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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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.


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.


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.