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Humane Society Of Shelby County

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To care for homeless, abused, neglected and abandoned animals and to educate the community to instill an increased awareness and commitment to the responsibiltiy of animal ownership and protection.

Programs: Animal control - shelby humane society acts as a contractual agent for shelby county by receiving, housing and providing care and disposition for all animals brought to the county shelter. Shelby county and the municipalities provide all other animal control services.

kennel operations - shelby humane society provides housing, shelter, food and medical care to approximately 5,000 animals each year that are either prepared for adoption or for transport via the shelter partners program. The medical care includes, but is not limited to, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchipping.

quick fix - in 2014, the society spayed and neutered over 1,600 publicly owned animals via the quick fix progam. The quick fix program is a low-cost spay and neuter transport program established in february 2008. The program subsidizes surgeries for low-income residents who qualify for public assistance at only $18 per pet and sometimes at no cost. In a span of four years, the society has spayed and neutered over 11,180 publicly owned cats and dogs.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 cats from Shelby Humane Society over the last 7 years and they are fantastic. I began volunteering with the shelter in 2007. Since then, I have participated in several programs that Shelby Humane Society offers. This would include working at offsite adoption events, low cost vaccination/microchip clinics and the Shelter Partners program. The offsite adoption events help find loving homes for many dogs or cats. The low cost vaccination/microchip clinics and Quick Fix Spay/Neuter program have been a huge success in our communities. These two programs provide low cost options to residents who may not be able to afford the regular cost of the services provided. Not only will these services keep our community pets healthy but will also help with the pet overpopulation that we have. The Shelter Partners program transport dogs from our crowded shelter to shelters in New England where they have spay/neuter and pet license laws. Due to these laws being strictly enforced, they do not have the overpopulation that we have. Since this program began in 2006, over 4400 dogs have found a loving home in the north. I've had the opportunity to do one of the transports in which we carried 31 dogs to New Hampshire. When we got there, the receiving shelter only had 3-4 dogs up for adoption. They had adopters who were already approved and were waiting on our dogs to get there and be placed up for adoption. Within a week and a half, all of them found their new homes. If it were not for this program and the generous donors and volunteers, many dogs would not find a home of their own. I am proud to be associated with Shelby Humane Society and look forward to many more years with them. The communities in which they serve depend on them.

Clay H.


Rating: 5

I volunteer for Shelby Humane Society on a regular basis and I can’t begin to adequately describe the personal satisfaction that is has given me.

SHS is making a real difference in the quality of lives of pets and pet owners, from the simpler things like quick fix spay and neuter programs, low cost vaccinations and microchip clinics to the more complex programs like Shelter Partners where they transport dogs to New England. I do not know how they provide such quality services and programs with the resources available to them.

The staff at SHS is wonderful and they do a great job of recognizing the volunteers and people who adopt from the shelter. The volunteer appreciation dinner really makes the volunteers feel like we are making an impact and provides an opportunity for us to come together and get to know one another. SHS also encourages adoptive “parents” of shelter pets to give updates on their new family member through the Happy Tails forum.

SHS is doing so many good things that I could go on and on, but I will wrap it up by saying that I am proud to be associated with Shelby Humane Society and I look forward to volunteering with them for years to come.

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