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The Humane Society of McCormick County

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: The Humane Society of McCormick County is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization formed in September 2000. It was created to help McCormick County, South Carolina residents and animals because McCormick County has no animal control, no shelter, and no veterinarians. HSMC is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to placing animals in humane environments, and to promoting responsible pet ownership including spay and neuter.

Target demographics: animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: We spay/neutered a total of 332 dogs and cats in 2018! (92 McCormick County owned dogs and cats free of charge to those who qualified for it, 137 HSMC rescues, and 103 trap-neuter/spay-release.)

Geographic areas served: McCormick County, South Carolina

Programs: "No more Litters, Fix your Critters" - our free to low cost Spay/Neuter program. Since we do not have a clinic of our own, we fill up our van with cats and dogs from county residents and travel to a clinic in the next county. Sometimes we even do a second run. Having animals spayed/neutered is the only way we are going to get handle on the animal population. Our program is helping this entire county from the residents to the animals.

Community Stories

110 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Subi (aka Whitley) on Oct 21st, 2018, and our lives have not been the same since. We picked her out months before we could actually take her home with us, as we had to wait for her to get all of her shots and be spayed.
The volunteers at the shelter were amazing. They took great care of our Subi and loved her as if she were their own until we could bring her home. It was always an adventure to visit her at the shelter because she had so many siblings.
One thing that distinguishes this shelter is they don't just care for the animals, they love them, and it shows. They will not let the puppies leave with just any family. They make certain that you are a good fit for their puppies, and that you can provide them with a loving forever home.
Subi is a sweet girl that loves to bark, chew on sticks, and run around. To our surprise, she also loves the water and swims like a retriever. See the attached video. We got her a sister, Harley, on November 4th. They run, play, and fight just like real sisters.

Enjoy the attached pictures of our sweet Subi. Her mama, Willow, is available for adoption. If she is anything like Subi, she will be a great addition to your home.

Susan & Bil

1 Betty R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I began hearing about this organization as I was getting to know the McCormick community and began seeing regular updates about the animals in their care and the work they are doing. They were written with such care and excitement about each individual dog and cat, by name, that it was clear that this is a labor of love by some incredible people. I was drawn to the website and was unexpectedly taken in by a photo of Budee, a 10-year (?) old beagle, who was being fostered and looking for a home. His personality, likes and needs were described in a way that proved that he was with people who knew him and loved him, and in a way that made me want to know and love him, too. I inquired about his compatability with cats (as we had a senior manx already), and instead of a quick email, I received a phone call and answers to all questions or concerns I had. It ended with an appointment to meet and possibly schedule a weekend visit. Those events were followed by adoption. Because he was so exactly described, he fit immediately into our household, as though he has always been with us.

Throughout the process it was clear that the animals' well-being was first and foremost. From the meeting, interview process, forms and questionnaire through references and ID verification.... everything was thoroughly and thoughtfully considered to ensure they were placing Budee well. We have had some follow up, and some follow Budee on facebook (#budeethebeagle) and comment still.

I follow this group on Facebook also, and continue to be impressed by the efforts of this largely volunteer organization, as well as their successes. They are constantly creating new programs and opportunities for the community to contribute to the welfare of the animals, so that everyone can take part in their amazing mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After seeing their site online, I decided to visit even though it is almost 2 hours from my home. The facilities are clean, well-organized, and clearly designed to maximize the wellbeing of the animals. Jeannie was welcoming and informative. She helped me locate the best addition to our “dog family.” The staff even traveled to my house to let Gunner meet his potential friends.
He is a sweet, quiet boy who has benefited from companionship and weekly outings to my husband’s office. I also greatly appreciate the ongoing contact and support from the organization.

1 Heather Von Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never adopted a dog from a humane society before. This was my first experience. Jeannie Kocik was my contact person through this process. I'm the proud parent of one of Willia's pups. I have a 15 year old Treeing Walker Coonhound and had a 14 year old I had to put down Nov 2017. A friend at work brought Willia and her babies to my attention and from that moment I knew i was going to adopt one of her babies. I made an appointment with Jeannie iand drove to see the babies. I picked one out and already had her name picked out as well. What surprised me is, I would get updates on her weight ,shots and pictures of my girl until I could bring her home. All the volunteers there were so helpful through the process. Even after I brought her home they were always commenting on my post of her on Facebook. I have encouraged others looking for dogs or cats to look at their page for animals up for adoption. Zinna reminds me of my Zepher that I had to put to sleep, down to some of the markings they share. When another time comes where I'm able to adopt again, i will definitely be coming back to them. 1st picture is Zephers heart on left and Zinnas on right. Baby pictures, Zepher on left Zinna on right. Zinnas bestie Khaleesi.

1 Lora  S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful place! They went out of their way to assist me with finding the perfect sibling for my other dog. They were great in the introduction process. Humane Society of McCormick county gave me plenty of time to make sure things worked out, and that the two boys were a good fit for each other. My family was worried about having two male dogs and the shelters process made sure that it went smoothly. Now we have two boys that are best friends and play mates. I couldn't be happier.Thank you for everything.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This shelter is the best and friendliest people working there
I found a dog they had advertised and call about her Jeannie called me back and told me that she had been fostered. Then she told me about another dog that they had his name Pongo and invited me to visit pets mart in Aikin SC. So Saturday came and we visited and fell in love. With Pongo. They loaned us leash and harness and cage until we came back next week to adopt Pongo. The people love the dogs and love seeing pics of them growing up. Great experience with them i give them 10 stars

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so happy with all the love and joy we get from our princess zero. We were very pleased to adopt her from Ms. jean at mhs. we love our new fur baby and we’re very pleased with how nice everyone we met with was. We highly recommend anyone to adopt from here!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our precious Lottie from HSMC. Jeanie was so helpful, and we are so grateful for the work they do. Lottie is a joy, we love her. From when I first saw her picture and contacted HSMC, every conversation was helpful and it was so obvious how much she cared about and loved our future baby girl. Thank you for making it possible for Lottie to be part of our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog at the end of the summer. We were looking for a pup that would fit in with our Irish wolfhound, a wolfhound we had to leave alone most of the time during the day. We found Fritter and he was perfect. The folks in McCormick helped us determine if he would fit, let us meet him with our dog multiple times, and made sure that their pup was the right pup for us. It was a great experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I moved from California. We built a new home in SLV and knew we had room for a furbaby. We fell in love with a long time resident of The McCormick County Humane Society named Roxy. Our house was completed January of this year 2019 and it didn't take us long to spring Roxy and give this love a fur-ever home. Roxy is a well behaved, strongwilled, water loving, adventure seeking and mile+ daily walker. We are so in love with this girl and can't emagine our home without her. Thank you to the humane society of McCormick for keeping her safe, loved and well taken care of until we were able to bring her home!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These spectacular people rescued my fabulous dog, made sure she was healthy, fed her and loved her and taught her -- a feral golden mix -- to accept a leash and ride in a car. Her cage was clean and spacious, and they worked gently to ease her shyness. They were careful in choosing me to adopt, and were kind, cheerful and generous throughout the process. They took excellent care of Princess Buttercup, and of me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization run completely by volunteers so you know they do this because they love animals. The animals are so well taken care of at the shelter. The facility is beautiful, with walking trails for the dogs, and comfortable play areas for the cats. The dogs get a few walks a day so they learn how to walk on the leash and get into the habit of it to help prepare them for their permanent homes. This organization really cares about their rescues and they get to know each one of them and their various quirks and personalities so as to find the perfect home that will suit them best.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Bruiser in November of 2017. He was at the Humane Society of McCormick County for 2 years. The wonderful volunteers did their best to help Bruiser find his forever home but he was so shy and scared that he was overlooked. My stepmother Kathy is a volunteer and knew Bruiser well. She talked to everyone she could about Bruiser trying to find him a good home. We eventually met Bruiser and requested to foster him to make sure he would be happy with us. We knew after the first night he had found his forever home in our home. Kathy is just one of many that dedicate their time to helping these animals find loving homes.

The entire operation of this shelter is run by volunteers and funded by donations. The dogs and cats at the Humane Society of McCormick County are very well taken care of by volunteers. They walk each dog multiple times per day, each animal has a safe & comfortable shelter, toys, vet care, grooming and training as needed. When Bruiser was brought to the shelter he had heart worms. The volunteers raised money for the necessary treatments to save his life and nursed him back to perfect health.

What the generous people do at this shelter is truly amazing and inspirational. If you are looking for a dog or cat to add to your family the volunteers at the shelter will help you find your perfect match. Donations - supplies or monetary are well utilized so you can feel good about contributing and know that you are making a difference in the lives of the animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As most people do, I believe strongly in finding a pet through a humane society or shelter. I've been to others in my years, but never have I seen such dedicated staff and volunteers. The shelter itself is on a beautiful piece of property and the animals are so well cared for. And loved! They are responsible for bringing Lena into my life - and I couldn't be happier. The Humane Society of McCormick County is excellent!

1 vnickles03

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of McCormick County has helped me so many times I have lost count. They helped me find a rescue group for a senior bassett hound that was dumped in my neighborhood that had serious medical needs, (pictures below). They helped me find a rescue site to help me place my deceased mother's sharpei and I fortunate to get a certificate from them to have my puppy neutered and his first rabies shot. I think they are a great group of people with hearts of gold. I even had a fundraiser for my birthday on Facebook to raise money for this awesome nonprofit group.

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HSMC2000 07/11/2018

We appreciate all of your help. We still talk about that poor bassett hound and his tumor hanging down to the ground. Thank you for letting us know about him. And thank you for the birthday fundraiser. That was so kind of you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived in McCormick County for most of my life and I am so thankful for the Humane Society of McCormick. A few years ago they helped me find the right rescue group to place my deceased mother's Shar pei . I have reached out to them since then when our neighborhood was a dump site fora senior bassett hound with many health issues including a large tumor dragging the ground. Again it was a success finding a rescue that came a long ways to help get this baby safe along with surgery and health care he needed. I could go on and on of the times I have reached out to them for help and they always came through. God Bless each and every one of you who are there to help these babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet baby pit mix Copper from The Human Society of McCormick in January and could not be more pleased! The staff were amazing and helped us pick the perfect companion for us and our dog Bella. We were able to foster for as long as we needed to make sure he was a fit. It didnt take long! They bonded day 1 and hate being apart from each other. We still keep in touch with Human Society and share pictures as our little boy grows up!

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HSMC2000 07/11/2018

We love the updates and pictures!! Thanks for giving Copper a great home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Bear from the Humane Society of McCormick County in January.

We were so impressed with the level of care that the animals in this shelter receive. The volunteers do everything they can to save animals and get them into loving homes. Our dog Bear is eight years old and had many medical issues. Most shelters would have given up on him. But these wonderful volunteers were willing to fundraise for Bear's medical care and help him to have the chance to be a good pet.
We are so honored to have Bear in our home. He has filled a hole that we didn't even know we had. We thank the Humane Society of McCormick County for saving Bear and so many other dogs and cats.

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HSMC2000 07/09/2018

Thank you so much for giving Bear a loving home! These happy endings give us the fuel to keep doing more. And thank you for the kind words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've volunteered here and have also adopted from them. They were very helpful in helping me find the dog what was right for me. The way they're volunteers care for their animals is extraordinary. They go above and beyond to help these animals in any way that they can!

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HSMC2000 07/06/2018

Thank you so much! We appreciate all of your help. Love love love the picture. :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would go no other place when it comes to finding the perfect pet (dog)! McCormick Humane Society has an amazing process when adopting. I fell in love with Kamba ( a shy black lab mix) as soon as I saw him... but of course the volunteers & staff don't let you just "walk off" with the dog of your dreams. They make sure you and the pet are the right fit. They care so much about these animals and it shows. My perfect fit, Kamba, and I have been traveling the world together now for over 7 years and the lovely people at MHS have always kept in touch, checked in and followed our journey. There are many places around the world to adopt your pet from but McCormick H.S. if by far one of the very best! I can never thank them enough for their love and support!

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HSMC2000 07/05/2018

Thank you so much for giving Kamba a wonderful adventure and loving home. He was depressed and now when we see him, he is smiling and happy!

1 Valerie Cloutier W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We got our dog Allie at the HSMC she was dumped off in the back of a truck and it was super hot out thankfully a nice man brought her to the HSMC and they happened to be coming in for their monthly meeting. So in they come with her all wrapped up in a blanket. I had just lost my beloved loyal companion Viktor and was not ready for another dog just yet. So I told them I would hold onto her until they got out of their meeting. Well they got out and I said I would foster her so home she came with me. Well needless to say she filled a little piece of a broken heart for me but quickly became attached to my husband when the time came for her to go out on adoptions my husband asked me if I was going to keep her I was still terribly morning the loss of my Viktor I knew no other animal could take his place and they never will but I also could not part with our little Ali so I told said to my husband what do think he said well I will support your decision but I will cry if she leaves.....and Ali has NEVER left and continues to love us and has turned into a little person or at least she thinks she is. She is a love and beautiful little girl and of course has to sleep with us every night!

1 Kelly Hiller O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our sweet Chewbacca from this wonderful organization. They are top notch! Very professional and truly love all of the pets that they have. They want to make sure that each animal finds the best placement. We love our sweet boy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Heidi, our chocolate lab mix, in the summer of 2017 and brought her back to live with us in PA. She is now a spoiled rotten member of the family! The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Thank you to everyone for your commitment and compassion to the animals of McCormick Co.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Good first experience with my boys adopting Rico. Would definately recommend HSMC to anyone that wanted to adopt a pet!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm pretty new to The Humane Society of McCormick County, but in the short time that I have been helping out, I see a truly devoted and passionate group of people who understand the needs of animals and how to care for them as though they were family. The shelter is far away from a sizable town with limited funds and resources. To reach a larger audience they drive to Aiken, SC. Every Saturday morning, they get up at the crack of dawn, pull it together: dogs, cats, blankets, crates, pens, water and food bowls, etc. They somehow fit it all into one van and drive about an hour to PetSmart where they set up and show these needy creatures to potential candidates for adoption. I can't think of a better way to spend a meaningful Saturday and I'm sure that the other McCormick volunteers would agree--very touching as well. They demonstrate the finest character in both animals and humans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone is very helpful and super nice to all the animals in the shelter. I also love that this is a non kill shelter for the pets to be taken care of as long as they need it. All the volenteers are very caring and loving to the pets that soo need the attention

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from the Humane Society of McCormick County and when the time is right, I will adopt from them again. They take wonderful care of their dogs and cats. They care for dogs and cats that would otherwise have no place to go.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are now fostering a dog for the Humane Society of McCormick County and it is so rewarding. We know that we now know more about his personality which means we can be more helpful in finding him the right home. And he is playing with our dog which is good exercise for her. It is a win-win!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about The Humane Society of McCormick through a friend who was a volunteer. So when the time came for us to adopt another kitten I went to see what they had. I was extremely impressed with the amount of time we had with the kittens. We were allowed just sit in the kitten room with all of them and take our time deciding which one would go home with us. I was so impressed with the love and care of this entirely volunteer run organization that I wanted to help. I have helped with one adoption even and plan to help with more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became sub volunteer in 2009 this turned to be a permanent situation. This became the nest job ever (it not really a job). We save lives every day. We watch the little dog mean as the day is long and 24 hours later all cleaned up and tail wagging. Too may stories to tell. The story is all the volunteers that support this all volunteer organization. It does not matter the weather condition during each morning and afternoon shift to take care of the dogs. Or the person who willing to crawl under a vacant house to recuse puppies. The humane society just does what need to be done to help the dogs. We are proud to be an all Volunteer, No Kill shelter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is Lily our adopted dog from the Humane Society of McCormick County. She is now 2 years old and has come a long way from the shy and uncertain pup she was when we got her. The all volunteer organization is knowledgeable and fully discloses what they do and do not know about the dogs and cats in their care. It is so gratifying when a dog or cat gets adopted. I went from an adopter to a volunteer at adoption events. They are the most dedicated and compassionate group I have had the privilege of knowing and working with. Their generosity is truly remarkable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We cannot speak more highly of the Humane Society of McCormick County. The staff who helped us with our adoptions took the time to get to know us and that made it possible for them to help recommend a dog that would be a good fit for us. We are deeply impressed with the dedication and caring attitude of all the volunteers we have met. We often visit them on adoption day just to say hi. They are the best!

2 Jackie27

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had specific needs when adopting a cat. We needed a cat that was "dog savvy," as we have, and also foster, high prey drive dogs. We also have a doggie door so needed an individual confident and bonded enough to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Obviously not an easily found cat, so we waited and hoped, and then we got a call back from HSMC. They had a not to easily placed young adult cat because she didn't like other cats, but loved dogs. She also was very dominant in nature and not easily handled. She had what I now know is called a Tortitude. Long story short, Miss Kitty, was a perfect match for us! She loves our dogs and is a social member of their pack. She also gave herself a job which is teaching our foster dogs proper manners around cats, a job she thoroughly enjoys, lol. We were concerned there might not be a cat that could fit in our family, but thanks to the experienced volunteers at HSMC, we are thrilled with our Miss Kitty, and she with us :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In an economically challenged rural county in SC with no city or county aid for the homeless, neglected, and abused animals, this group of dedicated volunteers do an amazing job! With a network of foster homes and small, limited, outdoor, but well maintained, shelter facility, this society manages to be a no kill organization and provide low fee spay/neutering as well as adoption opportunities. For anyone who has been involved in rescue for any period of time, it is apparent that those accomplishments are outstanding as they stand, but they have even larger goals. HSMC has also managed to acquire land and is working toward the construction of a shelter with indoor facilities, additional exercise areas, and much more. When supporting this group you can count on your monies and time being well spent and well managed. I live in a neighboring county and have done only a little volunteering for this organization, but I have many years of experience with rescue efforts, and these people are exceptional in their efforts.

2 Jeanne A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most caring organization I have ever encountered. They go out of their way to care, love, and protect all the animals they save. My son adopted two dogs from them. They were very upfront in talking about the issues they had and made sure my son could handle them. They are now spoiled rotten and the loves of his life. My other son also adopted two cats. He took a while deciding which ones he wanted and the volunteer waited patiently and answered all his questions. This is exceptional for an all volunteer organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization stands out and above all others. I have recently retired and was looking for an avenue for my time. This is the most organized and passionate group of volunteers that all keep their focus on a single goal, to help the animals. A no-kill shelter that is totally self-sufficient with 100% volunteers and run by donations alone. I find I am excitedly trying to help the cause because the commitment of these people is contagious. The impact made on McCormick County is impressive and a godsend to homeless animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great facility. The volunteers really go above and beyond with all the animals, not only there, but in the entire community. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from HSMC during April of 2017. It was evident from the beginning that this is a very special group which takes great care of their animals. Before adopting, I had a chance to speak with several individuals and my dog's foster Mom at length about his personality and individual traits. Everyone made sure I knew what to expect from him both good and bad. He had several people interested and they took the time to make sure the fit was best for his needs. I was impressed with the amount of care he received at the shelter. The whole experience was amazing from beginning to end. They even took the time to follow up multiple times to make sure things were going well. I highly recommend HSMC. They really are a top notch organization that loves their furry friends!

bethfirce1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 11 years I've fostered for this wonderful group of volunteers. They provided food, toys, and other assorted accessories and all I had to provide was the love. All of the volunteers I've been involved with are kind and loving, not just to the animals but to their foster parents. You have to be a loving person to be able to do what they do every single day. The cat barn ladies show up first thing in the morning to clean, and feed all the cats and kittens, then stick around to play with them awhile. All of this is on their own time, which really impressed me. It always makes me sad when I have to let go of one of my fosters so I can't imagine how bittersweet it is for these people when they have to let go of another pampered dog or cat to it's forever home. There is a special place in Heaven for each one of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nine years ago we moved here from the north and immediately were introduced to the Humane Society. We began assisting with rescuing puppies, fostering them, and helping with adoptions. I have enjoyed every second in fostering their puppies and mama dogs. They provided food, paid for the vet visits, and I got to do all the fun stuff! I've noticed a huge drop in puppies being left by the side of the road since the spay and neuter program took off. Barbara, one of their longtime volunteers, goes to the elementary school to teach the kids about proper care of their pets. The McCormick Humane Society has changed this town for the better and continues to push forward. One day there will be no more homeless, abandoned or mistreated pets in McCormick.

2 Judy H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have fostered many dogs over the past 15 years and it is the most rewarding experience of my life. First, I get to know the dogs better because they are in my home and it makes it easier to explain to potential owners the dog's personality. Second, after being in a home, they are house trained and crate trained so they get adopted faster. I love knowing I helped a homeless dog find their forever home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud failed foster home. We fostered a shy, loving dog named Barrett and after a couple of months, we realized that he fit in perfect in our home and with our other dog. We made it official and adopted him. After he gets settled, we plan on fostering more dogs for the HSMC. It is very rewarding and fostering first is a great way to know if a dog is going to fit into your household.

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