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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 402 dogs and cats in 2016! (125 McCormick County owned dogs and cats free of charge to those who qualified for it, 136 HSMC rescues, and 141 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

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.