Mission: The mission of the humane society of richmond county inc. Is to provide a safe haven for animals in need and to be the nucleus of richmond county's animal care and control program. To that end: the society will provide care at the shelter for humane treatment of impounded, stray, abandoned, seized or unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals; the society will make healthy animals available for adoption; the society will provide public education on animal welfare and related issues; the society will reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born yearly and reduce euthanasias of unwanted animals. The humane society of richmond county inc. Is associated with the humane society of the united states and shares its goals.
Programs: Animal rescue & shelter: animal care, rescue and adoption services to over 4000 dogs and cats as well as 30 to 40 other domestic/wild animals. Primary public animal care facility for richmond county and all incorporated municipalities in richmond county. Work in concert with richmond county health department animal control. Direct person to person services with 6,500 households in immediate area. Offered shelter education tours to 24 public and private school groups, scouting groups and adult education groups.
animal-related programs, general/other: outreach and education program operated in concert with kind news program in 177 public and private school classrooms. Education coordinator and bite prevention dog offer bite prevention seminars at local schools, day cares and senior centers. Outreach coordinator enrolls eligible richmond county citizens in low income public assistance spay neuter program. Outreach coordinator also visits local assisted living facilities with therapy canine. Direct expenses: $483 outreach coordinator mileage and $1200 wages for coordinator
spaying & neutering programs: facilitate a north carolina state funded spay/neuter program for low income public assistance recipients residing in richmond county. Supplemented state reimbursement with sales of spay neuter vouchers to richmond county residents as well as other county/state residents in the amounts of $32 to $82. Covers the cost of surgery, 1 yr rabies vaccine, transportation to and from clinic in vass, nc
I have been a volunteer here when they were short staffed, I have donated food when they were low, and I have needed services from them so I have seen every angle. I have to say there are one or two great people there, I wish I could remember the lady's name, however, the rest of the staff is down right RUDE. Not only from my experience have I seen animals not fully cared for and staff with awful attitudes but many people who have tried to save an animal by adopting have been disappointed in how little the staff seemed interested in trying to help them. I feel so bad for the animals that have to live in this. I would only recommend this place in hopes that someone would get these animals out.
This shelter has become a safe haven for animals needing a second chance at life. Rather than utilizing euthanasia, the shelter works hand in hand with rescue groups, holds multiple adoption events on a weekly basis, and does a Trap-Spay/Neuter-Release program for feral cats. Volunteers are always welcomed, and the shelter also participates in a mentor program for high school students, giving them a wonderful opportunity for hands on education and true glimpse into the life of a shelter animal and the environment in which it lives. It is staffed by only a handful of employees who treat the animals with lots of TLC and devote much time to working one on one with those animals who are scared, sick, or just need some extra attention.
This shelter has grown from a shelter that exists to control the animal population to one that addresses volunteer opportunities, educational opportunities for youth and the community and a shelter that first addresses animal management with rescue and adoption as opposed to population control mainly with euthasia. It is a compassionate, well managed and a professionally run animal shelter. It has begun to grow Trap, Neuter, and Release programs and to assist and encourage the community to spay and neuter to control the population to lessen the need to house and feed unowned animals. It has become more rounded and more open to community outreach and attempts to interact with the community.