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Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia is to shelter lost, homeless and abandoned animals, and to provide for their medical needs, including spaying and neutering. Our ultimate goal is to find loving homes for all of them.

Results: In the past year we have found loving furever homes for more than 700 of the Golden Isles' homeless pets. We have provided spay/neuter, rabies, and microchip services to even more than that. HSSCG continues to follow its mission with the support of the local community.

Target demographics: All served

Direct beneficiaries per year: homeless pets of the golden isles communities, youth organizations within the community

Geographic areas served: Golden Isles including Glynn County, McIntosh County, Camden County, Wayne County and surrounding areas.

Programs: Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Education Retail Shop Animal Adoptions

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an HSSCG volunteer for almost 5 years. I love spending time exercising and socializing the dogs - and allowing them to feel like "normal" dogs in doing so. I especially love working with the scared, abandoned dogs and helping them trust humans again. Doing so just warms my heart. The staff and volunteers here are the most dedicated you'll find anywhere. Their devotion to these wonderful animals is endless and awe-inspiring. They all work tirelessly at the shelter and within the community to improve the lives and futures of these oft-forgotten animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Many people don't want to visit an animal shelter as it either makes them sad or it smells really bad. When you first walk into the lobby area you know that this shelter is a wonderful place. The staff is friendly, the volunteers are actively working with the animals, and the animals are well loved and taken care of. I adopted a little chi mix last year and she is the love of my life. The organization is out in the community thorugh off site adoption events and fundraisers. Sherrie's Food Bank provides food for community members who are having financial difficulty feeding their animals and don't want to surrender them. Kudos to HSSCG. I was so impressed with the operations of the organization I am now a part time employee.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure to work for this organization for many years. The volunteers and staff are such a joy to be around. They work incredibly hard to find the homeless dogs and cats a great, furever home AND they do it with care and professionalism. I highly recommend adopting or just stopping by to visit!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've worked with the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia for the past couple of years and have seen first hand what a wonderful humane society it is. Everyone from the staff to the volunteers work hard to help bring homeless animals into the facility, provide them with excellent medical care, and find them wonderful new homes. They also work hard to educate the community on animal welfare and the importance of spay and neuter to help reduce the number of unwanted, homeless animals.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This orgnazition has the MOST dedicated staff and volunteers. Each animal is treated personally with respect and love. Long after an animal is adopted the staff and volunteers continue to care about them and want to know how they are adjusting. I make all the follow up calls after adoption and it is a constant JOY to hear the kind stories how our animals have made such a change in many lives. This is the most rewarding job I have ever done. Judy Jones

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To say that SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY HAPPENS when you visit our shelter is a huge understatement. The dedication of the staff and volunteers is MOST amazing with tears of joy when an animal goes home with their new family to tears of sadness when we see newly abandoned and frightened animals come in. Our volunteers socialize these animals and we see them transformed to pets ready for adoption. The staff and the volunteers have a "whatever it takes" attitude that is catching. There is a true spirit here! A day at the shelter for me could be helping at the front desk, doing data input, teaching a school group proper animal care, holding a pup coming out of surgery, collecting food donations or really anything that comes up. There is never a dull moment. I have the privilege of making all the follow up calls after an animal has been adopted. This is a truly touching experience. I hear stories how a new pet has enriched family lives. One family had a troubled child that bonded with the new dog and treated him with the utmost love and care. Another was a woman who took her newly adopted dog to visit her mother in a nursing home. The mother had not spoken in a very long time; that is not until the woman put the new dog in her mom's arms and she began to speak again. Doesn't get much better than that. I hear of the "new family member" going to the beach, out fishing, and a lot of lap sleeping. At times it is like asking a Grandmother about her grandkids. The stories go on and on......... Judy Jones

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing facility with a dedicated, animal loving staff. It is my happy place. A great place to volunteer.

Marie60

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this branch of the Humane society. The animals are well taken care of and are showered with love and care.

Christina93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a well run volunteer program. It is a flexible program, but also so well organized. I work with cats and I cannot tell you how rewarding it has been for me to spend time helping to socialize cats that need a little concentrated care. The Humane Society will tell me which cats they think could use some special time and interest and I work usually with one cat at a time, trying to get to know the cat and suss out his particular likes and needs. When the cat is eventually adopted, I feel on top of the world. I miss the kitty, but feel so good thinking about him/her in the new home.

I know that some people, like me, fear that it will be heart breaking to work with homeless animals. But, I can tell you that this Humane Society is a positive, cheerful place. They find homes for so many animals and just being around the shelter and the staff is a great experience. As a volunteer you feel that you are part of a team trying to do the best for this animal and find him/her the best home.

I would recommend volunteering to anybody. It's great for you and your spirit and great for the animal.

Dr. Christina Johns

1 Donna185

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no intentions of adopting a furry friend but after meeting Charlie, we instantly fell in love. The staff gave us all the time we needed to bond and ensure Charlie was right for us. We hadn't had a pet in over 12 years so their knowledge and expertise prepared us for the transition in our home. The center is clean, the staff is very nice, and they get to know their furry friends to assist patrons with good decisions. I am a fan of HSSCG!

1 Susan259

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was promised an adoption, turns out 2 volunteers promised at same time. Poor attitude of volunteer and miscommunication, volunteer adopted to other party across the country. Adoptive pet is now put through additional stress by being adopted to another much farther away. Now the pet will undergo travel stress unnecessarily. Volunteers not thinking about the pet, just thinking of the publicity in sending the pet across the country! I give poor review and do not recommend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for over two years and I have thoroughly enjoyed working at this great facility with a great staff and group of volunteers. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and they all work so hard to make sure the animals get the best of care.

About a year ago as I was coming to work, a little dog came out of the area where he was awaiting heartworm treatment and greeted me. Even though I already had two dogs, I could not resist this one! He is now part of our family and is sitting here by me (along with the other two dogs) in the computer room as I am typing this. I would urge anyone who is thinking of getting a dog or cat to please consider adoption from HSSCG!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I wrote a review last year, I can't stop bragging about this fantastic organization. Day in and day out they continue to provide a loving environment for stray and surrendered animals that would otherwise end up wandering the streets or being neglected. The limited staff goes above and beyond their "job description" to make sure the animals have a clean and pleasant environment, are exercised each day, are provided excellent health care and are given plenty of loving, individual attention. HSSCG also has a wonderful pool of volunteers that are involved in everything from socializing animals, landscaping, health care, and general upkeep of the facility. I have volunteered at HSSCG for two and a half years and have recently become a Board member. I couldn't be prouder to be affiliated with an organization that is having such a positive impact in our county and southeast Georgia by finding loving homes for animals in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia is an extraordinary non-profit organization that is dedicated to giving abandoned and stray animals the love and care they deserve. As a volunteer, I see first-hand the commitment of the wonderful staff, Board members, and hard-working volunteers that want to make a difference in the lives of these cats and dogs. Many staff member and volunteers go above and beyond what’s asked of them by “fostering” animals that may need extra attention or medical treatment until they can be put up for adoption. Each and every animal from the cutest, cuddly ones to the scruffy ones are treated with compassion and loving care. Everyone works hard to make sure the animals are healthy and have a safe, comfortable place to live until they go to their forever home with a new family. The community and our animals are blessed to have such a wonderful organization in Glynn County, Georgia.

Mark61

Board Member

Rating: 5

From top to bottom, this is by far one of the best run non-profits with which I've ever had the pleasure of working. The staff and volunteers are top-notch, as is the Executive Director, who runs a very efficient operation and is one of the best fundraiser's I've ever known.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HSSCG is one of the best run non-profit organizations with which I've ever had the pleasure of being associated. The Board members, the Executive Director, and all of the staff and volunteers are some of the most-dedicated, hard-working, animal-loving individuals I've ever known! It is an honor and privilege to serve with all of them.

kona31525

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW! What an AMAZING Organization. The staff goes ABOVE AND BEYOND to make sure the Animals are all kept in a clean and happy environment. I recommend this place to rescue a dog or cat to everyone. There are so many great things about it. The Staff, Cleanliness and the whole staff's love for animals. They really care about each and every animal there. I thank them every time I go there for the great work they do and for their love and dedication to the animals. We have adopted 3 animals from here and are always sending people there to adopt and new "furrever" friend.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at the Humane Society of Coastal Georgia. The dogs are walked often due to the many volunteers that work there. The medical clinic makes sure that the animals' medical needs are served. I also adopted a dog from the shelter one year ago. She is the love of my life and very healthy and happy. There are so many wonderful dogs and cats there to adopt. Kathy Pennington

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two dogs from the Coastal Georgia Humane Society. One I got as a puppy and one was a year and half when I adopted them. They are great dogs and a joy to my life. We go to the beach every day.
The CGHS is a wonderful facility filled with get employees and volunteers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new Board Member and have been so impressed with this wonderful organization...the facility, the Staff and the Volunteers. The animals are so well cared for and everyone has there best interest at heart... i have been to many shelters and this is the best one by far that I have visited...we are so lucky in Glynn County to have such an outstanding facility. I am very proud to be a Board Member of this organization and hope that I , too, can do a job as worthy as the Staff and Volunteers. LIz Shaw

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, I so appreciate organizations and individuals who have compassion for animals and back that up with action. I've had the tour of the HSSCC and the facility is first rate but more importantly the staff from top to bottom, the board and the valued volunteers are real animal lovers. That's where the rubber meets the road. Man didn't create animals. They are God's creation and should be cared for
in a way befitting of what God has made. At HSSCC, they have a first rate place to live while waiting to be adopted and are surrounded and cared for with much love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog (male Great Dane) from the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Inc. and was overwhelmed with the process that they employ. The employees and volunteers were wonderful and extremely helpful. The dog that I adopted had been previously adopted and returned more than once from what I was told. The dogs issues were-

1. The dog didn't get along with other dogs in the household and
2. In one case the dog was adopted one day then left alone the next day. He apparently was stressed and destroyed some furniture thus he was returned

As you can see I was briefed fully on the issues regarding this dog. I happened to have my female Great Dane with me the day I saw this male Great Dane that was up for adoption. The employees and volunteers at the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Inc. arranged for a safe introduction of the two dogs. They didn't kill each other and the employees and volunteers were very surprised even ecstatic because of his past problem with other dogs. I assured the employees and volunteers that the stress and furniture destruction issue wasn't a problem for me since I am retired and would be home the majority of the time.

Consequently I adopted the male Great Dane (Diesel) and he and my female Great Dane (Ally) are best buddies. I was thoroughly impressed with the caring attitude of the employees and volunteers and their extraordinary efforts to assure a compatible adoption. Diesel, Ally and I visit everyone at the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Inc. every once in awhile to let them see how their former resident is getting along and for him to visit with his people friends that work at the Society. He loves them very much and is always so happy to see them. They really took great care of him while he was in residence there.

The people are what make any organization and the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia, Inc. has the best- most caring, compassionate, concerned and hard working people. They love the animals and really enjoy their work. They even love the clients or potential clients. They are an amazing group!

Furthermore, I've had both my dogs to excellent training sponsored by the Society. I also visit their pet store for various items I want for my dogs, e.g.: collars, leashes, toys, etc. They really have an excellent all around facility to go along with the superb people that work there.

Paul Schaffer
Brunswick, GA

Lisa268

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donors for several years. We continue to be impressed by the staff and facilities! Their compassion and dedication are beyond compare!