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The Humane Society Of Washington County

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To raise funds and awareness to save, protect and advance the lives of the animals of Washington County.

Results: Since 1994 we have spayed and neuter over 12,000 animals in our community. Since the inception of our foster adoptions program in 2014 over 2700 puppies, dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and others animals have been placed in loving forever homes.

Target demographics: Our demographics cover most of East Tennessee, we assist all of our surrounding shelters as they become overly full and pull animals that have the least likelhood of being adopted and bring them into our programs to make them adoptable.

Geographic areas served: Animals arrive in our organization from all over East Tennessee and are placed into foster homes. We work with all shelters in the surrounding areas receiving animals from them that are less adoptable such either from neglect or anxieties associates with living in a shelter environment.

Programs: Low Cost Spay Neuter, Low Income Spay Neuter, Foster adoptions programs for owner surrender and assisting local shelters by brining less adoptable animals into our foster adoptions programs. We are committed to becoming a no-kill community.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Washington County in Johnson City, TN is an absolutely wonderful place with even more wonderful staff members. I had been searching and trying to adopt a Dachshund for a few months when a friend of mine came across their website and a post about a Dachshund mix that the humane society had. After filling out an online application to adopt, the staff members contacted me almost immediately and kept in touch extremely well to insure that I was connected with the dog, Latte. I was pleased immensely with the dedication and communication from the people who work here and I'm so happy that I was able to find them. I love my little Latte and am so glad she now has a forever home with me.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Washington County works endlessly to rescue and find homes for our community's animals in need. Everything they do is so heartfelt and with an effort of doing what is best for the animals. They have a goal of becoming a no-kill community. The Humane Society of Washington County provides foster homes and medical attention to homeless animals, until they can be adopted out to wonderful permanent homes. They also help provide low-cost spay/neuter to the rescue animals. The staff and volunteers devote hours and hours of time and resouces for this worthy cause. Their work depends soley on private funding, memberships, individual donations and fund raising. Every dollar is used to its maximum.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be involved with this amazing organization- The Humane Society of Washington County. The volunteers are tireless in their willingness to put in hours for animals in our community or to come up with creative ways to raise money to benefit animals. I particularly enjoy the Dogwood/ Cattail ball. I have loved participating in this event within the community. I have also been able to help with setup and see first hand all the hours that go into planning, setup, securing items from the community for auction, and the creativity and dedication that go into planning an event like this. The recent addition of the shop within their building to sell merchandise for animal lovers to raise money to help the animals in our community is a wonderful . I have enjoyed seeing their items set up at various festivals this summer. Also, I cannot say enough about the dedicated fosters that truly save lives by opening their homes to animals in need. I know several of these fosters and they always find a way to take one more. Knowing these animals are safe and loved until they find forever homes is a huge comfort to me. The constant adoption events have helped so many animals find forever home. The Humane Society is truly making a difference in our community with their work and philosophy of low cost spay and neuter.
Jennifer N. Burgess- teacher and volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first encountered the work of the Humane Society of Washington County when a colleague who knew I liked cats told me about the cat foster program they had started. I’d had cats my whole life but after having my children, I was afraid I had developed an allergy to cats and didn’t have any for 10 years. I was telling him this story and he suggested I look into fostering because if I found out I really couldn’t handle indoor cats, I didn’t have to keep them. I now have 5 foster ‘fails’ and have fostered many kittens/cats until they have found their furrever homes. I also have a dog (for the first time in my life) we adopted from the dog foster program through the Humane Society. The commitment of the staff and volunteers is nothing short of phenomenal. Their dedication is second to none and our community is better for their work. When I see what they do to care for the animals in our community, I am blown away. Their trust and support of me as a foster “mom” gave me the courage to take in a kitten that had been burned and to help him heal. I never would have thought I could do that, but the Humane Society staff and cat committee co-chair never wavered in their belief in me. That’s the kind of people they are and they are what makes the Humane Society such a quality organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with the Humane Society has always been very pleasant. The staff is kind, and very dedicated to saving the life of each animal that crosses their path. Our community has been very blessed to have such a great organization like the humane society. They provide so many great services to the people in our area. One example is the spay and neuter program, which makes it possible for anyone in our community to get help with the cost of spaying or neutering their animals. So THANK YOU to all the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see what a group of individuals who love animals will do for them. I am so impressed with The Humane Society of Washington County in Johnson City, TN
I began volunteering last year and saw first hand how hard these volunteers work to do their part to prevent overpopulation of domesticated animals. The animals are cared for and the population is educated to help prevent homeless animals. Kudos to this special team of angels.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group cares for the animals of our Community. They need more Community members to Volunteer, so more tasks can be accomplished. Whatever your interest may be, there is a place at the Humane Society to utilize your talents.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They have a great spay neuter program that is helping decrease the number of unwanted pets in our community.
Their wonderful foster families have cared for hundreds of cats and dogs. My own sweet girl came from this program so I am forever grateful!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization to work with. Animal safety and welfare are a priority with them. Fur babies, horses, pigs etc are rescued, fostered ,spay or neutered (another top priority) and are found loving permanent homes. Awesome staff, volunteers and community participation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Washington County is a hard working organization dedicated its spay/neuter mission and its foster/adoption mission. The organization has a large number of volunteers and fosters who devote a great deal of their time to the Humane Society's missions. The frequent adoption days conducted by the humane Society are effective to place animals with adopting families. Most importantly, the Humane Society is making it possible for animals to have happy and healthy lives which would not happen without the Humane Society

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost a dear Shihtzu last year (1 of 4) and it really devestated our family. Early this year my wife noticed a picture of a beautiful little dog on Washington County Humane Society's Facebook page that was up for adoption. We immediately called them and then went in several times to plead our justification for adopting her as we were sure she would be taken to a new home quickly. What a tremendous staff we were fortunate enough to work with in our need for this little girl! The offices were beautiful and they couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We were fortunate enough to be selected to adopt little Nala and she took to her new home and three sisters immediately. She is the new joy of the family and we couldn't be happier with our Humane Society!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted a wonderful dog from the Washington County Humane Society. He has been good therapy for us, and now we can't imagine life without this little rascal! The folks at HSWC were wonderful to work with and very helpful. I highly recommend them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and foster parent for this rescue for several years. They truly care about the animals in this community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As an animal rescuer and lover for as long as I can remember I was excited to join the board of The Humane Society of Washington County. Through this organization I have been able to apply my passion of saving unwanted animals and giving them a chance to find homes with loving families who do want them. Our foster homes incur no cost. The Humane Society pays for all vetting, supplies, food and any additional resources needed. Foster homes supply time and a huge chunk of their heart. Also, through the organization we offer two spay and neuter programs, one low cost and one low income to our community. We educate the general public about how important it is to spay and neuter their animals. We make it affordable for individuals to have their animals altered. TNR is also a very important program that we are having success with. The majority of neighborhoods which have feral colonies allow us to return them to their colony and care for them. For those areas who do not want them back we have developed a barn cat placement program for the ferals. The Humane Society also looks for every avenue to keep animals in their homes rather than go to a shelter. Sometimes, it's as simple as they don't have the money to feed their animals so we opened a pet food bank. We have also partnered with our local meals on wheels group to provide pet food for seniors as well. We work with all shelters in our area, not just in Washington County. We take animal surrenders from all over. We have much work to do and want to expand our spay neuter outreach to surrounding counties in the near future.
The Humane Society of Washington County does not receive any government funding, or monies from national organizations. We are able to provide these services only by donations, grants that we receive and fundraising that we do.
If you want to be part of a growing group, who is passionate about animals, join us.

1 CindyRobinson

Board Member

Rating: 5

I honestly can't say enough positive things about our work. Our Organization has changed so much during the past few years. We've went from helping our Community with a low cost spay and neuter program to saving hundreds of cats and dogs through our Foster programs. We now have a TNR program to help Community Cats, a pet food pantry, helping Meals on Wheels, hosting low cost Community Clinic's, and working with Northern Rescues to transfer foster dogs and cats. We also help our local Shelter by transferring dogs to Northern Rescues.

There is a place in our Organization for everyone! It truly takes people from all walks of life to help a Community become No Kill. We'd love to have you on our Team! Go online and sign up to be a Volunteer, share your passion and talents with us and the Animals.

Sincerely,
Cindy R.

1 Terri98

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Roll up your sleeves and get to work. There is so much to be done to help make connections between the animals in need and the people who are willing to help them. A community of like minded people who have a the same goals of improving the lives of animals through medical care, awareness and availability of spay and neuter programs, and finding them a good match in a permanent loving home. It is a great opportunity to enjoy puppy breath, kitten antics, and games of fetch.

Someone once asked me, "How many animals have you fostered?" A long time ago I kept count, then I just lost count, but I keep pictures on my phone and I remember the stories about each one. The sweet little dachshund who was turned in because she was "just too old" found the perfect home with two other older dogs. And Batter the hound who tested positive for heart worm always looked forward to belly rubs and toys until he finally recovered after a long treatment. A puddle of puppies will always make you smile. And sometimes the best couch accessory is not a pillow, but a puppy.

If you enjoy making a difference, working with people and animals, sharing stories about rescues and fosters and happy endings, then the Humane Society of Washington is the place for you.