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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Our mission is “to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.” In 1954, Alice Morgan Wright, NHES board member, wrote of NHES, “In 1948, we incorporated, a small group of us to carry on what we think is one of the urgent needs of our time, Humane Education.” Today, this urgent need is still with us and at NHES we address it through our programs services—all of which serve to educate the public and decrease animal suffering.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: (1) Humane Education & Advocacy, (2) Spay Today, (3) The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and (4) Alliance Partnerships

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Donna H.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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
Winchester, Virginia

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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~

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Suresh S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Liesl Gromen L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.
Thanks!
Joe Shepherd
Ranson Elementary School Counselor

1 LUVmyPAWS

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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,

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Amanda H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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,

Judith Grant
Modest town, VA 23412

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jenna S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Jeannie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Rebekah H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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! ***

Client Served

Rating: 4

They were very welcoming and provided a lot of materials for us to use for future programming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.