We adopted our beloved Kip from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town, WV, on June 11, 2021. Kip is a seven-month-old Chihuahua-Schipperke mix who came to Briggs from Mississippi. We are so pleased that Kip received such excellent and loving care during his stay at Briggs. Our search for a dog was facilitated by all the professional and caring Briggs staff members, notably Samantha Mills. We could not have been more happy with the entire process from day one to the day Kip came to live with us. We are forever indebted to Briggs for the level of their commitment to the animals.
I went to Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charlestown to adopt my sweet puppy! I had such an amazing experience with them, as they were very forthcoming with what to expect during the process of adopting. They make sure to choose the best fit for the animal which I was a huge fan of! It shows that they really care about their animals. My dog was up to date on all shots, spayed and microchipped before adoption! They also sent my puppy home with a few days worth of food to allow for her to adjust to her new food appropriately, as well as two months worth of anti flea/tick treatments. They were very informative on adoption day which made me feel comfortable about bringing home my new puppy! Complete with tips sheets to assist with training! I would easily recommend this organization to anyone looking to adopt a new fur baby!
We adopted our sweet dog Percy (previously named Zeke) from the Briggs shelter at the end of July in 2020. We read in advance that the staff at Briggs was very thorough with their adoption process, which we liked. We did not want to adopt just any dog, but one who would fit perfectly with our family of five.
After our first visit to the shelter on a busy Saturday morning, we knew that we had come to the right place. One of the staff members informed us, when we submitted our application, that they operated on the concept of "best placement for the animal," not "first come, first served." We visited with our puppy for a brief time, then decided to complete all of the necessary visits in order to adopt him. We were treated so professionally but warmly, and it was evident that the puppy was well cared for and loved while he stayed at the shelter.
Now, we have had Percy in our family for about three months, and we are so thankful. We tell everyone about Briggs, and we will make donations during the Christmas season. While the process is not quick or necessarily "easy," it is designed about what is good and healthy for the animals, which is what matters most.
We recently adopted a dog from the National Humane Education Society (through their local branch, the Briggs Animal Adoption Center). We were so impressed by their no-kill policy, their willingness to work with dogs who came from difficult circumstances, and even that they kept a dog behavioral expert on staff. They clearly cared about finding appropriate homes for their animals, as opposed to just placing them anywhere. They were up front about the needs of our little dog, and encouraged us to come several times to get to know him before taking him away. We appreciated how much they cared about the well-being of their animals.
We adopted 2 wonderful dogs from Briggs in Sep 2020. I was impressed with the staff and how caring they are. They really wanted to make sure each animal goes to the right forever home, and to me that is so important. We adopted Tina and Jax who had been at the shelter for 2 years, and the shelter was very straightforward about what the pups needs were and answering our questions. We loved that we were able to visit them multiple times to get to know them without pressure to adopt them, and even once we knew they would be a good fit, they waited till we finished getting their new home ready. They have a vet on staff which means vet records are detailed and helpful; their new vet was impressed with having a full history! I imagen having a vet on staff also helps every animal get their care they need and cost more manageable. Sam was amazing to work with, and I enjoy getting to sent updates about the pups to her. The adoption fee is reasonable, and application process is good.
I just adopted my new fur baby (Jo) from Briggs (this is my second adoption with them). They are a great organization. They truly care for the animals and have a top-notch facility with a great staff of people! They do an excellent job of matching their fur babies with their forever homes. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a dog or cat.
The National Humane Education Society is an amazing nonprofit group. I have experienced first hand their amazing work with going into schools and educating our children on the importance of loving an animal and how to properly care for them. My daughter has also had a birthday party at the Briggs Animal Adoption Center where the NHES educators gave our party guests an amazing experience. And lastly, we have adopted 2 dogs from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in the last 5 years and please read my reviews below. Thank you NHES for everything that you do for these amazing animals!
We have just adopted our 2nd dog from Briggs (July 2020) and CAN NOT say enough GOOD things about their shelter.
*Our 1st experience and review of when we adopted Landon in 2015 can be found at the bottom of this updated review.*
We adopted our fur baby, Landon, from Briggs 5 years ago (2015). In July 2020 he passed away suddenly and we were devastated. We knew when we were ready to look for a new fur baby, we would be going to Briggs. We saw pictures online of all of their dogs and decided we were ready to adopt again. They had a lot of amazing dogs available and I would have loved to take them all home, but we feel in love with a 4 month old puppy named Laney. Our counselor Sylvia (who works with you and shows you all of the dogs available) was amazing. She took her time to tell us a little bit about each of the dogs and when we were done looking, we decided we wanted to meet Laney in person. We were given plenty of time to have a meet and greet with Laney and our whole family decided that she was “the one”! They give you time to go home and to think about your decision to ensure you’re fully committed to adopting that animal. If there are any other families interested in adopting the same animal, Briggs will decide who they feel is the best fit. We knew this from our experience with adopting Landon, so we were secretly REALLLLLLLY excited about making Laney a part of our family, but we knew ultimately, the decision was up to Briggs on whether or not we’d get to adopt her. Please be understanding of their procedures and rules. A lot of people don’t understand why you can’t just go in and adopt a dog and leave with it the same day. I truly believe that Briggs is doing what is BEST for the ANIMALS! It might be an inconvenience to you, but if you truly want what is best for each animal there, you’ll understand why they do what they do. A few days after we met Laney, we were told that our application to adopt her was approved and she was officially a part of our family! The next day, our counselor Sylvia, delivered her to our house. Sylvia came into our house to ensure we were ready for Laney and she sat down and went over paperwork and information about our adoption. The counselors do a fantastic job of making sure everything is in order and you’re ready for your new furry friend. They also provided “goodies” such as some medicine, puppy food and a beautiful “wrapped in love” blanket. These are some of the reasons why we just love Briggs so much! They really go above and beyond for the animals. We have had Laney now for a week and half and we just love her sooooo much! We are so thankful she’s a part of our family and we can give her a loving forever home.
*original review from 2015 when we adopted Landon*
BAAC is the most amazing animal shelter we have ever been to. After our first trip there, we knew we wouldn't look anywhere else when it came to adopting a new dog. A few weeks later, we met Landon and fell in love. Our counselor, Dan (and Kristi too) were wonderful and it was extremely apparent that their first priority was making sure that their animals go to the right families. We have welcomed a new family member into our house thanks to Briggs. (Our 13 year old pound puppy even gave her stamp of approval after going to Briggs for a few meet and greets) Every step of the way (before, during and after adoption) has been wonderful and BAAC and the people that work there are providing a great community service. If you are looking to adopt a new pet, please visit Briggs. Their adoption fee is not much more than the humane society and the level of care and treatment that their animals receive before they are ever even put up for adoption is amazing. They ensure their animals are healthy and up to date on all vaccinations before they even meet the public. :)
During our school shut down, I reached out to Hayley and Megan for help with giving our first grade students an assembly experience they missed because of the school closures. They quickly responded with an amazing video to push out to our first grade students with great information about animal education and their facility. We had a lot of positive feedback from students and parents about the video. As an educator, I will always use the National Humane Education Society as a great learning resource for the classroom. It has always been a positive experience and everyone involved have always going above and beyond to help children. Thank you for all that you have done to make this new way of reaching students possible. Great program!
I adopted my dog Bleu from Briggs last March, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to do so! The facility is kept very clean and sanitary, and the staff are kind, caring and committed to the welfare of the dogs in their care. The dogs staying at Briggs have ample outdoor space to run and play. The staff spends lots of time with the pups taking them to their offices, on field trips and engaging in play and training. Because of this, they are knowledgeable about the dogs in their care, which allows them to ensure a good fit with adopting families. Briggs is a wonderful organization to support and to visit to meet your new canine companion!
I have worked in animal hospitals my whole life. With this said I have never been in any animal rescue as well organized, clean, caring, helpfull as Briggs. From the moment I walked in to meet Harley with Sam. She was honest and very informative about Harley and his fear biting. Went back again this time with my two dogs from home and they met Harley outside in the play area. Sam and Ellen the trainer were there this time. Everyone got along great. Next time Sam and Ellen braught Harley to my home. Harleys first night with us was last night. Everyone did great!! The time and training this rescue does is just over the top. They are a five plus star rescue! God Bless all of you. Very Thankfull, Kelly
We visited Briggs Animal Adoption Center in WV in January and was impressed right from the beginning. Adoption Counselor Sam was professional and caring right when she met us. We were able to meet Aspen while we were there and fell in love with him right from the beginning. Sam made sure to tell us as much information about Aspen as she could and really showed us how much she cared about him. She made us aware that Aspen was not used to people and was very timid and that it would definitely take some time for him to warm up to us and his new surroundings. We still wanted to bring Aspen home and give him the life he deserved. The whole entire adoption process was great and Sam made sure we had everything that we needed. Overall the adoption process at Briggs Animal Adoption Center was great and we are so happy that we can continue to give Aspen the life he deserves. Thank you Briggs!
I adopted my puppy, Trajan, in January of 2020 and little did I know at the time how much we would come to adore this puppy in so short a time. He has been a joyous addition to my life and becomes more and more a part of the family each and every day. I can't thank Briggs Adoption Center enough for matching us and for the wonderful experience I had through their organization. From the time I first walked into the facility through follow up weeks after adoption, BAC has provided a warm and welcoming experience for me and if I consider adopting again, I would begin my journey with them. Their facility is clean, spacious, and it is obvious the love and care the animals there receive. This makes for a great start to the adoption experience for both the pet and the pet owner.
I adopted Luna from BRIGGS in early March. The process was both thorough and seamless. I went in expecting to just see some dogs and maybe meet with one or two. I didn’t know that I’d fall head over heals, and find my puppy on that first trip. When I told Jen I’d like to meet Luna (then Krissy), she brought her into a very nice greeting room where I was able to interact with Luna. I quickly knew that she was the perfect fit. I think Jen knew too. She worked very hard getting all of our ducks in a row and within two weeks, I was welcoming home my sweet puppy. My experience with my adoption counselor, Jen, and every other staff member I met was wonderful. Everybody was so kind. I appreciate the work they put in to make sure that each animal is going to the very best home. Since adopting Luna, I have recommended BRIGGS to anybody looking for a new dog or cat for their family.
We lost our Shih Tzu to heart disease in Jan 2020. We went online and found the Briggs Animal Adoption Center near us in WVa. The facility is great and the staff is very helpful. They have great concern for their pets. We had to be vetted. We passed! We adopted a stray in Feb. "Trooper" is a Shih Tzu/Bichon cross. He has been our lifesaver through the covid-19 "stay at home". He gets us out 5 times/day. Snuggles on the couch, and sleeps with us. And the adoption fee was much less than their expenses for neutering, shots, & a tracking implant. Greatly appreciated by a retired couple.
My husband and I were looking for a dog. We had been to several animal shelters in the DMV area. But we couldn’t find the right dog for us until we came across the website of Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) in WV. BAAC is a bit far from where we live. But we were so glad that we went there. Because we found the perfect furry friend for our family. The entire experience with BAAC was fantastic. The shelter was very clean and organized. And the staff were very kind and helpful. The adoption fee was very reasonable as well. We were accompanied by an Adoption Counselor, Sam Mills. Sam showed us all the dogs and went through the adoption process with us. We did the meet and greet with two furry balls- Sansa and her sister Marigold. We fell in love with Sansa right away. She is the sweetest dog ever. Sansa was under the heart worm treatment at that time. It means that we could not adopt her right away until she completed her treatment. Sam said that we could foster her first, but we needed to bring her back to the vet in the shelter once month to perform the rest of the heartworm treatments. So we did. In the next three months, we had more interactions with the staff in BAAC, including the vet. All of them were wonderful. Now Sansa is heart worm free and we finally adopted her. She brought us so much joy, especially in this difficult time. So I would like to say “Thank you, Sam! Thank you, BAAC!”
Hello. I was invited, along with my therapy dog Seville, by the NHES to participate on two different occasions when they did presentations at two elementary schools this past Winter. Megan and Hailey were awesome at engaging the children and keeping them interested in the program. I could tell that the children learned a lot from each session. I would highly recommend trying to get on their calendar to do a presentation at schools or other events. It's so important for children, and adults too for that matter, to learn the proper way to treat animals, and take care of them. And what to do if they see a problem. A fantastic program! This group does wonderful work!
NHES is simply fabulous! Not only do they have these sweet animals as a priority, they work so well with the community. Year after year they have participated in a Career Day Program at the school where I work. This year, with our Career Day being cancelled due to COVID, they provided a video presentation to share with the students. They go above and beyond to share information with the community and foster a caring attitude toward animals.
This group has participated for the past 3 years in my Career Day Program at Wright Denny Intermediate School. They always come on time, prepared, energetic, and ready to engage with the students here. I think they are a valuable asset to our community and share important information with students about being kind to animals and possible animal-related careers. I am the School Counselor but that is not a choice in the drop down menu below.
BAAC is the most organized and well managed shelter I’ve been in, not to mention the largest and cleanest. During the 2.5 years I’ve been volunteering and walking dogs I’ve witnessed how all of the staff work together to ensure every animal is safe, comfortable, and well cared for until they find the best homes. BAAC does an amazing job of coordinating events, raising awareness, and educating adopters to ensure every dog and cat that comes through their doors has the best life possible.
I retired from teaching several years ago and now spend several mornings a week volunteering at Briggs. The facilities are always clean and the staff is amazing. When you witness one of the staff members interacting with one of the animals, you can see how much they love their jobs. What I appreciate the most is that the staff diligently works to find the right home for each of its' residents. The unique needs of each animal is respected as the staff looks for a perfect forever home.
A few months ago, I found a stack of "Teaching Kindness: A Handbook for Offering Humane Education Programs" booklets in a storage area of our school. I distributed the booklets to all classrooms as a resource about teaching kindness to animals. Then about a month after that I received information about The National Humane Education Society and that they could possibly come to the school to present to our students. I was very excited to be able to help bring this program to our school. We had a presentation for our PK-2 grade students and it was wonderful. Both Megan and Hailey were great with the children and presenting the material about being respectful and responsible to animals. I really appreciated that the material shared was age appropriate for the audience. While they were there other grades not present at the assembly wanted to make sure that they were coming to do one for them.
Thank you Megan, Hailey and Avis!
Mrs. DeMarco, School Counselor
Salem Avenue Elementary
We are so grateful for Briggs Animal Adoption Center. They helped us find the most perfect pet for us!!
We visited Briggs a few weeks ago and asked for a small, non shedding dog. There was one, but she got adopted. Katy asked if we were in a hurry. We said no.
Last Saturday she calls me and said that there are two ShiTzu dogs that just came in. We went that afternoon and saw Benji for the first time and we wanted him right then. Katy said another family was coming to see the two the next day. We were on pins and needles by Wednesday afternoon wondering what was to happen.
On Wednesday, Katy calls me and asks if we still want him. We said ABSOLUTELY! She then said that the other family was willing to take them both. We were so worried they would pick the other family. We are so grateful Katy chose OUR family to be Benji’s new family instead!
When he was dropped off, Katy went through a whole file full of information about Benji. I was so impressed! Benji was well taken care of!!!
Last June we visited Briggs and found the perfect kitten - or rather, he found us. We were about to choose another kitten, and Figaro made a last-minute play, climbing from lap to lap, purring the entire time. We fell in love with him immediately. Six months later, we discovered his biological sister, who has a permanent eye injury, hadn't been adopted. We went to see her and were smitten. Both cats were a perfect addition to our home and have already bonded with our other cat, Leo, and our poodle, Annie.
We found and adopted the perfect little dog from Briggs Animal Adoption. The staff members were all very friendly and helpful. Their shelter was awesome and very clean. I would recommend them to everyone.
We visited Briggs animal adoption in WV looking for a new dog. We found briggs to be extremely clean and very organized. The staff were very kind. You could tell they love their animals we did adopt our Chloe They were very honest about her separation anxiety and that she had been returned twice. We have had her 4 weeks. She’s doing great. When we come home she greets us extremely enthusiastic but she hasn’t been destructive at all. They have called a few time to make sure everything is going well. It is we love our Chloe ❤️ Thank you Briggs
I cannot express how impressed I am with this organization and how they truly are committed to the needs of the animals. We set out to be dog owners after having had guinea pigs for many years and wanted to both meet potential dogs in person and also wanted a group who could guide/remind/suggest suitable rescues for our lifestyle and skill level as well as an organization which would be available after an adoption to address our questions. We found a variety of differing support levels with other rescue organizations besides the fact that in some rescues meeting the animal beforehand was not even a given. This organization provided us all of the above and much more, so much more! We adopted our Belle knowing that we had adopted a dog we could manage and they allowed us to adopt Belle knowing that Belle would indeed have a forever home. The counselors, front office staff, facilities and care of the animals is wonderful. Even if we had not found our dog here I would not hesitate to recommend anyone in the area who is committed to the responsibilities of responsible pet ownership to come by the facility and consider the rescues they have available.
I recently adopted my two kittens from Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and I couldn't be happier. The entire staff was warm, welcoming, and made the entire adoption process a smooth and positive experience. I was given all the information I needed, and I was even sent home with food, litter, and homemade blankets. Thanks to them, I now have two new family members who bring such joy to my home.
Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Kristi don’t just “say” they care about animals and trying to find them the right homes; they prove it with their actions. My husband and I had been trying on and off to adopt for the last year from rescues. We felt like we had been running through hoops through many rescues and we actually remembered why we ended up going to a breeder for our last dog. We treat all our animals like family, and give them the best medical care possible. When we walked into Briggs, we immediately could feel the difference.
Briggs had a very welcoming atmosphere. The facility was beautiful and it not only was clean, it smelt clean. I told Kristi that I had a very large Ridgeback, Hamilton, but he was a huge baby. He was even afraid of raindrops. I originally had my eye on a male puppy named Everett. She brought him in with two of his brothers. She told me at the beginning, she didn’t think it would be a good match. She thought he would be too wild. I really wanted a male puppy. She was right. She then brought in three Hound girls. They were all beautiful. I just really still wanted a male. She told me to bring in Hamilton and he would choose.
My husband and I brought in Hamilton that weekend. He was scared of all of them, but did much better with the Hounds. They were much calmer around him. Magnolia and I started to bond at that time, and she started to steal my heart. Kristi told me to sleep on it. The next day I called her and let her know we had chosen Magnolia to adopt. Kristi said, she thought Hamilton would do much better with her at our home.
Kristi brought Magnolia (now Colleen) home that Thursday. Within four days, Hamilton and Colleen were the best of friends. They play all day and cuddle at night. Colleen has actually made Hamilton a bit tougher, because he acts like he needs to protect her now. He is so much more active, and plays like a puppy. We couldn’t be happier. Colleen stole my heart since Day 1. Thank You, Kristi! Thank You, Briggs! You have made a Very Happy Home!!!
Sarah & Michael Wiley
Hello. My wife and i first learned of Briggs Animal Adoption Center through a friend who was in the process of adopting a kitten. Our daughter (9) has loved cats since she was 4-months old, and we finally decided we would adopt for her. I made a phone call, and spoke with one of the Adoption Counselors (Katy) there where i learned all of what needed to happen. Honestly, im so glad of this process.
First, i came to take a look at the cats....and really, have the cats take a look at me. A few of them followed me around, one sat on my lap, etc... The next step was to have everyone (the 3 of us) in the house come through and see how the cats reacted to us. One cat, Fred, chose my wife immediately. And as our daughter played with the cats, we noticed another was seemingly always nearby, Ollie. So, we went to Briggs thinking on adopting one cat, and we adopted two.
After we were chose by Fred and Ollie, the Katy was in constant contact with us, letting us know when the in-house vet checkups were and everything else we needed to know before we could transport them home.
We left with two cats, tons of information, food, litter, and a happy daughter. That was in Dec 2018. Those two cats are the most playful and affectionate cats i think i've ever been around. They love our home, and we love them.
The experience from Briggs, they way they placed the importance not on us "shopping" for a cat, but rather the cats interacting with us, was wonderful. As we all sat in the cat room, Katy would observe which cats she thought interacted and fit us the best. I think that type of....intuition...was key to have our current relationship with Fred and Ollie are now.
Thank you!! --- Brian
My husband and I adopted our sweet girl Puffin from NHES/ Briggs Shelter December 2018. We appreciate that the shelter is "no kill" and does so much to make sure that the animals are well cared for. Their cattery is a beautiful space. The cats seem at ease. The individual needs of the animals is acknowledged, such as diet, health, or need for isolation or quiet. The process for adopting a pet initially seems like a lot of work, but in going through the process you can tell that they want to make sure they are sending a pet to their forever home. They don't do same day adoptions, which reduces impulse decisions that leave pets homeless when something doesn't work out. They care about matching energy level, ability to interact with other pets, and personality. The animals all visit the vet one final time to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines and are healthy. They call regularly to check in. I realized that they really do care about the animals when the lady running the front desk got a bit sad upon hearing that we were adopting Puffin because she would spend part of her lunch break with Puffin. I would absolutely adopt from NHES/Briggs again!
We adopted our Pomeranian Hazelnut from The Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town, WV in Dec. 2017. They are a wonderful organization who does so much to help the pets find the best homes. The pets are well loved and cared for while they are at Briggs and we are so thankful for all they do! We love our Hazelnut and if we were to get another pet we would definitely go to Briggs! Sincerely, Patti and David Burleson~
When my husband and I were ready to adopt a dog we looked for a dog from Briggs because they are a no kill shelter. We found a special dog we liked named Junie. She was from a hoarding situation and was not socialized. She was fearful of people and every situation. The staff at Briggs had us come visit her several times alone and with our current dog to make sure she was a good fit for us and us for her. Because Junie was such a fearful dog the staff let us come in before they opened to have some quiet, alone time with her. We believe, had this not been a no kill shelter, she would have been euthanized because she seemed to be a harder dog to adopt due to her fears. She had been at the shelter for 6 months. Briggs delivered her to us with some food, toys, and a special blanket. They checked in with us at set intervals to make sure things were working out. We've had Junie for going on 5 months now and we keep in contact with the staff by sending monthly updates/pictures (I'm not sure we'd have had the same relationship our local spca). I know they love seeing Junie's journey because they are so dedicated to helping animals. This organization is very concerned for their animals and they strive to make sure you are the right fit for the dog to lessen the chances of a dog coming back or going to another shelter. They want to make sure they place their dogs/cats in forever homes. We recommend adopting a shelter pet because you are giving a worthy pet a second chance at a good life, the chance they should have had from birth. As for Junie, she changes every day. She has become the most loving and happy dog. We cannot believe the turn around she has made - shows what some love and kindness can do. To people who think they need a puppy we would say that while puppies are nice so are shelter dogs of any age. Junie , who is 3, acts like puppy because she finds something new every day to explore and enjoy since she never had a fun puppy-hood. Junie wakes up happy and goes to bed happy and we truly believe it is because she knows what it means to be rescued.
Blossom (adopted from Briggs Animal Adoption Center, WV)
by Joanna Klose, Blossom’s new co-parent (with husband Scott)
In April 2019, my husband began looking on the Briggs website for a dog that would be a good fit for our family. I had drafted the adoption application but was too “sensitive hearted” to look at candidates on the site…just knowing I’d want to adopt all of the dogs.
I had heard about Briggs from a friend of my Mom’s, Batina (spelling?), who had also adopted from Briggs. One of the things I like about Briggs is that they are absolutely “no kill”, which is awesome!! It also made me comfortable with going to the BAAC to see dogs knowing that they would all be adopted.
Also, I was impressed that Briggs founders had such strong convictions about animals being treated humanely and given all the care they needed while at Briggs. By the time an animal goes home they are current on vaccinations, have been seeing a veterinarian, treated with utmost care for their health and happiness!
Briggs’ website is loaded with helpful information about the Center, visiting/tours, how the animals are cared for, recommendations for what to have ready before you bring home your specific animal, about the philosophy begun with the founders and carried through to present, and much more.
When we did visit Briggs, it was very clear that the animals were highest priority with all the staff members. We had already sent in our application online and spoken with adoption counselor, Samantha Mills, who invited us for a tour with her. My husband Scott and I visited on Sunday April 29, 2019. After the tour, Samantha asked if there were any dogs that we were interested in visiting with that day. She added that it was ok if we wanted to go home and think about it or even look at other dogs when they arrived.
My husband, Scott (and I agreed) asked if we could see the brown & white “red tick hound.” Blossom was brought to us in one of the visiting rooms. Her tail was tucked between her legs, and she was very timid and skittish (understandable when we discovered she had come, with her brother and sisters, from an animal hoarding situation). Scott and I had gotten down on the floor and I had my shoes off. When Blossom entered the visiting room, we said “hi” and spoke happily but calmly to her, not making any movement toward her but allowing her to come to us. Slowly we were able to pet her while continuing to talk soothingly to her. By the time the visit was over (too soon
Briggs Adoption Center is great. Sylvia was very nice to give us a tour of the facility and introduce all the available dogs. She also let us spend some time with Briar whom we adopted. Kristi delivered Briar to our home. Kristi was very knowledgeable and provided us lots of good information.
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in January, 2017. We had just lost a beloved dog and knew that we needed to find a dog - not just any one, but the right one. We visited Briggs and worked with a wonderful employee there who listened to our needs, and introduced us to several dogs. We ended up with not one, but two perfect canine matches. Brandi (now 14) and Maya (now 12) have brought joy and love to our home.
We were nervous about adopting older dogs, but they had been thoroughly vetted and cared for, and knowing that we'd have the support system of Briggs to help us with questions made it ok. They've been healthy and happy ever since.
The employee who helped us match with the right dogs messages periodically to check on them, and has been a great support if we've had questions about anything.
I would go back to Briggs in a heartbeat to adopt a dog, but hope we don't need them for a long time to come! They have a wonderful, clean facility, take beautiful care of their animals, and work hard to be sure they are matching the dogs (or cats) with the right person for them.
We were newcomers to the pet adoption process after having had our Jack Russell terrier pass away after sixteen and a half fun-filled years with us. I began researching adoption site and visited Briggs Animal Adoption Center several times as well as several other sites. I signed up for emails and began getting emails right away about adopting. So, my husband and I decided to visit Briggs first since it was the closest in proximity to our home. We were both impressed with Briggs and staff and facilities. We took the tour and then went home to talk about it. We decided we wanted to meet the puppies and dogs first hand so we came back for another visit. We fell in love with the second dog we visited with and started the adoption process. Briggs has an excellent adoption process with complete paperwork, a counselor who delivers the dog to your home and lots of helpful hints and advice on successful adoptions. Our new addition is a real sweetheart and we could not be happier with our choice. Thank your Briggs Animal Adoption Center and our counselor, Katie, for helping to fill the void in our life with a sweet, vibrant bundle of joy!
Our students truly enjoyed the animal safety program!! They stayed engaged the entire time and learned some valuable lessons on how to care for and approach animals. The teachers were impressed with how kid friendly the presentation was. I would love to have them back again next year! Thank you for coming out to our school!!
I am a guidance counselor at two different elementary schools in Wood County, WV. The NHES visited both of my schools. They were very professional and good with our students. They did three presentations at one school, Pre K-5, and one presentation for 2nd -3rd grades at the other school. All four presentations were slightly different. The ladies did an excellent job of teaching to their audience and changing the material to be age appropriate. They did a good job of teaching about kindness and how to be respectful and appropriate with animals. I would highly recommend the NHES presentation for any elementary school!
I am a counselor at Shoals Elementary school in Kanawha County, WV. The NHES came to our school and talked to our students about pet care and safety. The played games and had hands-on dress up clothes and other items for their games. They also brought a projector to display a power point and videos. The presentation was very informative and engaging for our K-5 students. We appreciate the NHES traveling to our school and educationing our students on pet care and safety. We hope to see you again next year. Mrs. Douglas-Chiles
Megan and the National Humane Education Society never fail to excite and educate our students as they bring awareness to the importance of kind and humane treatment of animals. They have been coming yearly and always incorporate other themes such as careers, respect, responsibility, etc, as needed. They come with great props, presentations and often bring a child friendly pet. The kids love it! Such a great program in which all schools should take advantage.
Ranson Elementary School Counselor
Absolutely brilliant presentation! They brought Buddy (a living ambassador pet) & Lucky ( a stuffed animal ambassador) for the kids to engage and pet. The video was informative. An absolute MUST to have this team come deliver the NHES presentation. Compassionate, professional, committed and dedicated advocates! 5 Stars to infinity for this group! Thank You!
The representatives, Megan, Joshua, and Haley, from NHES drove to Bensalem, PA all the way from West Virginia to present to our school. Our students were so excited to see Apollo and Teddy and learn about ways to care for dogs and acts responsibly around them. The presenters were so lively and informative. Our students really benefitted from hearing the NHES presentation. Thank you so much!
We recently had Briggs Animal Adoption Center come to our school for a presentation. They presented to the kindergartners at our school and far exceeded our expectation with their presentation. The taught the children about their cause, different animal careers, and about dog bite prevention. DId I mention they brought 2 of the sweetest dogs with them?! We cannot wait to have them back again in the future. Thank you Briggs for teaching our students so much!
Megan and Hayley visited our school in Far Rockaway NY last week. Our Pre K and Kindergarten students thoroughly enjoyed their assembly "Kindness in the Classrrom".
Through conversation, song, story and role-playing, our students learned how to approach, pet and care for dogs and cats. Students were given stickers and booklets to take home. The students and teachers had a very positive experience and we hope NHES can visit again next year! Keep up the great work!
Teachers and Students from PS 104 Q,
We adopted Murphy (formerly Brutus) from Briggs Animal Adoption Center and the National Humane Education Society. The facility is really amazing, and the care that goes into each animal is readily apparent. The staff takes the time to get to know each animal so that they can really give you good advice and have knowledge and recommendations that can be helpful. We even had car trouble when visiting from out-of-state, and the staff stayed late and helped us make sure we weren't stuck or stranded!
Murphy is an absolutely wonderful dog. He is friendly, playful, energetic, and sweet, and just a true delight to have added to our family. He loves to play with his toys, follow his older sister (11yo Bich-Poo) around the house, and nap when we're all sitting together. A big thank you to the National Humane Education Society and BAACS for helping bring us together with our new family member!
Back in November, I adopted Lilly, a deer head Chihuahua mix. When I first got her, she was scared and didn't know how to act but she quickly warmed up to me. Lilly came from a hording situation amd lived with 12 other dogs and two cats. She was covered in fleas and extremely fearful of humans. I've worked so hard with her and she already knows a few commands and I am working on off leash training with her. Now 7 months later, she is a happy pup and is loving her life.
Thanks to you so many different animals have their lives made better. Not only do you take in and care for various needy animals, you educate the young so that they learn how to appreciate the different animals and how to care for them. By educating both young and old, many others benefit by their wisdom. Again, thanks.
This happened some years ago when I was still working (am retired). I worked at a chicken processing and an accumulation of fera was there. I tried to feed them and there was plenty of chicken they could get. Tnen the manager said the cats had to go because one had gotten into a delivery truck and if it had gotten to the vendor the whole truck would have to be condemned and the company couldn't have that happen.
I had been contributing to NHES for some time and in desperation I called and lo and behold Mrs. Briggs answered herself and said they would help. Her son-in-law called me the next day and saaid he was coming to help me relocate the cats. He did so, left me some money for food and some traps to catch the ones we hadn't caught and the means to return the traps when we were finished relocating the cats.
It turns out he had a history of our location and did some visiting whlle he was here. We are a very small community in a little known part of Virginia and the coincidence that everything worked out is an act of God and NHES.
I an eternally gratefull and believe in all the good works this organization does.
Thank you NHES,
Modest town, VA 23412
Years ago I decided to donate to Anna Briggs’ rescue, although I lived very far away from WV. As it turned out, my son, who is in the uSAF, got stationed in a town close by. I went to visit him and we went to the brand new facility and he adopted two recently rescued kittens. That was 9 years ago and the cats are healthy, happy, and spoiled.
I love NHES.
I grew up not knowing about vets, shots, spay and neuter. A few years ago we began to have a problem with stray cats. No one wanted to help to do anything. I was caring for 40+ cats by myself. I was falling behind with spay and neuter because it was taking most of my money to be sure they had enough food. There was a lot of extra work involved for me because I tried to keep all inside that would come in. I contacted the National Humane Education Society to ask for help. A gentleman drove to my home in a small Pennsylvania town with two live traps and a cage. He showed me how to trap and transport to the vet, plus they gave the vet $650.00 to spay and neuter the kitties I took there. Needless to say, this help was a turning point for me and the kitties. Today, I have four rescued kitties, a 24 year old cockatiel, and a crippled horse. I lost my 14 year old goat this year. As long as I can donate to this organization, I will. They really do care. Betty S Schiefer
I am a veterinarian and a PTA mom of two children in the public school system in Brooklyn, NY. After learning about the importance of humane education from a conference for teachers, I wanted to bring the ideas to my children’s school. The principal of the school supported humane education, although I needed to explain why its important when teachers have very limited time to teach what they have as it is.
I had trouble securing a visit from a local humane education organization. I then researched and came across The National Humane Education Society (NHES). They were warm and welcoming from the first email.
I had also wanted a family workshop along with daytime assemblies and approached NHES about it. They were excited and came up with a program. We wanted therapy dogs present and they were able to connect with a local therapy dog group and arrange for dogs to be present at the assembly and the family night workshop.
There were detailed emails regarding everything from the topics discussed to the timing of the activities.
The day finally came for the assemblies and workshop. I was impressed at how the speakers wove messages of kindness, adoption, the needs of pets, into stories and songs. They adjusted their message delivery for the older kids.
The family night program was great too. There were tables with activities for adults and children. The adult table was geared towards social responsibility. The kid’s tables had activities such as making vegan dog treats, making cat toys and a game in which you paired a dog up for adoption with the correct family. We served vegan food for the attendees.
I hope to have the same program for the school next year with NHES. They are wonderful, hard working and I admire them for the work they do.
Marlowe Elementary would like to personally thank Megan Finn and the NHES for volunteering at our school's Vehicle Day. The NHES showed an exceptional level of professionalism, consideration and patience for our students during their presentation.
Not only did the NHES educate our students about the animal shelter guidelines, but they also demonstrated the adoption process using stuffed animals, which was a nice touch given the age of our students and the weather conditions.
Megan did a great job engaging the students, allowing for questions to be answered and even concluding the presentation with calendar giveaways per each child.
Overall, the staff and kids from Marlowe Elementary were very pleased with the presence of NHES and we look forward to working with them again in the near future!
I have had several experiences with NHES and all have been amazing. As a volunteer I have accompanied Megan and Megan to many elementary schools in the area. It is so satisfying to see the kids be so interested in proper caring for animals, most specifically Dogs and Cats. The Megans make the programs so enjoyable with there stories, songs, role plays and videos. The kids love it and are usually fixed on there presentation, especially when they bring a sweet pup. I have also been with them for painting projects they bring to the schools and the kids are usually so excited to paint pics of the dogs and cats they bring pictures of. They have so much patience with the kids and you can tell that they genuinely love their jobs. It has been a pleasure volunteering with the program and Megan and Megan and have founds new friends in them.
My husband and I also adopted a sweet pup at Briggs. The facility is great and we are so happy that Lily is a member of the family now.
I had the NHES come out to my after school program this past fall. They brought pictures of the adoptable animals at Briggs and my 36 kindergarten through 5th graders got to paint pictures of the animals! Even my kids who usually only want to run around got really into it. They got to watch a cute video before to get them into it and the Megan’s were amazing at handling all of their silly questions and stories. I get to have them back in June and the kids and I are SO excited!!!
I adopted a kitty from the National Humane Education Society/Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and they were nothing but accommodating and helpful during the whole process! We got a sweet kitty and often visit just to see what other animals are looking for forever homes! This is an excellent adoption center that clearly cares about its animals!
Wonderful and engaging program that will teach your young students the basics of animal care and kindness! The presenters including the K-9 beauty engaged the students by using visuals, games, prizes, stories and more!
I came down to the gym to peek in towards the end of the presentation you were giving to our prek-1st grade, and I was so intrigued I stayed for the 2nd and 3rd grade. Josh did a great job reading and sharing the story of how his dog came to be part of their family. I learned the safe way to approach a dog you've never met before (something I had never known before). The presenters were exciting and kept the students engaged and attentive through the whole thing. Giving the students calendars and letting them pet the dog at the end was such a treat for them!
Megan visited our school on February 6, 2018 to share the Kindness is the Classroom program with our students. We were delighted to meet Lilly, an Australian Shepherd Mix, from the Briggs Adoption Center. The program was perfect for our K-5 students. Respect, responsibility, and caring were an important part of the Kindness in the Classroom program along with animal safety and basic needs. I highly recommend this program for all students! *** Please donate, volunteer, or provide a fur-ever home to a loving pet, if you can! ***
Megan and Megan provide an excellent presentation on responsibility with animals. They are professional and have great patience with children. We love having them visit our school.
We found Briggs Animal Adoption Center before the holidays last year. We were looking for a local facility to donate to and happened upon this wonderful facility just down the road from us. After donating last Christmas we immediately fell in love with the place and the people. We started volunteering soon after and have been coming at least one day a week since then. Though usually we can't stay away and end up there 2-3 days a week! The animals are so well cared for. The facility is super neat , clean and well thought out. The staff goes above and beyond to make sure all of the animals get the attention they need and the loving homes they deserve. Our lives are so much better since finding Briggs and we only hope the time we spend there makes a difference too! It didn't take us long before we adopted a dog from Briggs too. Their adoption process is very detailed and involved which shows they care! We appreciate that they take so much time making sure that the animals have their best opportunity for a forever home after going through so much already in their lives. If you are looking for a wonderful place to volunteer with this is it! If you are looking to donate then donate here. Honestly it is the best place we know!
Our dog rescue dog "Buddy" passed away at home 2 months ago. It was hard on all of us, including our rescue dog "Toasty".
We knew we needed to get another one, but it took a month to be emotionally ready.
When the time was right, my husband contacted
Briggs Animal Adoption Center in West Virginia.
He went to meet "Cecilia", a hound & beagle mix. We ended up adopting her, and she has quickly become part of our family.
The staff at Briggs are great, and they make extra efforts to make sure that their pets are going to good homes.
The way this place is run is top notch.
I wish every shelter could be like this.
In July 2016 we adopted Ranger from Briggs Animal Adoption Center in West Virginia. We had spent several weekends visiting shelters after losing our 12 year old rescue to a hit and run and came across Briggs and were so impressed at the love and care the staff puts into the animals (before and after their stay at Briggs). They seem to treat every animal as if they were their own. Such a wonderful place for animals that need love and attention!
We've recently adopted 2 Terrier mix brothers from BAACS. Our experience from the first second I walked through BAACS door was superb.
The facility is immaculate and extremely well organized. Katy, the coordinator assigned to us was outstanding from beginning to end.
My favorite part of the process was when the dogs were delivered to our home by Katy. Obviously because of the dogs, but more importantly because of the folder Katy walked in with.....this is the part where BAACS really stands out and shines above other adoption centers. The folder contained all medical/vaccination info., ID, chip, rabies tags. It contained "BOLT" signs to post on outside and inside of front door to remind visitors that new dogs live here and might run out when door opens, she also provided "LOST posters" of each dog (if ever needed) which literally brought tears to my eyes that BAACS cared so much and literally thought of everything. The cherry on top was the snuggly blankets handmade by Mary Beth, Wrapped In Love.
Kudos to this fine organization!