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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 shelter, no city or county run shelter, and no veterinarians. The 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 281 dogs and cats in 2019! (113 McCormick County owned dogs and cats free of charge to those who qualified for it, 97 HSMC rescues, and 71 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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Judy H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted both my dogs from the Humane Society of McCormick County. I love them both and I wouldn't adopt from anyone else!

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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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Kathy Kuhlman S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Volunteers at HSMC are truly angels! My son and I met Willa the week before the pandemic hit. We thought she seemed like a good fit with our other hound dog, Blue. He’s a little picky about other dogs, but we thought a friend might help him while we were at work and school. We arrange a meet and greet for the following weekend. Jeannie and Marchelle were amazing! After meeting at PetSmart, they brought Willa to our house and spent the afternoon with us. Willa and Blue hit it off and Willa seemed to love our house with dog doors and yard. Willa had been at the shelter for 18 months and had delivered 11 puppies while there, so she was well-loved by volunteers, but she hadn’t had a “home”. We started with a “foster to adopt” situation. I love that they do that! Not every match is going to be right! Willa was pretty nervous the first several days and was aggressive toward some service folks who came by the house. Jeannie cried with me as we struggled to decide what to do. We eventually figured out that Willa was right for us! Jeannie and Marchelle checked on us often. I still get texts from Jeannie. She’ll send pictures of Willa’s puppies and I share pictures of Willa, right at home. I couldn’t recommend the HSMC more. What a lovely group of volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My girls and I went to Petsmart one day just to look around and instantly fell in love with our beagle Jack . He had the sweetest and most loving demeanor ! We weren’t looking to adopt but we couldn’t help but fall in love . We have had him since January and he fits right in with our family ! Jeanne was wonderful helping us and we definitely recommend McCormick Humane Society got adoptions !

1 Ashley D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

About a year ago I was in Petsmart picking up one of my dogs from the groomer's. I noticed the adoption event and thought it couldn't hurt to take a glance of the pups as I walked by. An adorable beagle caught my eye. His name was Winston. I walked by a couple more times before I finally made it back to the grooming department. He was cute but I wasn't looking to add a third dog to the mix. I already had 2 rescue dogs. This however did not stop me from going home and immediately looking up the humane society's website and Winston's information. On their website I learned Winston was 6 years old with some health issues. His info also stated he needed to be an only dog while he went through his heartworm treatment. So I knew that wouldn't work out with my two other dogs. This knowledge however did not stop me from continuing to visit Winston at the adoption events every Saturday for about 3 or 4 weeks. I was surprised week after week when he was still there. One day I started chatting with the ladies about him. During our conversation I told them I would take him home in a second but I had 2 other dogs already. They informed me he was feeling much better and had been having doggie play dates and was doing great! From there we slowing introduced Winston to my dogs and everything went very well. They agreed to let me foster him to make sure it was a good fit for everyone. It was! I officially adopted Winston after 2 weeks of fostering ...even though I knew after 2 days. He became part of the family immediately. It's been a wonderful year with this little guy. He's got the biggest personality, loves food and falls in love with every small dog he meets. He's spoiled rotten and has a dog bed in every single room of the house. We also got the amazing news this year he is finally heartworm free!
I can not say enough wonderful things about this organization and Winston's adoption process. They truly care about all of their animals and making sure they find the right home. The Humane Society of McCormick will always have my support, they are all amazing people and a wonderful organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been without a dog for 18 months, when a former colleague posted a message on Facebook about a dog she had adopted from The Humane Society of McCormick County. This set me to thinking about adopting another pet. I got in contact with Jeannie Kocik to see what pets were available and finally she mentioned “little Lillie”. We went up to McCormick to see her and she was indeed little (but is no more). We brought her back as foster parents and eventually adopted her officially on March 10, 2020.

Since she has been a part of our family she has grown tremendously and is very well behaved. She especially enjoys the back yard and loves her walks here in Hitchcock Woods (Aiken, SC). We had a DNA test done on her and found she is 50% Pit Bull and 50% Retriever, probably lab. She is doing well at home and has been to dog training. Right now she can sit, drop and leave alone.

We would like to thank the entire staff and especially Jeannie for working with us to chose the right animal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When the Corona virus hit, we started thinking about getting a dog to take our minds off things and help with the boredom. We heard about a dog at the shelter that sounded like what we wanted. We started by fostering it for about 2 months before deciding to adopt, and we're glad we did. She arrived at the shelter with a broken leg, which looked like it was caused by abuse. We were a little afraid that she might have trouble trusting people after that, but she quickly found that we weren't going to hurt her and has become very affectionate. The HSMC had the leg fixed, had her treated for heartworms and chipped. We can't say enough about how caring the people at the HSMC were with her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked for VCA Animal Specialty Hospital in Columbia, SC. One day this little shepherd puppy comes in and I see he's having a hind limb amputation. Of course I feel sympathy for the little guy, so I stick around to pet and talk to him. I ask the surgeon what's happening, and I'm told quite the story. His hips were horrible, his right leg had been fractured but the break had already calcified. His left leg had already had one surgery already, but the surgery didn't work out, so the only option was to amputate. After hearing the entire story of this puppy, I felt so many things: sympathy, anger towards the story of how he'd gotten hurt, surprise at how a puppy could be so brave and still so kind after all he'd been through. I fell in LOVE with this puppy. The surgeon suggested I adopt him. I thought about it as I went on with my day. I just couldn't get him out of my mind. This poor little soul had nowhere to go, no family, his healing process was going to be long and he just needed a forever home. So! I get the number to McCormick Humane Society and talk to Jeanie. She was very kind on the phone, but I could tell she's very protective of the animals, which I very much appreciated. After talking and getting to know Jeanie, she said she thought I'd make a great fit! So home with me he came! It was the "lets see if he is happy here" phase. I may have neglected to tell my husband that we have a new family member coming lol. My husband was weary at first. We have 5 cats and one other dog, but after about a day, my husband also fell in love with this boy lol. We named him Piers, and once Piers healed up, he was quite the happy boy! Hes very weary around new people, but we make a point to socialize him. Today, he is an unstoppable little tornado! He is wonderful and perfect! He brings so much laughter and love into this home! His best friend is our cat Drift, who was also a rescue I took home from VCA. Its like they know! He loves car rides, he loves running around and playing! Not too much of a bath fan, but its ok haha! Our other dog loves him, they play all the time, we go everywhere together. I haven't met Betty, who paid for his surgery, but if she reads this, please know that you are loved and we are very thankful for all you've done! You saved a little soul that is so beautiful and loving! From our home, Thank you!! We need more hearts like yours in this world!! I'm grateful for McCormick for giving us the opportunity to adopt Piers! These women are wonderful and they do so much and give such a strong voice to the animals in their care! We need more hearts like theirs in this world also!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In November of 2019 we adopted our Frankie from The Humane Society of McCormick County. I am impressed by how well this Humane Society is run by a group of efficient and very caring people. I'm grateful to still feel connected to them by their Facebook posts and comments. They want to know how their adoptees are doing, and I love that. This is a very well-run organization with top-notch volunteers. Thank you, Humane Society of McCormick County!

1 seekingsix

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We never thought to ask if there was any help for unwanted abandoned animals when in 1998 we relocated to rural McCormick County. Soon after moving to McCormick I went for a walk in the woods and in passing met a man who told me to be careful as there were packs of wild dogs that roamed the woods. Seriously? In our day and age to have packs of wild dogs in a populated area? I didn't believe it! Then one day I saw it. How could that be?! Shortly after that I was leaving town when I saw a little dog in the road and cars going around it. The tiny puppy was injured and it was only a matter of time before he'd be hit because it was obvious he couldn't move. I was going on a trip so I couldn't keep it and after unsuccessfully trying to find it's owner I stopped at a nearby store to ask if they could help. The clerk called the police. An officer came and took "Taco" (yes by that time I'd already named him) in his big hands and I asked where he would be taking him. He said, "I'm going to shoot him". OMG! THAT was NOT going to happen! So I quickly took Taco out of his hand and straight to the vet. That's when I knew if we were going to continue to live here then something had to be done. I was not alone in that thought. After much research a "no-kill" effort was organized, recognized as a SC charity, attained the 501C3 and the rest is history. Better known now as HSMC with 20+ years in action this self-supporting entirely volunteer organization is doing all it possibly can to curb the flood of unwanted and abandoned animals within the county while trying as well to raise enough funds to do so. It's a small army of volunteers that are truly a very special breed of folks as they are the most dedicated, giving and selfless people around. They perform mini miracles many times over and ask for no recognition for their kind acts. They are always in need of money yet grants are hard to come by especially for a small effort such as is this. It seems that the majority of grants go to the larger cities. Over the years they've had many fundraising efforts yet it's always a challenge to stay afloat. Although I am limited in my volunteer efforts with this organization we are so very grateful for those who do.So often people don't realize the service these volunteers do for the county either. Thanks to the spay/neuter program and rescue efforts there are no longer packs of wild dogs roaming the woods, rarely are there ever animals seen running along the highway where they could cause an accident, and for the greater part animals abandoned in a neighborhood are no longer a threat to the children that play there. In all innocence folks see an incredibly friendly animal and they don't realize it could have rabies...yet HSMC has had two rescues of rabid dogs. So you don't have to be a lover of animals to not recognize the service provided to have a safer community. Unfortunately that is something many, as did we when we lived in a city where animal control was a given, take for granted. As pictured my husband and I have been blessed by HSMC rescues of two beautiful cats and in the past 16 years there has not been a single day that our furry babies haven't made us laugh and brought so much joy in to our retired lives. In our experience these rescues just bring their own love with them and it's a blessing hard to measure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can you can imagine living in an area where your entire county has no animal control, no shelter, no help what so ever for abandoned or unwanted animals?That is McCormick County, a very poor area of South Carolina. And so enters the 100% ALL volunteer, no-kill effort called the Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc. These volunteers are fully responsible for not only helping these animals but also raising all the money needed to care for them! They are remarkable!!! They receive not one single penny from city, county or state yet in 16 years of effort they have managed to only recently move the cats and dogs from outside pens to a cat and a dog shelter they've built in the past two years. They have not lost site of what no-kill is as their spay/neuter program remains a priority and they managed to alter apx 500 animals just last year. It's an on going process and this organization, it's volunteers and its leadership could be used as a standard for other no-kill efforts. They are truly selfless going out in rain, snow,utterly ugly conditions to tend to these animals, they'll drop social commitments to help an animal in distress, and they literally plan their lives around the needs of this organization. There truly are no words to adequately express the good they do for the county and its animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I moved to McCormick in August. The first thing I wanted to do was to volunteer at a shelter for animals. Our moving truck was delayed a week so we stayed at Hickory Knob State Park. Not having much to do, we toured McCormick. We stopped at a restaurant and immediatley made friends with several individuals. In our conversation, I mentioned how much I wanted to volunteer at a shelter. Just then, an individual came into the restaurant and guess what? It was the person I was to contact for the shelter! Talk about things happening for a reason and being in the right place at the right time!

So I called the shelter that afternoon and set-up an appointment to tour the place. I will tell you that I was in "AWE" at what I saw. There was such a loving and caring atmosphere. I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do. I was so impressed with the operations of the shelter. Every pen is cleaned inside and out twice a day. Every dog has their own caranada bed with blankets, toys and fresh water, and their own pool that gets refreshed each day so they can stay cool when it's really hot. They are walked twice a day and when I say walked, I mean a long walk in the beautiful wooded walking trails that were created just for them! The main hallway is mopped daily, dog bowls are washed with detergent and bleach twice a day as well as towels and blankets. There are outside pens for enrichment where volunteers can sit and play with them and do some training.

There are protocols in place for scheduling, medical, records, marketing, fosters, intakes rescues, maintenance, training and enrichment, grants and events. I was just so impressed I couldn't wait to volunteer!

It's been eight months now that we've been volunteering. I can't imagine not being there to see the dogs and the other volunteers. We've been without a dog for the last two years and it was time. In September, a new dog came in and both my husband and I fell in love with him, his name is Pierce . We fostered Pierce via field trips to our duplex and walks on the SLV trails. There is a vetting process to foster. You can't just take a dog. They want to know who you are, and ensure the saftey of the dog. On January 18th we offically adopted him!

I wish I could adopt every dog that we get. But I will tell you that all of the volunteers have relentness passion for them; nothing but love, comfort and dedication for these animals. While they are not in their forever home, the shelter and its the volunteers make them feel as if they are. I am so proud to be apart of the McCormick Humane Society! I encourage and invite anyone to come and see how special this place is. You won't want to leave!

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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.

3 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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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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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!

2 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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of people with bigger hearts than the volunteers at HSMC. Their love and dedication for animals is truly genuine and inspiring. I am so glad that I am able to be a part of this organization, and I have loved every minute of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to McCormick County in 2010. Within 2 years my husband of 47 years passed away. I was alone and recalled how I had enjoyed having a cat in my life over the years. I started looking at PetFinder and fell for the picture of Jesse. She was available through the Humane Society of McCormickj County (HSMC). They are devoted to not only the animals but to the adopters and potential adopters. They made me as a new "parent" feel like I was part of their family and if I had any question/probems, I could just give a call. Which I had to do early on because Ms Lucy was nearly a year old and had socialization problems. The HSMC volunteer worked with Lucy and me and we are now very happy together. After enjoying her for several months and following some of the HSMC activity on social media, etc, I realized that I could give back to this wonderful all-volunteer organization as a volunteer myself.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have lived in McCormick for over 20 years and have watched the HSMC grow from a very small group of volunteers into the organization that it is today -- a group of committed dedicated people who love animals and give of their time and talents to protect and provide for the dogs and cats of the county. There is some heartbreak but a lot of joy associated with this work and I stand in awe of their dedication. They have gone from a group that housed dogs in pens behind a fire station to one that has acquired land and built a bricks-and-mortar dog shelter and a temporary cat shelter, while they work toward something more substantial for the kitties. I adopted a kitten from them last summer, feeling it was the least I could do to help them and the animals. Harlee has been a joy and I love her dearly. Thanks go to all of the volunteers, dedicated and underappreciated. You are my heroes.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

(http://www.mccormickcounty.petfinder.com)
Joy

When I retired I moved to a very rural area of the south. I learned there was a small, all volunteer group of retirees who formed an animal rescue. They did this because there is no animal control, no veterinary services and no county help for unwanted or lost pets. I began by walking dogs, cleaning up after them and playing with them. They gave me so much joy from the tiniest puppy to the biggest goofball. I soon began volunteering my Saturday's to travel by caravan with all the dogs. It takes us just under an hour and a half to reach a decent sized pet store. There we wait in anticipation to see who would find their forever home.

Nothing brings me more satisfaction to follow an animal from a skinny, flea ridden and often times shy, mangy dog, to a warm and happy home. We have endless hours of fundraising and when necessary pitch in to buy gas, food and veterinary supplies to make ends meet.
This is a meaningful way to spend my time and gives me an opportunity to give back to those who were lost. I’m glad I found the Humane Society of McCormick County.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really, really LOVE HSMC. I have had such a nice experience volunteering with them. The volunteers feel like family. They were so kind and welcoming to me the first time I volunteered. They have the cutest and sweetest dogs and kitties. If you're considering adding a furbaby to your home, I HIGHLY recommend checking out HSMC's adotable babies! Pictured below is one of their sweet pups that was adopted out a while ago! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Humane Society of McCormick County for 3 or 4 years as a volunteer. I have been involved with the walk and feed of the pets and foster mom also. They are a wonderful group of caring and kind people whose 1st interest is safety for the dogs and cats. We are a non profit group so many fundraisers are necessary to keep the group going. I am proud to be a part of this organization

Kathy Az.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for adoptions for the past year. The people I work with during adoption events are the most caring people I know. Everyone cares about the dogs and they all get lots of loving. If I were on the market for another dog I would definitely use McCormick County! I know their dogs and cats are healthy and get a lot of loving and interaction.

3 SVoigt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the reflective Thanksgiving season approaches, and this little foster kitty at my feet attempts to climb my legs in search of a warm lap, I want to thank the Humane Society of McCormick County not only for the rescue of this little guy but also for giving me the chance to share in his future.

The HSMC doesn't just rescue and shelter their animals. They make them a part of their family, each animal receiving love helping them begin the process of being the best pet an adopter can hope to find.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I too am a volunteer for the HSMC and reading the other reviews I can only agree with all comments! What I did not realize when I began volunteering 3 years ago was how in need of a rescue shelter, spay & neuter program, medical care for lost (mulitple state parks w/camping) and abandoned animals and an adoption campaign the county is. As stated by many, there is no animal control officer in this rural county where animals are not always treated as they deserve. Too many sad stories to share. All we can do is rescue, care for, love and ready them for a forever home. We cannot change the animal control situation in our area but we can change the lives of those lucky animals we rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the last twelve years since the minute I relocated to the South from Long Island, NY. It was a dream of mine, to volunteer to help animals in my retirement. I found my calling immediately on visiting the little outdoor facility which housed approxmitely eight outdoor kennels which sometimes held doubled up dogs or full litters in very small quarters. With the work and energy of a small town, we managed to build a shelter for unwanted, abused, and uncared for dogs. We have been operating our shelter for two years and are busting at the seams. We are hoping to generate enough funds through donations to build a cat barn to house the overwhelming number of cats of McCormick County. Our dream continues..........................

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer from Aiken for five years at Aiken PetSmart adoptions. Every Saturday this group of amazing and dedicated people at HSMC fill two vans with dogs and cats and drive over an hour (one way) to the PetSmart in Aiken with hopes of finding forever homes for them. And that's only a small part of what they do for our furry friends. Every day they lovingly care for them, socialize and provide obedience training, run a successful spay/neuter program, hold fundraisers and go to local schools to educate our youth on the importance of responsibly caring for their pets. This is all done with only volunteers, donations and fundraisers...pretty remarkable!!! I feel extremely privileged to be a very small part of this exceptional organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for HSMC a little over a year ago and have been amazed by the commitment and compassion of the all of the people who are involved. They genuinely love every animal and make sure that they are going to good homes. I am proud to be associated with this group!

2 Yvonne D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Aiken PetSmart adoptions Saturdays for the Humane Society of McCormick County and also a dog foster mom. I met this group in Aiken and started volunteering almost two (2) years ago. They are a very dedicated group of people that does everything possible to help find fur-ever homes for all the dogs and cats. They are a NO KILL shelter and made up of 100% volunteers so the funds raised goes to helping the animals. I enjoy going to the adoptions, spending time with the dogs, being there when one finds their new family and meeting people. You can't go wrong with the Humane Society of McCormick County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSMC is a wonderful organization and is made up of a great group of volunteers that have the interest of the animals at heart. I have been thinking about volunteering to help an animal shelter and wasn't able to decide on one. Two weeks ago I spoke to some of the HSMC volunteers at the Aiken PetSmart Adoption and decided I'd like to help out. If I lived closer I'd help out more than at the pet adoptions in Aiken. The next pet I adopt will be from them. You couldn't ask for a better group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with HSMC has been a very rewarding experience. Every animal that comes through is well loved and cared for. The volunteers don't stop until an animal has found a loving, forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization! We adopted two kittens and they were wonderful with following up with us after we returned home. Their volunteers were so helpful with teaching us how to incorporate two kittens into a three dog household. I am very impressed with how this organization is run and their love of animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In one of the smallest, poorest rural counties, with no laws or county personnel to back them up, this group of all volunteers with little experience have educated themselves and their community and changed the entire dynamic of animal care in this county. I am a wildlife biologist involved in animal rehabilitation and dog rescue my whole life, and I have never encountered a group so ready to adapt to each situation and each citizen while keeping the welfare of the animal front and center. Every penny of your support will be maximized, and the need is still so great.

4 Jody34

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful place, run by great people that put the animals health and care above everything else. The people at The Humane Society of McCormick County go above and beyond to find good, loving safe homes for animals in need. Very clean and well run, not only going the extra mile for the animals, but also taking the time to get to know and educate the adopter. If you need your faith restored in the goodness of humanity, then visit The Human Society of McCormick County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one NO KILL shelter that does whatever it takes to give animals a chance. They are always on social media posting opportunities just like this one for people to come along aside and be a part of helping animals. They never stop looking for means to educate and inspire people to advocate for animals. Enough said.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was around 7pm late September and my significant other and I were just about to turn down our street and head home, after a 4 mile run we squeezed in between rain storms. We noticed something on the side of the road about 200 yards past our street. Curiosity got the best of us and we went to investigate. We searched where we though we saw something and soon heard some whimpering. We found a small 6 week old pup hiding behind a tree, soaking wet. We scooped him up and hurried home, somehow along the way he got the name Taco. As luck would have it we are neighbors with with a volunteer at HSMC who provided us with food and sound advice that first night we had Taco (with plenty advice more to come). We took Taco to the vet at 8am the next day. About an hour after we got back from the vet our neighbor visited us again to check on Taco and let us know that the Humane Society was going to allow us to foster Taco, and they would provide food and cover his vaccinations. That lasted until Thanksgiving, when we signed the paperwork to bring Taco into our family. It was because of the selflessness of that volunteer, who stopped what they were doing to help us and this animal, that we started volunteering. As time progressed while we volunteered, it became apparent that all of the volunteers at this no kill shelter are as committed to the animals as the volunteer that helped us that cold wet September night.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a shy dog about 6 months ago and it has been a wonderful experience. The HSMC was very helpful about how to handle a shy dog and they were very clear about his medical and physical needs. He is opening up to me and my wife and we are glad he is a member of our family. He is a great dog and I have the HSMC to thank.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to foster a dog over Christmas in 2006. I was given this small, thin, timid, but very sweet pitbull mix. She gained weight and gained confidence after the first month. I didn't realize how difficult it would be too find a home for a pitbull. She was so well behaved and so sweet and I knew she would make someone a great companion. They took her on many adoption events before she finally found her forever home. I feel very good that I helped this sweet dog become more adoptable because she was housebroken and healthy.

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HSMC2000 02/20/2011

Charles, thank you for fostering Lady and for writing this review.

5 Vicki57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 years with HSMC NO KILL SHELTER has been so rewarding, not just because of the incredible people I have met, but the feeling of giving & helping all the unwanted furbabies that come in all shapes & sizes & need us to love them & make them feel they are wanted...I started volunteering when we had a low small shed we stored the food in & when it was raining the only part of you that was covered was your head. It would be cold & wet, very miserable I might say, but when you saw the faces looking at you so appreciatively & lovingly, it made it all worth it. The ALL volunteer effort is beyond words & I love them ALL...also am enjoying our newly built shelter...warm & cool...
I will also add that most of the volunteers are not spring chickens,no offense guys,you are great...!