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 Flinn, Megan Hessenberger, Minh Kilbride, Joshua Kilbride and "Apollo" the Therapy Dog are amazing! The Bethany Preschool staff and students always look forward to their yearly visit! They have an amazing way of connecting with the students and teaching them how to take care of and love their pets. We all enjoy it when they come to visit!
Though I haven't adopted a pet from NHES (yet), I am a very proud donor and supporter of all they do for the animals. While they take in and care for abandoned and abused dogs and cats at the BAAC until they find their forever homes (and are 100% against euthanizing healthy animals! I know Marley has been there for a long time...), they've also partnered with other organizations like the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and have donated many acres of their campus to restore the habitats of local birds and butterflies. They are passionate, dedicated people, and their organization is doing great work not only in West Virginia and the DC area, but across the US through their humane education and advocacy efforts.
NHES uses direct methods and public education to help dogs, cats, other domestic animals, wildlife, and communities nationwide. NHES corrects and prevents threats to these groups, both by direct means (couseled adoptions, Spay Today programs, and animal rescue) and with widespread education programs that reach thousands of K-12 students and adults. Programs and workshops cover topics such as responsible pet ownership, the benefits of spay/neuter, dog safety and bite prevention, methods for teaching humane education/animal welfare, and address the importance of compassion and empathy in young students. In doing so, NHES shows thousands of people the practices that improve the lives of animals and communities at large.
I started a kids humane education program at my local shelter along with a book buddies program
The response has been great. We even got the children t shirts for the club that say always be kind humane education kids club
Humane Society of Port Jervis&Deerpark
Hudson K-8 School in Birmingham, Alabama had the pleasure to experience NHES with both Ms. Megans and two adorable and unforgettable therapy dogs. Children from our Pre-School through 6 grade, continue to talk about the experience. Students and teachers learned the importance of kindness, respect, and safety when around animals and that was much needed. Thank you all for taking time to enrich our lives.
As a retired single female I found my second 'career' volunteering at Briggs/NHES walking the dogs around the grounds. I started my volunteering as a way to give back to my community and ended up with a greater respect for the dogs & cats they shelter, and the hard work involved in carrying for these lovable animals waiting for their forever home. The staff provided an extensive training session for the volunteers before being allowed to interact with the dogs which I had not experienced with other shelters where I volunteered. I learned new methods that I was able to use with my own dogs at home and have a great respect for this organization and the charitable work they do every day. When I'm ready for another dog I will be coming to Briggs.
They were very helpful and kind, matching us up with a perfect dog. THe adoption counselor basically held our hand every step of the way, constantly texting and giving tons of information and pictures.
Sunrise Elementary School was honored to host The National Humane Education Society to our school. Megan and Megan were absolutely fabulous and delivered an awesome experience to our 900 students. The program was interactive and age appropriate. Their love and enthusiasm for animals was evident. Our students and staff absolutely loved it! In addition to the wonderful program, our teachers each received curriculum to continue teaching character education through animals in the classroom. Thank You!!
We adopted a Jack Russel from Briggs and shared 5 loving years with her. Kindle was a bundle of vitality and she was the boss of our Golden and our Wolf Hound mix along with 3 cats. Briggs did a wonderful job of guiding us to find the right dog for our family and spent time and effort to be sure we were a good fit.
Also we have used Spay Today program to neuter our dozen barn cats, they made it possible for us to keep our community under control responsibly.
Lastly, my Dad used to volunteer to spend time with the cats in their home at Briggs and everyone was a winner!
We are fortunate to have Briggs in our community.
Adopted all 3 of our dogs from Briggs. Our adoption counselor Kristy Curtis has been imperative to helping us with everything from food to behavioral issues. She made it known from the beginning we could call her for anything and we have. We know the staff from the kennels to the office staff work so hard to take care of these beautiful little beings until they find their forever homes. I can't recommend them enough. They truly care about making sure that all of the animals are going to safe, happy homes. You guys rock!!!