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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

91 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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

We were so thrilled to have Megan and Megan represent the National Humane Education Society to our elementary school's afterschool Compassion in Action Kindness Club in November of 2016. The goal of our group is to work to extend kindness in our community in as many ways as possible.

NHES was gracious enough to join us to present educational curriculum for our students and leaders for a full 90 minutes. The representatives centered the discussion around personal safety and kindness towards animals, an important subject we hadn't yet explored in our club. In addition, the students were thrilled to see Megan and Megan had brought two adorable puppies along from the shelter that were available for adoption, giving all our students a valuable hands-on experience of interacting with an unfamiliar animal.

Our leadership team and volunteers were very impressed with the passion and commitment Megan and Megan brought to the table. They are true professionals in every sense of the word and provided meaningful and useful information our students could use on a regular basis. Megan discussed sensitive information with ease and gave our students ideas and scenarios to think about both now and in the future.

It is both the NHES and our Kindness Club's goal to change social outlooks when it comes to the humane treatment of all animals. Megan and Megan are excellent ambassadors working towards this goal. We look forward to working with them and the NHES in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a little girl (many years ago now!), I lived in the small town of Sterling, VA. Also living in that small town was a wonderful lady who took in and cared for homeless animals. Her name was Anna Briggs and her home was called Peace Plantation. Since Peace Plantation was located near my grandmother's home, I was allowed to walk there from time to time, and Mrs. Briggs would allow me to follow her around as she cared for the dogs and cats. She became my hero because I had never met a kinder, sweeter lady, and her love for all the animals she had saved was clear to see. Time passed, I grew up and had other interests, and Mrs. Briggs and her animals moved away. Many years (about 45) passed, and one day on my way to work, I heard an ad on the radio about Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town, West Virginia. I wondered if it could possibly be the same Mrs. Briggs. I called and asked if it was, and sure enough, her grandson, Jim, told me my childhood hero (she was in her late 90s by then) was still active in the lives of animals. The very next weekend I took my grandson with me to visit BAAC and to see Mrs. Briggs again. What a wonderful place! I immediately wanted to volunteer so that I could be a part of their amazing work. I felt like I'd come home again! And later, as we sat together in the beautiful cattery, my 10-year-old grandson said, "I think this is what heaven must be like." I'm sure the cats who live there would definitely agree with him!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

About 5 years ago my family decided it was time that we brought another dog into our lives. When we came across the National Humane Education Society / Briggs Animal Adoption Center near Charles Town, it really changed the way I looked at adopting a pet. It's not a place that you can walk into and then walk out 5 minutes later with a dog or cat. They take the time to make sure that the adopting family is a good fit so that the dogs (or cats) get a great forever home. We interviewed, found a young dog (Jayda) that we adored, and then scheduled to come back with our other dogs and all of our family members. Once the counselor determined the chemistry was good, she scheduled a visit to our home to see that it would be a safe and happy place for our newest 4-legged family member. I was really impressed with how much care and attention the entire staff put into helping the dogs and cats at Briggs find a forever home. I can't recommend this particular adoption center enough. They did a great job and we couldn't be happier with Jayda.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted several dogs from Briggs. The counselors were very helpful and knowledgeable. I was very impressed with the facility and staff. If you are considering adopting a cat or dog I would recommend Briggs.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This facility is great. The staff and volunteers love and respect the animals. The adoption counselors are great to work with and make sure all animals go to good homes. NHES offers great educational programs including a summer camp. I highly recommend this center if you are considering adopting a dog or cat.

1 Ashley180

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this facility. I've wanted to be part of this facility since I first saw it. I started volunteering immediately after I became of age. Mr. Taylor has done a wonderful job ensuring life for this animals is a paradise while they wait for their forever home. The nhes workers do more than just tend to the animals while they wait for families. They try endlessly to get every animal in the home they deserve.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have been volunteering at the Briggs animal shelter for the past three years. What a blessing it has been to volunteer with such a caring and committed staff and dedicated NHES educators.
Just recently we adopted an older husky mix that was rescued by Briggs from a remote kill shelter in WV. The process was very smooth and our adoption counselor checked on our adopted dog several times to see how he was settling into his new forever home.
Last summer my son was attending their "Cool to Care Camp" which is run by the NHES, and he learned so much about caring for all types animals (not just dogs/cats). Megan F. and Megan H. were awesome facilitators dedicated every single day ensuring that all the children had fun, learned something, and built new friendships.
The facility is one of the best I have ever seen. It is clean, organized, and every single staff member is always willing to give you a hand. They truly love their animals, and they want the best home for them. We also had both of our GSDs spayed/neutered through their fantastic stay/neuter program. The counselor made all the appointments and assisted us throughout the process.
We also had the pleasure of volunteering at the local elementary school with the educators, Megan F. and Megan H. They teach the children how to care for dogs and cats by playing fun games, singing wonderful songs, and baking doggy treats for all our four-legged friends.
The Briggs Animal Shelter is top-notch and a vital resource to our community. We are so grateful to have such a wonderful facility with dedicated members and volunteers always committed to finding forever homes for all our furry friends.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 6 year old had an amazing time at the Cool to Care Camp held at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center this summer. Megan H. And Megan (the camp counselors) were friendly and engaging. My son couldn't stop talking about everything he learned there. And for a couple weeks he wanted to be an "animal Doctor" when he grew up (that's a long time for him to stay stuck on being anything but batman!). Thanks for the great experience National Humane Education Society!

Client Served

Rating: 5

From my first dog adoption in 2001 to my most recent adoption in 2016, I have been a strong supporter of this organization and all that it does. Their Humane Education program provided throughout our Nation is superb and the Cool to Care Camp held at the facility is well received by the kids who attend. The highly successful Spay Today program is run by a dedicated staff that helps area pet owners receive low cost neuter surgery at various local veterinary hospitals. The Briggs Animal Adoption Center is staffed by compassionate kennel attendants and adoption counselors. Maintenance of the facility is top notch. With a veterinarian on staff, the animals receive the medical attention they need when they need it. Cats and dogs that are residents are fully vaccinated, vetted and spayed or neutered on site. I am proud to be a part of this organization by volunteering much of my time both at the facility and in the community, spreading the word about all the good work that is done at the National Humane Education Society, Spay Today and the Briggs Animal Adoption Center.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 special needs dogs from Briggs. The Rottweiler spent most of her life in shelter before I found her. She was adopted before but returned when the the person couldn't handle her. Without Briggs it is likely none of my dogs would have lived to find a forever home. The education delivered by Briggs and the NHES teaches people how to be better stewards of animals and humane treatment of others. I wish there were more organizations like Briggs and NHES.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first visit to Briggs was with a family member, who was interested in adopting a dog. I was quite impressed with their process, as they go to considerable lengths in order to ensure the match is a good one for both the adopter and the dog (or cat). 'Charley' was adopted, and has had a great home ever since.
A few years later, I spied a photo that Briggs had posted of Gifford, and it was instant love! We went to visit him, and learned of the life he had endured before being rescued. Due to his background, he was extremely shy, but the staff had been working with him to help him come out of his shell. Giffie has now been a part of our family for nearly 3 years, and I cannot imagine life without him.
I am now a volunteer, and love taking part in their events such as 'Footin' For The Animals', 'Pedals for Pooches', and visiting various pet boutiques and stores with some of the adoptable animals.
The love for all the animals and care given to them by the staff members is exemplary. I especially love knowing that being a no-kill facility, each and every one has a home until they find their 'forever family'.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My review of The National Humane Education Society is offered from an uncommon perspective. I am and have been an employee of the organization for many years and have adopted numerous animals. I have, in fact, known of the organization and been involved in different capacities for over 35 years. I can remember details of the facilities from nearly 40 years ago and while they were much smaller and limited in comparison to the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, the cleanliness, order and absolute commitment to the animals have been constant. As an employee here, in a non-management type position, I see the reality of the the day to day operations. I see the many people who come here with an injured or unwanted animal, the vast number of those who have adopted pets and return just to visit or attend the annual Alumni Day celebration. I see the many, many people who bring their pets to utilize our low-cost spay and neuter program. There are many volunteers who regularly come to spend time with the dogs or cats, or those that help with the various fund raising or information events. There are quite a few of the clerical or administrative staff who bring their own pets to work. It is normal that when an animal has been adopted and is ready to be taken to it's new home, the receptionist will announce over the p.a. that this particular animal is leaving for their new home and if any staff wants to come say goodbye, come to the front lobby. There is always a group of those that have cared for the animals directly that come to say goodbye. I see the truck loads of food and supplies that arrive regularly, the extensive and detailed procedures for cleaning and feeding. The special diets, the dog isolation/ intake building, the bathing and grooming room, the feline areas with walkways, climbing trees, the Education building for teaching events and fundraising events. There are vehicles to rescue and adopt pets with, machinery to maintain the grounds and facilities, the well-appointed vet room and full-time vet for in-house animal care. I see the many hardworking coworkers, the sometimes ill or injured incoming animals, the ongoing display of photos in the break room of newly adopted animals and happy owners. I see the stress in upper management when operating funds are not enough, the difficulty in telling another person we are full and cannot take in more. I could go on but my point is this, from my perspective, this organization is consistently and continually working to better the lives of multitudes of animals and, indirectly, improving the lives of many people. Briggs Animal Adoption Center is in Charles Town, WV, and I would invite you to arrive on any given day, during our open hours, and look to see if what I have outlined is true. If you do come, you will be pleased.

Review from Guidestar

1 Ellen84

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years, I have adopted 3 dogs from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, which is under NHES. Every experience was wonderful with caring staff who go the extra mile to ensure the right fit for both the dog and myself. Couldn't ask for a better place for the animals while they await their forever home!

3 Lisa579

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter went to the Cool to Care Camps twice, and really enjoyed herself there. While she was knowledgeable about general animal care, given that we own two cats, she always learned something new about animals and their care. She enjoyed being able to work with some of the animals at the center, and the ladies who do the camps were more than able to keep the attention of a group of preteens and early teens. Both years were very positive experiences for her.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

NHES is by far, my favorite animal charity; I first came aware of NHES about 20 yrs ago. They have taken from me 8 dogs that I have rescued & found homes for every one. I have come to know the principals personally & they would never, ever do anything but wonderful things for their animals; When no other animal organization would even respond to my requests for help, Jim Taylor,now the President helped me rehabilitate a German Shepherd by sending me funds to pay a dog trainer. I think so highly of them that they are in my, and my wife's will for a substantial amount. In addition we have made arrangements with NHES to take any animals that we have upon our demise and care for them until their deaths.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

What percent of the donations go to administrators and what percent to help the actual animals?

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago, we pulled into the Briggs parking lot. I was scared to enter the facility, not understanding that this is a no-kill rescue facility, the dignity and care with which all the animals are shown, and the welcoming, helpful staff. Octavia, named because she gave birth to 8 puppies after being rescued, sat calmly in her area while we walked up and down past all the dog areas and was given an introduction to each one. When asked if there was a dog that we would like to meet, we immediately said, Octavia! Her soulful eyes looked deep into my heart and touched me in a way that no dog had ever done. Our wonderful adoption counselor helped us understand that we could bring Octavia into our lives, even though we already had Rubble, our cat, in our home. Without going into detail, Octavia rescued us rather than us rescuing Octavia. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the facility and the staff at Briggs.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first interaction with Briggs was in March of 2001 when I adopted a wonderful Big Benji-type terrier mix from their shelter. Hudson had some issues not the least of which was that he despised cats. We already had three felines in our household. It appeared to be an impossible situation but with help from Briggs in behavior modification training we were able to change Hudson's attitude toward the cats and everyone lived together peacefully after that and Hudson remained a very good boy until his passing. Our home now includes two cats and one dog adopted from Briggs along with our sweet sheepdog. Our recently adopted dog is considered a special needs guy because of his shyness. Again with the help of Briggs' counselors our guy is making great strides. He attended the alumni event a few weeks ago and showed his developing bravado to the delight of the Briggs staff (and me).
I have participated in the fundraising events held by Briggs. Many of these events include pet participation (walks/runs for example) including many dogs adopted from Briggs. The camaraderie among staff, volunteers and participants is heartwarming.
It is a privilege to volunteer for this organization and especially to attend outside events at such places as Lowe's, Petco, Tractor Supply and farmer's markets where I can not only introduce the public to some of the wonderful dogs available for adoption but can let people know of the awesome job done at Briggs. Adoption counselors get it right by interviewing everyone who will be living with the potential adopted dog and encourage famiies to bring other pets to the center to test the interaction. Once adopted the counselors are available whenever needed to answer questions. Dogs and cats leave the center with current vaccinations, a supply of flea/tick prevention, food, information to register the microchip and the animal's health records (all are spayed or neutered) prepared by their full-time staff veterinarian as well as useful behavioral commentary added by staff throughout the time the animal's stay at Briggs.
I live about 30 minutes away from Briggs but it is worth the trip for me to drive either to the center or the Buried Treasures thrift shop to volunteer. Working with such a dedicated staff is pure pleasure and I am proud to play a small part in helping this organization succeed in its mission.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Briggs for almost 2 years and I have loved every bit of it. Sometimes I feel like a celebrity because when people hear I am from Briggs they instantly light up and gush about how much they love Briggs and everything they do. I have heard dozens of happy stories and met tons of ex-Briggs dogs, now in their "forever homes". Briggs is a no-kill shelter, which is AMAZING. You know that these animals are going to find a great home. While I am just a volunteer, the people that actually work at Briggs treat each of these animals like their own. They work hard to find the right fit for each of them. They also work with them to correct some of their bad habits so they will have a better chance of getting adopted. These people would do anything needed! I am amazed every day how loving they are.