As an older person I can truly say how very important the work at NHES is. I grew up in an era where often people had no real idea of the needs of their pets. It was not unusual to see dogs chained in yards, cats and dogs not spayed or neutered, and health issues neglected. The devoted staff at NHES is a major reason the cruelty that was once accepted as a norm is now exposed and the life of pets vastly improved. The educators work tirelessly both on site and through school programs to educate a new generations and show them a better, humane way to enjoy their pets. NEHS, through its educational programs, addresses safety concerns and encourages dog training. I have no doubt that NHES is making a huge difference in the lives of both pets and owners. Their facility is first rate and that they have a full time vet on staff allows the educators access to expert information on health and nutritional needs. Behavior issues are also addressed making NHES the authority on companion animals. Schools have an opportunity to have a free program presented by NHES professionals conducted with humor, compassion, and knowledge. Change the life of a child and a pet by visiting NHES on site in Charles Town, WV or scheduling a program.
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!