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National Humane Education Society

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Our mission is “to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults.” In 1954, Alice Morgan Wright, NHES board member, wrote of NHES, “In 1948, we incorporated, a small group of us to carry on what we think is one of the urgent needs of our time, Humane Education.” Today, this urgent need is still with us and at NHES we address it through our programs services—all of which serve to educate the public and decrease animal suffering.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: (1) Humane Education & Advocacy, (2) Spay Today, (3) The Briggs Animal Adoption Center, and (4) Alliance Partnerships

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an older person I can truly say how very important the work at NHES is. I grew up in an era where often people had no real idea of the needs of their pets. It was not unusual to see dogs chained in yards, cats and dogs not spayed or neutered, and health issues neglected. The devoted staff at NHES is a major reason the cruelty that was once accepted as a norm is now exposed and the life of pets vastly improved. The educators work tirelessly both on site and through school programs to educate a new generations and show them a better, humane way to enjoy their pets. NEHS, through its educational programs, addresses safety concerns and encourages dog training. I have no doubt that NHES is making a huge difference in the lives of both pets and owners. Their facility is first rate and that they have a full time vet on staff allows the educators access to expert information on health and nutritional needs. Behavior issues are also addressed making NHES the authority on companion animals. Schools have an opportunity to have a free program presented by NHES professionals conducted with humor, compassion, and knowledge. Change the life of a child and a pet by visiting NHES on site in Charles Town, WV or scheduling a program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The NHES presenter's enthusiasm and material had the students engaged the entire time!
The information presented was informative and relevant to an over all theme to BE KIND- THANK YOU!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Megan Flinn and Megan Hessenberger came to our schools in rural New Hampshire to do a presentation on kindness in the classroom. The teachers and students will all equally engaged and excited to learn about the humane society, as learning about this is close to all of us, especially in New Hampshire. The presentation was not only very important for students to learn, but was done appropriately that students were understanding of animal feelings, safety, and careers. As I mentioned, teachers were just as thrilled. I was excited about the materials they provided to the school to carry through and have follow up lessons with students about animal safety and welfare.These lessons relate to other subjects taught in school. Both of these ladies were incredibly enthusiastic and professional, we are so lucky that they had an opening for us to come visit and I look forward to a visit next year!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for our first pet to add to our family. Katy, our adoption counselor, helped us through the whole process! From narrowing down what kind of dog would fit best in our family, all the way down to everything they would need to come home. They really equip you to be the best pet owners you can be, as well as helping your animal through the transition. We would highly recommend Briggs to anyone looking for their forever companion!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Megan Flinn, Megan Hessenberger, Minh Kilbride, Joshua Kilbride and "Apollo" the Therapy Dog are amazing! The Bethany Preschool staff and students always look forward to their yearly visit! They have an amazing way of connecting with the students and teaching them how to take care of and love their pets. We all enjoy it when they come to visit!

Donor

Rating: 5

Though I haven't adopted a pet from NHES (yet), I am a very proud donor and supporter of all they do for the animals. While they take in and care for abandoned and abused dogs and cats at the BAAC until they find their forever homes (and are 100% against euthanizing healthy animals! I know Marley has been there for a long time...), they've also partnered with other organizations like the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and have donated many acres of their campus to restore the habitats of local birds and butterflies. They are passionate, dedicated people, and their organization is doing great work not only in West Virginia and the DC area, but across the US through their humane education and advocacy efforts.

Peggy74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NHES uses direct methods and public education to help dogs, cats, other domestic animals, wildlife, and communities nationwide. NHES corrects and prevents threats to these groups, both by direct means (couseled adoptions, Spay Today programs, and animal rescue) and with widespread education programs that reach thousands of K-12 students and adults. Programs and workshops cover topics such as responsible pet ownership, the benefits of spay/neuter, dog safety and bite prevention, methods for teaching humane education/animal welfare, and address the importance of compassion and empathy in young students. In doing so, NHES shows thousands of people the practices that improve the lives of animals and communities at large.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started a kids humane education program at my local shelter along with a book buddies program
The response has been great. We even got the children t shirts for the club that say always be kind humane education kids club
Humane Society of Port Jervis&Deerpark

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hudson K-8 School in Birmingham, Alabama had the pleasure to experience NHES with both Ms. Megans and two adorable and unforgettable therapy dogs. Children from our Pre-School through 6 grade, continue to talk about the experience. Students and teachers learned the importance of kindness, respect, and safety when around animals and that was much needed. Thank you all for taking time to enrich our lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a retired single female I found my second 'career' volunteering at Briggs/NHES walking the dogs around the grounds. I started my volunteering as a way to give back to my community and ended up with a greater respect for the dogs & cats they shelter, and the hard work involved in carrying for these lovable animals waiting for their forever home. The staff provided an extensive training session for the volunteers before being allowed to interact with the dogs which I had not experienced with other shelters where I volunteered. I learned new methods that I was able to use with my own dogs at home and have a great respect for this organization and the charitable work they do every day. When I'm ready for another dog I will be coming to Briggs.

Garrett6

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were very helpful and kind, matching us up with a perfect dog. THe adoption counselor basically held our hand every step of the way, constantly texting and giving tons of information and pictures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sunrise Elementary School was honored to host The National Humane Education Society to our school. Megan and Megan were absolutely fabulous and delivered an awesome experience to our 900 students. The program was interactive and age appropriate. Their love and enthusiasm for animals was evident. Our students and staff absolutely loved it! In addition to the wonderful program, our teachers each received curriculum to continue teaching character education through animals in the classroom. Thank You!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Jack Russel from Briggs and shared 5 loving years with her. Kindle was a bundle of vitality and she was the boss of our Golden and our Wolf Hound mix along with 3 cats. Briggs did a wonderful job of guiding us to find the right dog for our family and spent time and effort to be sure we were a good fit.
Also we have used Spay Today program to neuter our dozen barn cats, they made it possible for us to keep our community under control responsibly.
Lastly, my Dad used to volunteer to spend time with the cats in their home at Briggs and everyone was a winner!
We are fortunate to have Briggs in our community.

Angie86

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted all 3 of our dogs from Briggs. Our adoption counselor Kristy Curtis has been imperative to helping us with everything from food to behavioral issues. She made it known from the beginning we could call her for anything and we have. We know the staff from the kennels to the office staff work so hard to take care of these beautiful little beings until they find their forever homes. I can't recommend them enough. They truly care about making sure that all of the animals are going to safe, happy homes. You guys rock!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NHES helped me to find my beloved dog, Red. They spent the time to find the perfect match for me and made sure it was right for Red, too. The adoption counselors took my needs and lifestyle into account when introducing me to potential pets. I remember her saying, "I think I know just the dog for you." They were so right! Red has changed my life and I'm so thankful to NHES for putting us together. I will forever be in their debt.

Aside from my personal experience, I know NHES to be a responsible and well-run nonprofit. They use the funds they raise with the care and respect their wonderful donors have come to expect. Their work to make this a more humane world is truly admirable. They save the lives of so many beautiful animals and are helping to educate future generations so that the world is a kinder place for all animals.

To all the staff - from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a young dog from this facility. From start to finish, we felt like our adoption counselor became part of the family. It took us to few dogs to find "the one" and she guided us every step of the way. They have such a wonderful facility that we knew each animal was being studied and vetted to make sure that they were placed with the right family. And each family was studied as well! Our children were even retaining the education our counselor was giving at each visit. Our adoption was smooth, our new dog healthy and happy, and he has been such a joy to our family. We were so impressed with the detailed paperwork that came with him upon his delivery from just-in-case "lost dog" signs, to medical records, medicines, food, a blanket, and even "new dog in house" signs to post on our front door. We are recommending this facility for any families looking to share some love in their life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a community program at Briggs (NHES) to help plant trees on their wonderful campus and also took the opportunity to visit the facilities and tour the animals, along with my family. Having visited other animal facilities in the past, I was so pleased to see how first-class the Center is. The cat room is great - wide open and airy, with cats able to freely interact with visitors and allow the visitors to really see 'what they are like', how affectionate are they, etc. There were also numerous 'toys' and climbing areas for the cats to play on. The kennel area is also really well laid out with easy viewing of each of the dogs, who have access to runs outside for fresh air and exercise. For our next family pet, we will definitely be back !

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an amazing experience! Megan and Megan were so helpful from beginning to end. They were very organized in setting up the presentation and flexible to meet our school's needs. The students loved learning about how to care for animals and were engaged the entire time (which is difficult with elementary students!) Megan even asked us what character education we wanted to target and changed the presentation based on the age group. We are incredibly thankful for their presentation and welcome them back anytime!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to the members of NHES for coming to our small town in Mims, Fl and educating our young people on the importance of animal care. There is no shortage of problems in this area, especially with pet abandoning and high kill percentages in our local shelter. I am so grateful for the wonderful and inspiring program that was presented to our students and for the instructional materials that were given to our staff to continue the lessons in kindness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Fred, from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in 2010. I received full information and ongoing support from the Briggs staff until Fred got comfortable in my home. I continue to volunteer at Briggs in their huge Cattery area. A very large number of cats live in the Cattery which has lots of entertaining toys and furniture for the cats to play and relax with. I believe a job requirement must be that the applicant love animals. All employees show affection and concern for the cats in their care, which is awesome to see. If a cat doesn't have an individual home, then Briggs is definitely a safe haven for the rest of their life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three days ago I adopted Eddie, a four year old terrier mix. I knew he was destined to be my dog when I saw his smiling face on an online animal website. I knew it even though he was in an adoption center four hours away from my home in Pittsburgh. What I didn't know at the time was Eddie's backstory. He had come to the center as a skinny stressed animal- a dog forced to live in confined areas with large unruly pitbulls. Apparently Eddie decided the best way to escape the daily attacks was to jump the fence. Instead of removing the offending pack of pitbulls, the owner placed the onus on Eddie. and decide he should be put down. I know this harrowing story because of the detailed history kept by the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, an organization that functions under the umbrella of The National Humane Educational Society in Charles Town,WV. Eddie thrived under the kind, watchful eyes of the people who work at BAAC. His wounds healed, he gained weight and his loving calm personality shone. I can't thank them enough for saving Eddie and taking a careful deliberate route to adopting him. He is perfection incarnate. I already love him and I feel certain he knows he is home.