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The Humane Society of McCormick County

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: The Humane Society of McCormick County is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization formed in September 2000. It was created to help McCormick County, South Carolina residents and animals because McCormick County has no animal control shelter, no city or county run shelter, and no veterinarians. The HSMC is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to placing animals in humane environments, and to promoting responsible pet ownership including spay and neuter.

Target demographics: animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: We spay/neutered a total of 281 dogs and cats in 2019! (113 McCormick County owned dogs and cats free of charge to those who qualified for it, 97 HSMC rescues, and 71 trap-neuter/spay-release.)

Geographic areas served: McCormick County, South Carolina

Programs: "No more Litters, Fix your Critters" - our free to low cost Spay/Neuter program. Since we do not have a clinic of our own, we fill up our van with cats and dogs from county residents and travel to a clinic in the next county. Sometimes we even do a second run. Having animals spayed/neutered is the only way we are going to get handle on the animal population. Our program is helping this entire county from the residents to the animals.

Community Stories

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 14 years at this rescue. I was a volunteer from its inception. I have adopted 3 dogs in the last 14 years. I walked and fed and cleaned pens for 11 years. I no longer volunteer weekly, but as a sub, since I am getting on in years. I have never worked with an organization that is so caring and so committed to saving animals as this organization. The volunteers are passionate about saving the dogs and cats of our county. We have no animal control in our county and without the Humane Society of McCormick County with their spay/neuter program the amount of dogs and cats not being under control, due to not spaying or neutering and just being let out into the wild would be in the thousands. I am proud to be a part of this organization.
Karen Hoyt

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most caring group of people I have had the opportunity to work with. The time and effort they put into taking care of the feral cats and rescue animals is amazing. It is a labor of love, and it shows in all the volunteers that work tirelessly to make a better life for all the unwanted and abandoned animals. Their future is much brighter thanks to these fine people.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a resident of McCormick County for three and a half years and a "dog walker" for the Humane Society of McCormick County for a little over a year, I'd like everyone to know that this organization is full of the most dedicated volunteers ever. Because we receive no government support, the volunteers work constantly to raise the funds to care for our abandoned or homeless dogs and cats. This is a major effort. No fund-raising event (yard sale, dinner, nut sale, etc.) is over before another one takes its place. This requires hours of selfless dedication to our animals. We have no paid staff. Through the support of our community and these volunteers, we are able to provide veterinary care, food and shelter for our animals. We are a no-kill shelter that even has a very successful trap-neuter-release (& feed) our feral cats. It never ceases to amaze me what this group accomplishes. And we are so successful at finding forever homes for our animals as well. I can't tell you how much I admire what the HSMC does. It is a truly great organization.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Th McCormick Humane Society is full of the most dedicated volunteers. They have done a wonderful job of providing a shelter for both dogs and cats. Strictly volunteer with no funding from county. Willing to go out of their way to help. Very devoted to their cause.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has done so much over the years for the animals in McCormick.
Everyone works hard to protect the animals and get them a forever home.
They now have a new place to stay which keeps them warm and dry till they are adopted.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently relocated to the McCormick area and I was surprised that there was no governmental agency for animals here. Thank goodness for the hard working individuals of the Humane Society of McCormick County who give untiringly of their time and energy to provide for the homeless animals in our community. I am continually amazed at the efforts by these volunteers to provide homes and shelter for so many poor animals who would otherwise starve. When the shelter is full, they find neighbors who are willing to provide foster care until the animals are adopted. On Saturdays, they drive to other towns to spend the day making efforts to find good homes for these sweet animals. The volunteers have wonderful fundraising efforts as well, creating fun events that the entire community enjoys. I can heartily commend this organization for their hard work.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is comprised of volunteers only, who are passionate animal lovers in a county with no services whatsoever for strays and unwanted pets. Through vigorous, non-stop fundrasing they have built a modest cat and dog shelter, aggressive spay and neuter program and high success with rehoming hundreds of dogs and cats. Can't think of a better way to contribute back to society and advocate for those who share our planet.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

!st I have to ask the reader of this review if you can imagine living where there is no animal control officer, no shelter funded by your municipality or one that gets any monetary support what so ever other than the money that is raised by the 100% all volunteer effort that is the ONLY help in the county for abandoned or unwanted animals? That is the situation in McCormick County, SC. I live in this county and can tell you that without this group of volunteers we'd be inundated with animals unwanted and suffering. They have saved literally thousands of animals from being born unwanted through their spay/neuter program which allows for those who have bigger hearts than they do pocketbooks to get their animals altered so they stop producing unwanted animals. They've managed in only 15 years from start to finish to build both a dog and cat shelter and they've done this by raising money through fundraising efforts, some grants, and donations from the general public. Additionally, they have found forever homes for many animals and have done this through their no-kill policy. This humane effort is truly an incredible group of folks who work tirelessly to educate, rescue, rehabilitate when needed through their nurturing ways, and place in loving homes all those animals from within our county who have needed help. I thank God for them all every day & pray they will continue to stay strong.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about the McCormick County Humane Society. Everyone I've met has a passion for giving all animals good health and a good home. My neighbor and now friend, has been a volunteer with them for over 10 years. She devotes herself above and beyond what most people would ever consider doing in order to help ANY animal. Every Sat. she volunteers at the pet adoptions, 45 minutes away from her home. She fosters animals, she has paid out of her pocket for medical care for neighborhood animals, she helps friends/neighbors when they need assistance with their pets, she helps fund raise and she stays involved in community issues relating to pets. She is just ONE of their volunteers.

When I mentioned that I was ready for another dog, she immediately had one in mind that she thought would be a great fit for us both. BELLA was brought into the shelter after being found by another animal lover who wasn't able to take on a fourth dog. Bella had more energy than I knew how to handle. My friend/volunteer not only gave me suggestions, she gave me many toys, loaned a crate to me and frequently followed up on me. Most impressive was that she came over in the evenings to take Bella for a walk when I was working. This was far and above what I could have ever hoped for in a friend or volunteer. Again, she is just ONE of their volunteers. From her stories, all the volunteers sound just a dedicated as she it.

I've had Bella now for 2 1/2 months. She is the light of my life and makes me smile more than I can say. She goes to day care while I'm at work and we both come home exhausted. She's allowed on the sofa now and thinks she is in heaven. Thank you so much Judy for being a great person and thanks also to Lisa for making sure Bella wouldn't remain a stray by bringing her in.

1 Matt66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is am amazing organization that is doing wonderful things for the community. They are making peoples and dogs lives better on a daily basis. It is organizations like these that truly make the world a better place.

2 Kathy167

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't know where to begin. We live in the woods in McCormick. One day my husband was mowing the lawn and he heard the sound of an animal in pain. He went walking through a forestry path and a dog came running up to him, he put his paws and my husband's shoulders and starts giving kisses. We don't know where he came from, but he was approximately 3 yrs. old, black Shepard with light brown socks, his eyes were the same light brown color. He brought him back to the house and we noticed metal things hanging off him. I called the police department and it turned out he has been tasered . I called the president of the humane society and he quickly put us in touch with a vet to surgically remove these things. All the while the volunteers stayed in touch with us and after a week or so they took him under their wings and found him a furever home. While doing this for any pet, the volunteers are VERY thorough with potential adopters to be sure the pets are going to a safe home. Homes inspections are done. Because of this my husband and I volunteer by feeding and walking the dogs and going to adoptions on Saturdays. I am continually amazed by the commitment and caring of the volunteers from fundraising to adoptions to spay neuter and most important educating the community about pet care.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

McCormick Humane society is a no kill shelter.The volunteers are very nice and also hard workers.The place is very clean and all the animals are up to date with shots and heartworm treatments.I was very impressed at what I saw the day I visited them..I have rescued several dogs myself and I hate to see animals that people dump on the side of the road or in someones front yard.I know when anyone takes a dog to them they research anyone that wants to adopt that pet before they release them.I really feel good about this place..

Lisa349

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to say how thankful I am for The Humane Society Of McCormick, South Carolina. Someone had came through my neighborhood and dropped of a beautiful young female dog. I took her in and kept her for several weeks trying to figure out how I was going to care for another dog. I have three myself and really couldn't afford it. My mother and I took Bella to the vet to have her checked for health issues as well as shots. She was in perfect health. I emailed the HS of McCormick and they quickly responded. They stepped up to the plate by taking Bella, having her spayed and gave her lots of love and attention, until they found her forever home. I was very impressed because the staff were so caring and they reassured me that she would do great. They have the cleanest facility that I've ever visited, along with excellent care, love and affection for the animals there. I know if I ever need help again, they will be the only shelter I'll call. Thank you HS of McCormick for everything you do!!! You have the best staff and volunteers I've ever met!!!

Lisa Stanley

3 Michelle220

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have several run ins with the human society of McCormick..My mother was struggling to take care of two dogs outside and 4 cats on the inside . They brought by food several times, they helped to get both the mother and daughter fixed , then at last when moma could no longer take care of them they took them and found great homes for them..

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a part of this all volunteer organization. The HS of McCormick County has made amazing progress in this small, rural community toward educating residents about the importance of spay and neuter. I help out at the pens and as a foster home for dogs and I have had overwhelmingly good experiences. Other volunteers are just a phone call away, and always quick to help solve any problems. The recently opened cat barn is a new part of my childrens' and my week- what a great experience for them to be able to volunteer and take responsibility for creatures in need. I am proud to have this organization as part of my community!

2 Michelle171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mom and daughter both help out with hsmc. They LOVE it!! They stay busy walking the dogs and have even fostered. I live in Michigan and stay on top of all the events that go on. My son has helped with the dogs when he goes to visit his grandma and grandpa. He loves spending time with the dogs walking and playing with them.

3 Tom_50

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we moved to McCormick in 2008, I knew that the one organization I wanted to be involved with was the Humane Society. It was a great decision. I've been on rescues, gone to adoption events and walk the dogs every week. (Fostering Bridget was a blessing and because our adoption team is so caring, I know that she found the perfect home.) The volunteers of Humane Society of McCormick County in SC are a remarkable group of men and women. All volunteers who give generously of time and money. I am proud to be a small part of this group.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the McCormick Humane Society Shelter about a year ago when we first moved to SLV. Unfortunately, my back problems have kept me away from the pens for awhile and I miss all the dogs terribly. I have never met such a dedicated group of people from the people at the top who run the daily work of the organization to the volunteers who help with the animals. They are so caring and love the animals like they were their own (and some of them have become their own). This is a very worthy cause and thank God for the people who run the McCormick Shelter because if not for them, there would be too many dogs and cats out there who would not have a chance to find loving, caring homes were it not for these volunteers. They work hard to help and protect all the animals in their care and I would hate to see what it would be like if they were not here to do this, sometimes unappreciated job. Thank all of you dedicated volunteers who love our animals in McCormick. Keep up the wonderful work that you are doing. It is truly appreciated!

Helen J

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Having worked with the HSMC for several years now, I am truly honored to do so. The totally volunteer organization has accomplished amazing tasks (TNR, Spay/neuter program, adoptions an hour away every Saturday, organizing volunteers, writing grants, fostering, and the list goes on) and they are still getting better and growing. New facility in the works! There couldn't be any other county the size of McCormick that comes even close to being so fortunate as to have an HSMC!

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a busy year at the shelter. Our current Pres. is a hands on get it done kind of guy. With his persistence we were able to begin construction on our cat and dog shelters. In March, 2013 we opened our doors to a newly built cat shelter. We have a wonderful, bright facility with lots of light, cat scratching posts, wooden boxes with ladders for them to cozy up in. The volunteers also love the happy atmosphere. We also just broke ground at the same location to erect our dog shelter. It will have dog runs where they can play which is not possible at our current outdoor kennel situation. We are actively holding fundraisers to obtain the funds needed to complete the building. It is a very exciting time for our small, volunteer run, with private funding only. I have been working for ten years and I hope I can double the volunteer hours.

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5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working hands on with the animals for nine years. We are an aging group, and always looking for new, younger people to commit to caring for our homeless animals. It is my passion to help God's animals be well fed, rehabilitated, find homes and live happy lives. Fostering is a fun way to help the dogs and cats be ready for their forever home. I work with the volunteers in many capacities, bake sales, fundraising by selling chicken dinners, to lavish parties. We help those animals that are discarded, although they are all precious in our eyes. The Humane Society of McCormick County, Inc. is solely supported by private funds. We get no assistance from the County or City. It makes for a huge challenge, but we are working through it with very dedicated people.

2 Darlene8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we moved from Charlotte NC to here was something else.A small town really!
Then I met this group of people who were giving of their time helping the dogs and cats
who were not getting paid anything for helping these animals and I was amaze at the
love they have for these sweet animals.I volunteer on Tuesday afternoon with this one lady
whose heart is totally for the dogs.She loves them all and goes all the time helping them.
I have seen some sad cases of a hurt and scared dog come in but by the end of the week
what a change there is in a dog because now he has learned what love is.I want to thank the HSMC
people for moving here and giving of your time for helping these dogs and cats because without them
what would happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this HS is made up with people that really really cares for the animals.they give way over 100% of their time.Ron Cook is our man over the adoption of our sweet dogs and cats.This man lives with pain but he goes to Petsmart every weekend for these animals to find forever homes.There alot of people that loves these animals but he stands out to me because I see the way he is with the dogs.This HS is made up with great caring people.I wish everyone that lives here would be like this group of people.Thank you all for loving our dogs and cats.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While working with this organization I have witness many acts of kindness, and charity for this small community. They have helped many dogs and cats, that have been left to fend for themselves or starved or mistreated. When I first came here, I saw a starving horse...I called them even though they did not work with horses, they went out of there way to help get this animal taken care of. There truly are angels out
there that walk among us.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazeing organization...they do it all with volunteer help and funraising projects...no government money of anykind. Weekly adoption trips, monthly Spay and Neuter program open to the community....24/7 loving care of dogs and cats in the program. I have been involved with many community organizations in my life but this group tops them all.
This organization's effct on McCormick County for the past 13 years has been enormous.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization, with truly dedicated members. They to a marvelous job helping the community and more importantly the Animals. A loving group of people, with the interest of the animals at heart. I am especially pleased they are "A No Kill" society. Fair weather or foul weather they never ignore their animals. If I lived there I would be a Foster Home or help anyway I could, alas I live in Mississippi. I have personal knowledge of the organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Saturdays, the Humane Society of McCormick County brings animals that are up for adoption to our local PetSmart. I have been multiple times to the adoption events and everyone from HMSC is very friendly and knowledgeable. They helped me find a cat that worked for me. Each Saturday that I went, they let me hold the cats they had brought and told me about their history and their personality. One Saturday I went, and they had just brought a cat, Leo, who was an owner surrender. I was able to meet him and I fell in love. The adoption process was smooth and we brought him home the next day! I am forever grateful for HMSC for recommending Leo to me!

7 Kay T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are the proud new parents of Charlie! Charlie is a sweet loveable hound mix from the Humane Society of McCormick County that we fell in love with when we visited Petsmart. He captured our hearts immediately. All the people from the Mc Cormick group were so helpful and worked with us to be sure Charlie was going to a good home. His foster parents gave us alot of information about Charlie and all they had been doing with him...you could certainly tell they loved him and had taken such good care of him. The Humane Society of McCormick County does so much good with minimal resources. Their volunteers have hearts of gold and do eveything they can to save the lives of as many animals as possible and make sure they get forever homes! They took adoption pictures of Charlie that day and made it a "family picture"...me, my husband, Emma (our 8 year old dog) and Charlie! What a good memory to have of that day! Charlie has been with us a week now and is a wonderful addition to our family! Our many thanks go to everyone involved with the McCormick group!

4 Judy68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with HSMC for 12 years. I have never met such a loving group of people. They not only care about the aniamals....they care about each other. My husband, Ron, is the Adoption Chair and has been diagnosed with a disabling disease. He goes on adoption each and every Saturday and the volunteers who accompany him help him loading his walker in and out of the van each and every Saturday.
I appreciate them so much....and so does he.

Judy C.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group is one of the few that wrote back to me with open hearts and open minds when I e-mailed about a situation that we were in. We had saved a dog from a kill shelter and needed to find him a safe place. They were so understanding, so kind, so caring and so willing to help in any possible way. They didn't discriminate or push us away. They offered their advice, ideas and thoughts on what we could do to get the dog a home. We exchanged countless e-mails, each one from them just as full of advice and understanding as the last one. Many other rescues turned us away or wrote back to us with spiteful, negative comments, but not HSMC. They love and care for these animals and I am totally convinced that their rescue could run on their pure love alone! Thank you, thank you, thank you HSMC for being so awesome, especially when others weren't. I appreciate and support this rescue with every fiber of my being :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We happened to stop by PetSmart when HSOMC was having one of their adoption events. We were just taking our dog (Blade) for some socialization with people and animals. They were set-up in the front of the store, where everyone could see their BABIES!!! When I say babies, I mean that they treat every one of their animals as if they were part of their own family. All of the ladies and gentlemen that are involved with HSOMC are so loving, caring, helpful and compassionate for what they do. We walked over to let Blade see their animals. We ended up falling in love with a 12 week old puppy by the name of Tandi (now named Marlee) and adopted her that day. Ms. Barbara said that when it was time for her to be fixed, she would get in touch with me to set up her surgery at the Aiken SPCA because it was closer to where we live. A couple of days after Marlee turned 4 months old Ms. Barbara called and had everything set up for us. On occasion, we stop in at PetSmart when HSOMC is there so they can see how Marlee is doing. They know it is her time she walks in the door. These ladies and gentlemen go above and beyond for the sake of animals. We love them so much for changing our lives with our Sweet Marlee!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a kind group of individuals who really have a heart and devotion for the work. They are great to their volunteers, entirely understanding, not demanding but appreciative. Once I moved I was unable to continue volunteering as easily with them but I know that I'd be welcomed anytime. I have some great and some awful volunteer experiences and this by far ranked among the best! I strongly suggest supporting this agency in any fashion you can - they do great work for animals with great people!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hard work, rainy days, cold and blustry winds or hot sultry days, animals that have no manners, working in the dark, but dogs that need that basic and loving care that will save their lives. Have you ever looked into an animal's eyes that show you the abuse someone has done to them? Have you ever walked up to their kennel in the morning and they are jumping for joy you are there? Or stayed to honor a dog as it is put down due to injury or disease? Or how about chasing down a dog that someone dumped, alone and afraid, out in the woods. This is the opportunity for saving lives, theirs, yours. It IS sometimes hard, sometimes fun, sometimes you just can't tell, but it is always meaningful...it is always real life. This is the place life happens. Get yours today!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer since 2009. I'm currently the Chair, Care & Feed. This is the best job I have ever had. Everyone involved are volunteers. Our care with all dogs begins with a visit to the vet for shots and any other medical care needed. The dog go to the pens or to a foster home. We have adoption every Saturday. All our funds are through donaton. We received no money from any governmemt agenies.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I answered the call for a substitute for someone for Monday Mornings. That was 2 1/2 years ago. I never thought I would be picking up poop when I retired. I clean up after my furry friend, walk them, rescue them. My own dog 13 years old passed away in July 2011. My wife and decided not have another dog. We did decide to foster dogs until they got adopted. We fostered a dog I helped rescue. That was 6 months ago and Carly is still here (forever). Second to the dogs, is the people I have met and worked with. You never see sad people when working with the dogs. Many people help in different ways. A better group you will never meet. John R. V.P.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my female dog altered through the Humane Society. They were really awesome and the nicest people you could ever encounter. I knew my dog was in excellent hands once I dropped her off.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from HSOMC. All of the volunteers at the Petsmart Adoption Event were so kind and helpful. While we were shopping for our new dog, they offered to watch her. They also sent us home with her dog food and her favorite bed. You can tell they truly cared for all of the pets and their well being. I was simply amazed at all of these incredible individuals who are working so hard to find the pets homes and bring awareness to responsible pet ownership. I would recommend anyone looking to get a dog or cat to check out HSOMC. They are a great organization doing a wonderful thing!

5 Vicki H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher in the rural county served by HSOMC. For over 12 years, volunteers from the Society have come into the schoo to share information to our students on proper animal care. HSOMC has worked hard to develop this education program, and has certainly changed the lives of many of the pets owned by our students. Many of our students have even convinced their parents to have their pets altered - a truly amazing accomplishment considering the lack of resources and education regarding animal welfare in this county. There is no animal control or shelter in this county, and the HSOMC does all it can to help these animals who otherwise would have nowhere to go, and no one to care for them. Given the fact that they have no facility and the "staff" is entirely made up of volunteers, they have done an incredible job. I am so thankful for the work they do every day.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing makes me feel better than to see an animal rescued and then follow it through to a loving adoptive family. We need to travel 3 hours every Saturday to our adoption event because we live in such a rural community. It is worth every hour in the van to give our animals the exposure they need to find the right home.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I often find myself at the adoptions over weekends, every time I go across to say hello to the volunteers I am met with friendliness and get a few hugs too. They never tire of telling the stories of the dogs and cats that are looking for homes, treat them with such love and devotion it usually brings me to tears. I have volunteered for many organizations over many years and usually there is a sour apple in the mix, but these folks are the real deal. Too many volunteers are burnt out and don't make it pleasant at all but not the HS of McCormick. I wish I could help more other than admire them and their dogs.

Comments ( 1 )

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HSMC2000 08/30/2011

Annette, we just appreciate all that you do for us!

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