to continue helping at these events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find a way to strengthen their volunteer base. The entire organization is made up of volunteers but the key 20 people do 85% of the work. Animal rescue is hard work and stressful and the more volunteers that can help, the easier the burden would be on the individuals.

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I would like to say how thankful I am for The Humane Society Of McCormick, South Carolina. Someone had came through my neighborhood and dropped of a beautiful young female dog. I took her in and kept her for several weeks trying to figure out how I was going to care for another dog. I have three myself and really couldn't afford it. My mother and I took Bella to the vet to have her checked for health issues as well as shots. She was in perfect health. I emailed the HS of McCormick and they quickly responded. They stepped up to the plate by taking Bella, having her spayed and gave her lots of love and attention, until they found her forever home. I was very impressed because the staff were so caring and they reassured me that she would do great. They have the cleanest facility that I've ever visited, along with excellent care, love and affection for the animals there. I know if I ever need help again, they will be the only shelter I'll call. Thank you HS of McCormick for everything you do!!! You have the best staff and volunteers I've ever met!!!

Lisa Stanley

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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2 people found this review helpful

I have several run ins with the human society of McCormick..My mother was struggling to take care of two dogs outside and 4 cats on the inside . They brought by food several times, they helped to get both the mother and daughter fixed , then at last when moma could no longer take care of them they took them and found great homes for them..

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4 people found this review helpful

On Saturdays, the Humane Society of McCormick County brings animals that are up for adoption to our local PetSmart. I have been multiple times to the adoption events and everyone from HMSC is very friendly and knowledgeable. They helped me find a cat that worked for me. Each Saturday that I went, they let me hold the cats they had brought and told me about their history and their personality. One Saturday I went, and they had just brought a cat, Leo, who was an owner surrender. I was able to meet him and I fell in love. The adoption process was smooth and we brought him home the next day! I am forever grateful for HMSC for recommending Leo to me!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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7 people found this review helpful

We are the proud new parents of Charlie! Charlie is a sweet loveable hound mix from the Humane Society of McCormick County that we fell in love with when we visited Petsmart. He captured our hearts immediately. All the people from the Mc Cormick group were so helpful and worked with us to be sure Charlie was going to a good home. His foster parents gave us alot of information about Charlie and all they had been doing with him...you could certainly tell they loved him and had taken such good care of him. The Humane Society of McCormick County does so much good with minimal resources. Their volunteers have hearts of gold and do eveything they can to save the lives of as many animals as possible and make sure they get forever homes! They took adoption pictures of Charlie that day and made it a "family picture"...me, my husband, Emma (our 8 year old dog) and Charlie! What a good memory to have of that day! Charlie has been with us a week now and is a wonderful addition to our family! Our many thanks go to everyone involved with the McCormick group!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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