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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I began volunteering at Briggs approximately 6 months ago and WOW....what a rewarding experience. I began assisting with the Saturday dog events at the local farmers markets, etc. and was always impressed by the staffs knowledge of all the dogs and cats names at Briggs and the attention they showed to all the animals. The real testimony of the staffs never ending love, compassion and commitment for their 4 legged guests was witnessed during the recent Alumni Day. I had the opportunity to meet former Briggs dogs and their now forever families. What caught my attention the most was how the dogs interacted with the staff. As soon as they heard the staffs voices or saw them, it was instant recognition, lots of tail wagging and of course lots of kisses. This type of love and loyalty to all animals at Briggs is the norm at Briggs.
As a volunteer, I feel like such a part of the Briggs family already and look forward to becoming more actively involved with their mission.