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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Briggs is an amazing place! I am a former employee and also an avid volunteer and adopter! We got one dog and two cats from Briggs. One of our cats was born with eye issues and Briggs arranged surgery for her and she is doing great!
Some may say the guidelines are too strict, but they really are not - they are there to assure that the animal will stay in its new home and that both the adopter and the animal find the right fit and will be happy with the choice.
Briggs doesn't only help the animals it has, but also donates food to local food banks and helps out other rescues and shelters.
There is no better place to go if you want to adopt an animal!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The welfare of animal's is NHES' top concern in everyday they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

BRIGGS goes above and beyond caring for animals. Their thorough adoption process and ability to get to know the adopters and adoptees to make a great match has proven to be the Blessing we call Fiona. She was named Fanny in the shelter, but we now call her Fiona or Looney on most occasions. This redbone coonhound has been a loving addition to our pack. The staff at BRIGGS remain supportive and when we have visited for fundraisers or Alumni events, she is well received and lovingly remembered. She runs into the center like she owns the place. We had medical issues with Fiona after her adoption and Dr Kerfoot and the staff were very supportive and helpful in her needed care(she was orig surrendered to the shelter with foot injury) The staff and counsellors are all so knowledgable, patient and thorough. The facility is clean, well maintained and has a great outdoor area where we brought our pack of 5 other dogs to introduce to Ms Fiona. On a scale of 1-10 and 10 being the best, I'd say of all the shelters I have been to, I give them a 10+. Thank you BRIGGS for all you do and we will be back for more when we can. Philip and Theresa Shenk--Berryville , Va

Client Served

Rating: 5

Briggs Animal Adoption in Charlestown, West VA is the very BEST!!!! The staff is extremely friendly, dedicated, patient and works tirelessly to find the right pet for you. We have adopted 2 dogs from them, Dexter, a 95 lb. chow/shepherd mix in 2003 (who lived a beautiful, long and happy life till the ripe old age of 13) and Fenway, a 1 yr. old, 42 lb., border collie/hound mix who we adopted this past September 2016.
The staff at Briggs worked with our family and current dog Gatsby, (a 2 yr. old border collie mix) to find the perfect match for us all. Our family feels complete again after the loss of Dexter. . . the house is full of life and we all couldn't be happier. I can't tell people enough how happy these animals make me feel everyday. Adopting a pet is the best thing you can do and Briggs makes it all possible :)

Laura346

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Mingo (nee 'Arnie') in July 2016. We had said goodbye to our beloved older cat earlier in the year, so we were worried about finding the right fit. Mingo has settled in wonderfully and is a doting (and extremely patient) 'little brother' to our toddler daughter. Briggs stressed the importance of finding the right pet, and we never felt pressured into making a hasty decision. Being able to take our daughter in several times to visit helped us find a pet that was right for our family. We loved our visits, and we would recommend this place to anyone looking to welcome a furry family member.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Adopted 5 year old Drake from Briggs. This was our 2nd experience working with this shelter. It was just as enjoyable as the last time, 9 years ago. Thank you so much to Jess for all her hard work, and patience with us. We also heard from them many times after he came home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family visited Briggs on a sheer whim. We are new to the area and didn't know anything about the place but had passed by it many times. We decided to stop in one day to kill some time. We could not have been more impressed by the cleanliness of the facility itself, the large pens, the cat room (AMAZING. Literally zen, I'll never understand how many cats can live in one place so peacefully) and overall friendlines of the staff. One dog in particular caught our eye. We weren't really in the market for a dog, but we felt a connection and decided to pursue it. Our adoption process took several weeks- which I think was really wise. We were required to visit with the dog at least 3 times to ensure a match, but as we have 3 children under the age of 6, I was hesitant and wanted to have several additional visits. The staff was more than accommodating and understanding and allowed us to take as much time as necessary to feel comfortable. When he did finally come home I believe he adjusted much more easily because of these visits and his established familiarity with us. He was brought to us with food and medications and paperwork to get us through the first few months and the transition was truly seamless. I don't have enough good things to say about Briggs. I truly believe that it's apparent they have the animal's best interest at heart. They absolutely will not adopt an animal just to get them out of the center and free up space. Life term placement is the goal, and when time and care is taken to ensure such, good results ensue. I would 100% recommend this adoption facility.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our elderly dog passed away about a year ago. Ever since then our three children have been dying for a new family pet. We went to about three animal shelters, and didn't really fall in love until we found Durgan. We knew right away that Durgan had to be ours. We visited him twice and still felt the same way. Brigg's staff helped us get all the time we needed and they really helped us with our decision. Durgan has now been at our home for one day, and we love him. Durgan is a great addition to our family. Thank you, Briggs, for helping us complete our family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Holly from Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charleston, West Virginia in July 2003.. The process was easy and the people were caring and considerate to both us and the dogs that we saw. They take care of all medical needs be it shots, teeth cleaning, etc. for dogs and cats to be adopted. We return to Briggs for the "reunion" that they hold every year in October.

Our point of contact in adopting Holly was a lady named Connie, who later came to our home to see how we all were doing. That is the kind of dedication Briggs shows to all of its animals. We will definitely adopt from there again.. As Connie left our house she said to Holly, "Holly, have a good life," We can assure her that she has.

Margie and George Dellagiarino

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a multi-cat, multi-dog household. Of the 15 animals I have had, 8 have come from Briggs (the other 7 were "happenstance," street dogs and stray cats, for example). I adopted my first animal from them in the late 1980s and my latest in 2013. Briggs is my "go-to" place when I decide to adopt another animal. As other reviewers have noted, they go out of their way to try to match adopting parents with the right critter for them. They have a good facility for allowing an adopter's current animals to interact with the potential new animal to make sure they get along OK. They also have rescued animals from horrible situations--one of my dogs was to be euthanized that day in high-kill shelter before being rescued; another dog of mine was previously kept chained in a back yard; another dog of mine spent the first years of his life in a hoarding situation; one kitten of mine was born under the hood of a car to a stray cat. Briggs tries to educate owners who are not taking proper care of animals and if that doesn't work, try to convince them to turn them over to their organization to find a better home. The educational efforts also help set them apart from many of the other humane societies in the area. I believe so strongly in their mission that I donated my recreational vehicle to them to turn into an animal rescue and travel vehicle for their educational efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Briggs and it is a very well-run, clean facility. The staff is very friendly with the intentions of taking extra-special care of the animals in the hopes of finding them well-placed homes. In the process, I found the most precious little beagle mix and since losing my minpin 5 months earlier, my heart was ready to love another fur baby. The adoption process was very thorough including checking references, insuring the dog accepted humans, cats and other close family dogs that he would come in contact with, ending with a home safety inspection. The dog that I adopted, at an extremely reasonable fee, was neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and had his teeth cleaned. He arrived at my home with his remaining meds and a generous bag of food which he was accustomed to eating, and his next flea and tick treatment. He is the best dog I could have hoped for.
The rescue is located on many acres and has fenced in runs for the dogs, a large fenced and double-gated play yard, and lots of land to walk the dogs. The cate also have indoor and outdoor areas with lots of climbing and play areas. It is a first-class organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted Gizmo from Briggs Animal Adoption Center in Charles Town, WV in April 2013. He is our sweet, spoiled rotten, lovable little boy. The process of adopting from Briggs could not have worked better-both for Gizmo and us. We met with several dogs, and felt we had made a choice. It was hard because we wanted them all!! We had a second visit filled out the final paperwork and scheduled the delivery of our new family member. Briggs staff brought Gizmo to our home and checked with us via phone over the next several months in case we had any questions or concerns. We take Gizmo back on Alumni days and will definitely use Briggs should we decide to increase our furry family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We discovered NHES/Briggs Animal Adoption Center when we were looking to adopt a small dog. They had a large variety of small dogs on their website, so we thought we'd give them a shot. After perusing their website, I already had the dog in mind that I wanted to see that day; a neglected, tough little boy that had been at Briggs for over a year. I was determined to take home the dog that no one else wanted!! When we walked by his cage, he threw himself on the door and was practically foaming at the mouth, but I was determined to give him a try. The staff was so helpful and patient with us the entire time, and after about 8 different visits to see our little boy, we decided to make him a part of our family. Briggs was so helpful and supportive throughout the entire process, and even delivered the dog right to our house so that they could do a home visit when they dropped him off. Our baby has come a million miles from where he was before, and even lets people of all ages pet him now! We are so thankful for Briggs and their persistence on finding our little baby a good home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my first dog from NHES (Briggs) in the early 90's. I am now on dogs 4 and 5. Each time, the staff has gone out of their way to make sure that the dog and the person adopting the animal are right for each other (at least as best as anyone can judge). That has included visits between the potential adoptee and other dogs already living in the home. Before the dogs are adopted out they are given wonderful care to include all medical issues. My last fellow was adopted out while still ill because he was not getting better in the shelter - the medical staff continued to take care of him until he was cleared. They truly care about their animals and I would recommend anyone thinking about adopting a cat or a dog - go to visit Briggs and spend as much time as needed with the animals you are interested in - a unique opportunity not afford by all rescue groups.

Kim_252

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our hope was to find a new dog and instead we found the love of our life! THanks to the great folks at Briggs we are taking walks and sharing our life with the loving little sheltie mix who has stolen our heart. BRiggs great people made the adoption process so easy. God bless them for the wonderful work they do.

Faye3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 14 year old Border Collie Mix had passed away a year before, when we found Biggs Animal Adoption Center. We looked at large and medium dogs with the assistance of our counselor, Sara. As Senior citizens, we realized that a small dog would be a better choice. Sara said she had the perfect dog for us. Loxie had been tied up in the yard, and the family moved away. After she was rescued and arrived at Briggs, they realized she was pregnant. The Briggs Vet took her home where she gave birth to eight healthy puppies. When the puppies were weaned, Loxie and her puppies came back to Briggs where we adopted Loxie, and all the puppies were also adopted. The people at Briggs are warm, kind, and generous with their time and help! Our dog, Loxie, is smart and sweet, so we could not be happier!

Advisor

Rating: 5

This group has participated for the past 3 years in my Career Day Program at Wright Denny Intermediate School. They always come on time, prepared, energetic, and ready to engage with the students here. I think they are a valuable asset to our community and share important information with students about being kind to animals and possible animal-related careers. I am the School Counselor but that is not a choice in the drop down menu below.

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.

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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.