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Humane Society Of Marion County Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To prevent cruelty, suffering and overpopulation of animals.

Target demographics: Homeless cats and dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 2,700 animals

Geographic areas served: Marion County Florida

Programs: Animal shelter - house and make available for adoption abandoned and donated animals, primarily dogs and cats.

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 John M.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with several animal relief organizations over the past 10 years. My appreciation and expectation of the HSMC has exceeded any other group I have been associated with. Every person- The Director, the Vet Techs and all the office and kennel staff show incredible compassion and dedication to the comfort and care of the animals. I am proud to be associated with the HSMC and gain great satisfaction in the small part I contribute .

Kathy M.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been adopting dogs from HSMC for several years. I have 10 small dogs & 5 of them are from HSMC (Ruby aka Roo; Arnie; Frank aka Frankly; Lizzy aka Ziggy, Poppi aka Alien). There were several others who have passed on from old age. I almost always favor the senior dogs that no one really wants. I think the staff does its best to find good, permanent homes for the dogs & cats they care for.

Katie J.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The hsmc is amazing! The staff are so dedicated to making the animals feel loved. The volunteers go above and beyond and the whole place carries a positive vibe.

Remember477

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, a foster & adopter (3 kitties so far) for over a year. HSMC is one of the nicest shelter facilities I have been to. All the critters are well taken care of & loved by MANY! I can't say enough about the staff & volunteers!

flowergirlrosey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at the Humane Society for about a year now. I only do it in my spare time so I can't say much but I do know they care a lot about their animals. I've adopted many animals from there in the past and they are quick to help you. After adopting they recommend you to near vets and even set you up with a free first check up! They also give you a free micro-chip. Overall, great shelter filled with great and caring people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this shelter for over six years. They really care! They go above and beyond, coming in late at night and early in the morning, driving hours to pick up animals that need them, climbing under cars and through bushes to rescue critters. When a little one can't be saved, they weep together, then take a deep breath and move forward. I am proud and honored to be part of this group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this place! The staff is wonderful, they are very dedicated people who work hard to make sure that the animals are well cared for and that the facility is clean & organized. I am so happy to be one of their volunteers!

Client Served

Rating: 1

My friend had wanted a puppy so we went to petsmart ,found a lab/mix puppy and fell in love with that puppy at that very moment.. We did all the paper work and was told we had to wait for home check and a meet and greet. We didn't really want to wait for all that but we did and I went the next day for the meet and greet and we were waiting quite awhile for the meet and greet and as people came in and out my dog not the puppywas getting nervous and excited and started barking so I was making him not to bark and guess what we were told we abuse our dog and we cannot adopt the dog we wanted and we were fuming from that moment and they said I will look at the camera and show you how you abuse your dog.. my dog as I did not hit him just put a folder in front of his face but these people were like 5 people to make us feel like crap...we went through the meet and greet and was told to wait for a call which never came so went again and said we cannot have the dog i paid money and said I would receive it 3 weeks we'll been longer than that... This dog was probably being saved for themselves as it sure was not a mix they said, well I went to get a purebred from Gainesville the next week and was never asked any questions and I took the dog home that minute.. and she's thriving the best dog ever... Just will never go to humane society as they make you feel like crap..my animals are the best kept animals ever... I've rescued many cats and dogs and they always lived long lives.. But we feel bad for that dog we wanted to adopt we really loved her and hope she found a good home...

4 Belinda B.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to work for HSMC for the last 10 years. I just retired and I want to say that this shelter is one of the finest I have had the pleasure to work for in 19 years as a Vet Tech. This little shelter goes above and beyond for animals in its' care. The staff and volunteers are the heart of the whole shelter, they are the eyes and ears for the very busy medical staff. This little shelter is a place of innovative programs, like the Bark bus and Meow too or the Dog-Gone Reading Program, and teaching Humane Education. It's a place of hope, healing, and a whole lot of love. Our dogs and cats will remain in our hearts for years after they are adopted. Sometimes, when they come back yo visit the lobby will fill employees wanting to see how they little fur-ball is doing. If you get a chance stop by an visit.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best run, cleanest, kindest place!! The animals brought here are very lucky.

3 Kelley F.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was perfectly matched with wonderful dog from there 13 years ago. I went in looking for a dog around two years of age I did not want a puppy, and other than that no real criteria. I met with several dogs without really feeling that connection. After almost giving up a volunteer recommended that I meet one last dog. She was a little younger than I was looking for but they felt she would be a great match and they were right. For the last 13 years I've been so grateful for the patience and attentiveness of that volunteer.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been looking for months in various counties for a German Shepherd to become a companion / sibling for my Sheka (at the time, 3yr old German Shepherd). When I came across the Humane Society of Marion website and saw a picture of a female German Shepherd named Chloe. Our first meeting, I looked into those big brown eyes I knew she was mine. We were told she had been returned several times & suffered from separation anxiety. Regardless, I knew she would never feel lonely or unwanted in her new family. Khloe (as we spell her name now) has been a part of our family now for almost 3 years and this will always be her forever home. We love both of our fur-babies. Thank you Humane Society of Marion!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the shelter. I have never met a more caring and compassionate group of people. They absolutely have the best interests of these future pets in mind. I see firsthand the daunting coordination and organization it takes to schedule, staff, learn and meet the needs of these many animals - and all is done with great love and care. You can tell the animals adore them right back! The volunteer training was thorough and there’s support anytime. I also adopted my Louie from here and after a long time there, my vet says he’s in really great shape. Even though I was a volunteer, I still had to complete the comprehensive adoption process that makes sure each animal is going to a home where they will be well-cared for and safe...forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 2

Me and another family member wanted to volunteer here so we attended the class ,bought the t-shirt (that is mandatory to buy ), bought the special dog leash (that is mandatory for each volunteer to purchase) , but when we showed up for our 1st day nobody wanted to show us what to do. We were made to feel like we were a nuisance rather then a welcomed extra set of hands. We never returned.

Comments ( 1 )

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Humanemarion 05/03/2019

Hi there. I am sorry you had this experience that is definitely not how we wanted you to feel. The shirt is required to distinguish you from the public and the leash is only a recommendation because it will handle all of the dogs. There are other opportunities at the shelter other than walking dogs that don't require that leash. Please call Kirstin at 352-873-7387 ext 204. She is the volunteer coordinator and will be able to help you further with this. We would love to have you back and hope that you would give us another shot.

4 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSMC is very dedicated to helping animals. The facility is always clean and I enjoy volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Marion County is dedicated to providing assistance to pets in need of their forever home, medical and emotional support.

1 Christopher C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Staff is VERY caring for the animals especially the hospital portion.They all go out of their way to help the animals and get them adopted to good homes.Very deserving organization
for any help they can get to help more animals. We support this organization every chance we can.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a snowbird--I volunteer for 6 months from October until April. I also volunteer at a no kill shelter in my home state where I foster bottle baby kittens.

At Marion County I help feed, clean areas where cats live and socialize cats one day a week . Every Saturday I assist staff at adoption event at Pet Smart. I walk dogs at event, talk to customers about the animals, educate them about the humane society and enjoy myself.

Staff at the shelter and the event are very knowledgeable about the animals. They all go above and beyond to assure animals are well cared for . It is a pleasure to assist the staff and animals.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been active in several animal shelters in the northeast For many years. I began volunteering at hsmc last year when I moved to Florida. Hsmc is a very special organization because the staff and volunteers take such great care of all of the animals. The marketing, social media, and educational programs are exceptional. Hsmc has the most dedicated volunteers I have ever seen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring and compassionate staff and volunteers, excellent facility, and of course great animals! This place is amazing

2 Babette P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived in various citys across the US and volunteered at Human Societies. All are great services. But Marion County is one of the most dedicated facilities I have every seen. Rather it is caring for the animals to social media to getting visibility for adoption to special events, they are on it. But the best is the absolute love, care and hard work they give to each animal, especially the ones that come in sick or terribly abused. From the volunteers to top mangement these people are incredible in their every day dedication and care.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering when we moved here 3 months ago. Bob was my training class instructor. He gave us great information about our roles as volunteers and showed us the proper way to interact with the dogs and walk them.
I love walking the dogs and bonding with them.
The greatest satisfaction is when I return I see that some of the dogs I walked have been adopted.
This is a fabulous organization that is doing a tremendous job of caring for the animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This dog adoption here in Ocala, Florida (Marion County
Florida Humane Society)has been the absolute one of the worst experiences that I have ever had to endure, all due to one Seemingly nice and sweet and very vindictive and very Prejudice senile old lady named Hannah. And when I say Prejudice, I don't necessarily mean just for their creed or for the color of a persons skin, I mean for also for the color and size of your wallet. If you don't have enough money to do what she says to do with the dog and how to take care it and train it, she will do everything in her power to deny you a dog that she herself decides that you can't afford to take care of not even knowing your families' financial situation. That's what happen to us. She's a volunteer at the center, (That has power and obviously alot of Influence, Probably because of the amount of her and her husband's donations over the years), whom does the home visits before a dog can be adopted. She even came to our home.
We had everything done and then she walks in and goes into a office with the Admin and then they say we can't have the full blood german Sheppard. She said that since we don't want to pay for expensive professional training classes, that we can't have the good dog that we had visited for the last 2-3 days and the whole family had met and somewhat bonded with. She judged us and Discriminated against us on Social Status. Please if you want to adopt an animal at this shelter, please be sure that an old vindictive, Prejudice and judgemental white haired old lady by the name of Hannah does not get on your case for you to be evaluated by her. If you do get her, you better tell her you've got alot of money in the bank and that you will spare no expenses in order to take care of the dog you Choose. BEWARE OF HANNAH!!!
Furthermore, On a more positive note... The staff, other the Hannah, was very helpful very polite very respectful They have an Very Outstanding staff!!! other than Hannah!!!
BEWARE OF HANNAH!!!

3 Diane Stevens S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We stopped in to see if they had any small dogs. Then, we met Jinxie now named Genzi. She was a very timid little girl and unsteady on her feet. But we fell in love with her. Genzi is a beagle mix and so very sweet. She is slowly coming out of her shell. She loves to be out side. The staff at the Humane Society of Marion County were excellent. They all took a personal interest to talk about Genzi and when we made the decision to bring her home, we were able to fill out all of the paperwork and take her home the same day. Can't say enough good things about the staff. They were wonderful!!! Thank you!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I freely roamed the kennels and found Klondike with his brother Magnum. A staff member took him into a visiting room and within 5 minutes we fell in love. We returned to the lobby and filled out the necessary papers for his adoption. They provided us with all the information we wanted and were told a home inspection would be scheduled. The next day an inspector came and we answered all his questions and he sign off on the papers and said you can pick him up when we were ready. We were ready then and went and completed the paperwork, paid the adoption fees and took him home at which point we changed his name to Dexter. Took him to the dog park and fit right in at only 8 weeks old. We can see a long and happy relationship and thank all the staff at HSMC.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations I’ve ever volunteered for. Amazing staff who have a very difficult and tireless job keeping hundreds of dogs and cats happy and healthy. There are many opportunities in which to help from walking the dogs, spending time with the cats or helping at the many adoption events held almost every weekend. Unfortunately we have far to many pets who have been abused, abandoned or left for dead in this part of the country and most are not held accountable for their actions. The county needs to do more to educate the public as well as prosecute the violators so we can stop the non-stop cycle of euthanasia (we are a no kill shelter) abuse and abandonment. At the same time we are very lucky to have a very generous community of residents and businesses that donate their time, money and items that go towards keeping these wonderful animals alive.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are privileged to have had two senior Hospice dogs to care for. We loved both, especially the last boxer, who was with us 20 months. The staff at HSMC was very supportive and helpful towards us and the doggies. We thank them for this very rewarding experience and look forward to doing it again. Mary Liz & Ralph Ranieri

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSMC makes volunteering an amazing experience that fits everyone's lifestyle. The staff demonstrate compassion for the dogs & cats waiting for a forever home. Despite what must be a busy workload, the animals receive extra hugs and attention whenever possible from the staff. Volunteering is so easy. There are no restrictions on days of the week or hours of the day to volunteer- you just show up. As a volunteer you can choose how you would like to spend your time- from walking & training dogs to providing a bath to helping to keep the facility clean & neat for our animals & guests. There's a "job" for everyone. I always leave my day there feeling good for having made a difference with such a great team.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started volunteering at this caring organization. Gotta admit I really didn’t have much hope of seeing any goodness here, after the behavior and treatment of several other ‘rescues’. I was wonderfully surprised and taken aback with the love and affection these animals that are ‘sent to doggy prison’ through no fault of their own, receive. The staff is amazing! Nicole works with the dogs and knows their personalities.. she ROCKs! I’m excited about getting to volunteer for this organization!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at HSMC I haven't been able to spend as much time as I planned, I am also involved with Florida Boxer Rescue, we deal with many surrendered, neglected and abused dogs, rehabilitating them in foster homes and placing with their new, forever homes. This, in essence, is exactly what HSMC does. Animals are surrendered to the shelter where they are evaluated by the veterinarian, provided necessary treatment, medication as well as spayed and neutered. The staff is incredible with the dogs, it is evidenced by the bond staff and dogs have while at the shelter. The volunteers know each dog, provide affection, walks, play and kindness - again, the dogs bond to staff and volunteers until they find their new home. Although it is stressful for an animal to adjust to kennel/shelter life, HSMC strives to make their stay as trauma free and routines as possible. The shelter is a safe landing place, and a sense of security some of these dogs have never had. Next week I am planning to be at the shelter at least for a couple days, to walk dogs. Their walks are a highlight in their day, they all watch us coming down the kennel rows with enthusiasm and happiness. I am honored to be able to be a small part of the endless job HSMC does. These people do so much for unwanted animals.