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National Humane Education Society

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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

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Michelle McLean T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Sherry Robbins G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I adopted Hermione from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in May 2017. Were it not for the incredible staff at Briggs she would likely not be alive today. When she arrived at Briggs she was injured and underweight. The staff vet took an x-ray and discovered bullet fragments in her skull. One eye and part of her jaw were severely injured from the bullet wounds and ended up being removed. But thanks to this organization's dedication to saving every life they can, my sweet little girl is now happy and healthy and will spend the rest of her life being loved.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The NHES presenter's enthusiasm and material had the students engaged the entire time!
The information presented was informative and relevant to an over all theme to BE KIND- THANK YOU!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Megan Flinn and Megan Hessenberger came to our schools in rural New Hampshire to do a presentation on kindness in the classroom. The teachers and students will all equally engaged and excited to learn about the humane society, as learning about this is close to all of us, especially in New Hampshire. The presentation was not only very important for students to learn, but was done appropriately that students were understanding of animal feelings, safety, and careers. As I mentioned, teachers were just as thrilled. I was excited about the materials they provided to the school to carry through and have follow up lessons with students about animal safety and welfare.These lessons relate to other subjects taught in school. Both of these ladies were incredibly enthusiastic and professional, we are so lucky that they had an opening for us to come visit and I look forward to a visit next year!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for our first pet to add to our family. Katy, our adoption counselor, helped us through the whole process! From narrowing down what kind of dog would fit best in our family, all the way down to everything they would need to come home. They really equip you to be the best pet owners you can be, as well as helping your animal through the transition. We would highly recommend Briggs to anyone looking for their forever companion!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Peggy74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Garrett6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Angie86

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!