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Canine Humane Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Canine Humane Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in Howard County, Maryland, established to improve the regional condition of animals and the quality of human-canine relationships through education and training. We are dedicated to saving the lives of homeless dogs and providing a safe-haven, humane care, and adoption programs for our rescued dogs. We are deeply invested in the lifelong happiness of the dogs and owners we serve. We strive to build a humane environment for animals and people by providing excellent resources and training including humane education and therapy dog programs. We believe in promoting humane education for widespread compassion and respect for all animals.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Tracy Gardner H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our first puppy from CHN (we've only ever adopted adults before) and the entire process was conducted effortlessly! Everyone was so kind and clearly cares so much for the animals. Would definitely work with them again.

Carolyn D.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteers go beyond to help dogs find foster homes and adoptive homes. Very caring place to volunteer and to adopt or foster from

Ashley F.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent! An organization of people who truly care and go the extra mile for the pups under their roof. Made sure we had all of the resources and support we needed for our rescue!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at this shelter are super heroes. I've never met a more caring and kind group of people. The health and happiness of the dogs in their care is top priority. The facility is always clean and welcoming.
When the dog that I eventually adopted arrived at CHN she had just had 7 puppies, she was skin and bones, had heart worms, parasites, and had pellets throughout her body. CHN cared for her through all her treatments. She is now healthy and happy and loved.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

CHN is a great organization! They care about the dogs they save and make sure that the dogs and their new families are a good fit. I love that they place the dogs with fosters while they look for the adopters. This reduces the stress on the dogs, and lets them really get to know the dogs so they can make that perfect match. I was thoroughly vetted and then they worked with me to find the dog that fit best into my life. Willa is Now part of the family. She loves hanging with the kids, hiking, camping, chilling on the couch and most of all, belly rubs.

1 Angela M.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me save the 2 best dogs in the world without CHN I wouldn’t have my Percy and my Mary god bless the work they do in saving the lives of wonderful dogs every day

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet coonhound mix pup from them about a year ago when he was about 4-5 months old. He was born and raised at the rescue because his mom ended up there while she was pregnant. I can’t say enough about how awesome they are. Because of the great start he had at CHN, he is now the most well adjusted dog we’ve ever met. We can touch any part of him (ears, tail, paws, mouth) with no issues and we know he was socialized to all kinds of people and pups while he was there, because he has great confidence in nearly any new situation. We firmly believe that CHN helped him to be the good boy he is today. We would absolutely adopt from them in the future and have recommended them to friends who were looking to adopt.

1 Stacy Bever E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my girl, Cricket, from CHN. She's the best dog ever! They're a great and responsible rescue group with a lot to offer.

1 Rachelle Frederick C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this rescue has been an excellent experience. The live that is given to these pups just amaze me. Thanks so much to all.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. They truly care about their pups. They give them so much love and take care of all their needs. Outstanding community!

1 Michele  G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a wonderful puppy from CHN. From our initial contact with them via email through today (7 months later) has been simply wonderful. They truly care about the animals they work with and that they fit well in their new home. I remember a follow up email about a week and then again a month after Knight was placed with us. We also have taken their puppy training class, which was also very good for the family, as well as our dog.

1 Laura T.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of extraordinary and dedicated people all working together for the sake of out four legged friends.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The amount of work that is accomplished by this devoted, smart and committed organization is beyond compare.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canine Humane Network really works with you to find the best match. They were the most responsive shelter that I have come across and I am grateful for their good work.

1 Gaby L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a foster mom for CHN and I can only say good thing about this amazing organization ! They are caring ,loving , reachable and very easy to communicate!
Great experience for me !

1 Jacqueline N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered, adopted, and volunteered with CHN. This rescue sincerely cares about every dog that comes in. They work very hard to ensure that each dog is going to the best matched home.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with, volunteered with, fostered and adopted from Canine Humane Network. It truly is a network of people working together to help a great cause. CHN is a team, and I don’t use that word lightly, of people working hard to rescue and place dogs in their forever homes. I have witnessed the hard work, dedication and support system that this group commits to every single hour, of every single day. There is no time off in rescue, but they work together, and have built a substantial team of people that truly care. Their hearts are in this, and it’s visible to anyone that has been through an experience with CHN as a volunteer, adopter, or foster. I live quite a distance but choose Canine Humane Network because of their compassionate way of being, and their true dedication and commitment to making an impact- a real difference, in the rescue community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Canine Humane Network has made it possible for us to adopt a pet in need of home. They were very helpful and accommodating with our needs. We did a week trial to make sure that the dog we were getting would be compatible with our other dog. Everything worked out well with the week trial and we finalized the adoption. The process was smooth and all the staff members are beyond amazing! We couldn’t be more happy with our Loki. I highly recommend Canine Humane Network to everyone who is looking for a great place to adopt a pet!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our pup Jinny from CHN 2 years ago. We truly could not imagine a better fit! Then CHN invited me to their adopted dog Facebook page and I loved seeing updates about other CHN dogs. Who could resist constant adorable dog pictures? But then I also saw requests for help and volunteering. I had considered volunteering with a shelter in the past and never ended up doing it. So I decided to sign up and I'm so glad I did. I started with a few small roles then eventually was asked to join the adoption team. I was an adoption counselor for about a year until I scaled back due to my (inconvenient) full time job. But I still find whatever ways I can to still volunteer! I have met the most wonderful, caring, dog crazy people through CHN. But most of all I found my fur baby, which I will forever be grateful for.

1 Jane L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is truly an amazing place. Meticulous care is provided to dogs from the worst of circumstances. Likeminded people volunteer their time to save dogs. Full medical care is provided before adoption. Support is given after adoption. Honest information is provided about the dogs, where other rescues seem to say anything to get people to adopt. Highly highly recommended.

4

Client Served

Rating: 1

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE TRUSTING THIS ORGANIZATION. This might be a one in a million experience but people deserve to know what this place has done. I got a dog from this horrible organization as a foster to adopt. Shortly after, I realized he was sick and took him to the vet. I took him to two separate appointments. I found out he had bladder stones and the vet recommended surgery. I was told I couldn’t make any decisions as a foster so the vet had to contact the shelter. I WOULD HAVE HAD THE SURGERY THAT DAY IF IT WAS UP TO ME. As soon as CHN found out they stopped communicating with me. THEY NEVER CALLED ME. EVER. The few times I ever spoke to them over the phone was when I called them. I got more info through the vet then I did them. I was constantly told they’d “call me back”. I Told them on Monday 9/9/19 I was bringing him back because to me I thought they’d finally get him the $1500 surgery he needed. And I really hope they do. This dog is my main concern. This has all happened within two weeks. The vet appointment was 9/3/19. I waited a couple days to hear from them and when no one contacted me I called the vet. The vet had cut all ties with CHN. No one at that vet could say anything good about CHN when I asked how they felt about them. The same day I found out they hadn’t made any plans for surgery I told them I was taking him back because I’d waited long enough and I didn’t want to waste anymore time. So I told them I’d bring him back. Last night I made plans to bring him back Sunday-keep in mind this was an incredibly hard decision to make. I couldn’t get him the surgery since I don’t own him and they weren’t making any plans or making any progress whatsoever. I thought if I brought him back they’d finally take care of him. Today (9/13/19) I got a phone call from THE POLICE they reported me for 1. Having a sick dog and refusing to get treatment (took him to the vet 2x in one week) 2. Refusing to pay for him (he’s a foster to adopt which means there’s a trial period. DURING THE TRIAL PERIOD WE DISCOVERED HE WAS SICK!) 3. Refusing all communications with the shelter. THEY wouldn’t answer MY calls. 4. Threatening to shoot the dog in the head over taking him to get treatment. Seriously. They said that. I swear on my life I’ve never and will never say that and absolutely would never ever do that. It takes some sick minds to come up with and accuse a 19 year old girl of that. This organization is a mess. I do not trust them to get this dog surgery and they won’t let pay for it. Im writing this review in the hopes someone sees it and it puts a little pressure on them. I want this dog to get better and I really hope they do too. Please get him treatment. They contacted me constantly throughout the trial period about how everything was working out and when did I want to officially adopt them. Most importantly when I’d pay $350 for an unhealthy dog. However the second I discovered he was sick and needed surgery there was radio silence on their end. I have not gotten a phone call, text, or email since 9/4/19. Since then I have made all communication efforts even though I was promised “they’d call me back”. This is important. You’re a dog shelter, take care of your animals and be decent human beings. It scares me that the second someone is concerned about one of their dogs their response is to file a police report. I do not trust these people and I think their “charity” is a scam.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CHN is a great organization! The volunteer team works so hard to rescue as many dogs as they can and share knowledge of proper dog care with their community. As a volunteer, I love being part of such a wonderful group of people.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this organization the end of February 2018, when the dog center came to our village. I have walked dogs, cleaned, played, participated in a community cleanup day at the site, and fostered then adopted a dog from this organization, and engaged in my new dog’s training classes on the lower level. I have seen many, many dogs rescued, trained and adopted in the last six months. It is very gratifying to see a dog that is fearful and has been mistreated become relaxed and trusting on our walks around the property and in the house environment. Everyone I have worked with has been well trained and committed to commendable service. We hear back from happy adopters all the time on Facebook with fresh updates on their dog’s progress. Hooray for CHN of Highland!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization and Team of people doing GOOD!

I am an avid volunteer, as well as current foster at CHN. I joined this incredible organization and Team of devoted individuals in support of their mission in June of this year. I had been wanting to volunteer and foster for some time. The rescue is close by, and I can tell you, this is an unbelievably devoted bunch of dog lovers (staff, volunteers, etc.) that go above & beyond -- day in and day out!

I've enjoyed every minute of helping - both at the Shelter, and with the pups I've fostered & continue to foster along as they transition to FURever homes. There is nothing more rewarding then spending your time at CHN and knowing that you are helping to save lives and to help a helpless animal to learn that not all humans are bad in this world.

I would encourage & challenge everyone in the area with some spare time and TLC to share, to contact CHN to see how you can help. No task is too small. Volunteer, Foster, Transport, ADOPT! etc. I assure you, you WILL NOT regret it. It will pay soulful dividends. (Racheal F.)

4 Denise Mihalik L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a regular weekly volunteer for this wonderful organization since March 2018. I recently fostered a dog and adopted our foster dog with CHN. I absolutely love all the amazing volunteers!! I have seen first hand what their dedication, passion and love do for all the dogs they save. It’s just one of the many reasons I keep coming weekly to volunteer! I am honored to be a part of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Canine Humane Network, we are almost all volunteers that work to save the lives of unwanted and injured dogs to get them homes where they will be loved and cared for. We have many dogs in foster care but also have a shelter with dogs that need placed. Every time a dog gets a new home it is a wonderful feeling. We also offer training classes for your dog and pups. Check out our site for more info on classes: http://caninehumane.org/training/training-resources/