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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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! :)
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
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.