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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

43 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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

They were very welcoming and provided a lot of materials for us to use for future programming.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Megan and Megan provide an excellent presentation on responsibility with animals. They are professional and have great patience with children. We love having them visit our school.

Michelle McLean T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dog rescue dog "Buddy" passed away at home 2 months ago. It was hard on all of us, including our rescue dog "Toasty".
We knew we needed to get another one, but it took a month to be emotionally ready.
When the time was right, my husband contacted
Briggs Animal Adoption Center in West Virginia.
He went to meet "Cecilia", a hound & beagle mix. We ended up adopting her, and she has quickly become part of our family.
The staff at Briggs are great, and they make extra efforts to make sure that their pets are going to good homes.
The way this place is run is top notch.
I wish every shelter could be like this.

Sherry Robbins G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In July 2016 we adopted Ranger from Briggs Animal Adoption Center in West Virginia. We had spent several weekends visiting shelters after losing our 12 year old rescue to a hit and run and came across Briggs and were so impressed at the love and care the staff puts into the animals (before and after their stay at Briggs). They seem to treat every animal as if they were their own. Such a wonderful place for animals that need love and attention!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've recently adopted 2 Terrier mix brothers from BAACS. Our experience from the first second I walked through BAACS door was superb.
The facility is immaculate and extremely well organized. Katy, the coordinator assigned to us was outstanding from beginning to end.
My favorite part of the process was when the dogs were delivered to our home by Katy. Obviously because of the dogs, but more importantly because of the folder Katy walked in with.....this is the part where BAACS really stands out and shines above other adoption centers. The folder contained all medical/vaccination info., ID, chip, rabies tags. It contained "BOLT" signs to post on outside and inside of front door to remind visitors that new dogs live here and might run out when door opens, she also provided "LOST posters" of each dog (if ever needed) which literally brought tears to my eyes that BAACS cared so much and literally thought of everything. The cherry on top was the snuggly blankets handmade by Mary Beth, Wrapped In Love.
Kudos to this fine organization!


Client Served

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I adopted Hermione from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in May 2017. Were it not for the incredible staff at Briggs she would likely not be alive today. When she arrived at Briggs she was injured and underweight. The staff vet took an x-ray and discovered bullet fragments in her skull. One eye and part of her jaw were severely injured from the bullet wounds and ended up being removed. But thanks to this organization's dedication to saving every life they can, my sweet little girl is now happy and healthy and will spend the rest of her life being loved.

Client Served

Rating: 4

The NHES presenter's enthusiasm and material had the students engaged the entire time!
The information presented was informative and relevant to an over all theme to BE KIND- THANK YOU!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for our first pet to add to our family. Katy, our adoption counselor, helped us through the whole process! From narrowing down what kind of dog would fit best in our family, all the way down to everything they would need to come home. They really equip you to be the best pet owners you can be, as well as helping your animal through the transition. We would highly recommend Briggs to anyone looking for their forever companion!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Megan Flinn, Megan Hessenberger, Minh Kilbride, Joshua Kilbride and "Apollo" the Therapy Dog are amazing! The Bethany Preschool staff and students always look forward to their yearly visit! They have an amazing way of connecting with the students and teaching them how to take care of and love their pets. We all enjoy it when they come to visit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hudson K-8 School in Birmingham, Alabama had the pleasure to experience NHES with both Ms. Megans and two adorable and unforgettable therapy dogs. Children from our Pre-School through 6 grade, continue to talk about the experience. Students and teachers learned the importance of kindness, respect, and safety when around animals and that was much needed. Thank you all for taking time to enrich our lives.

Garrett6

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were very helpful and kind, matching us up with a perfect dog. THe adoption counselor basically held our hand every step of the way, constantly texting and giving tons of information and pictures.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sunrise Elementary School was honored to host The National Humane Education Society to our school. Megan and Megan were absolutely fabulous and delivered an awesome experience to our 900 students. The program was interactive and age appropriate. Their love and enthusiasm for animals was evident. Our students and staff absolutely loved it! In addition to the wonderful program, our teachers each received curriculum to continue teaching character education through animals in the classroom. Thank You!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Jack Russel from Briggs and shared 5 loving years with her. Kindle was a bundle of vitality and she was the boss of our Golden and our Wolf Hound mix along with 3 cats. Briggs did a wonderful job of guiding us to find the right dog for our family and spent time and effort to be sure we were a good fit.
Also we have used Spay Today program to neuter our dozen barn cats, they made it possible for us to keep our community under control responsibly.
Lastly, my Dad used to volunteer to spend time with the cats in their home at Briggs and everyone was a winner!
We are fortunate to have Briggs in our community.

Angie86

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted all 3 of our dogs from Briggs. Our adoption counselor Kristy Curtis has been imperative to helping us with everything from food to behavioral issues. She made it known from the beginning we could call her for anything and we have. We know the staff from the kennels to the office staff work so hard to take care of these beautiful little beings until they find their forever homes. I can't recommend them enough. They truly care about making sure that all of the animals are going to safe, happy homes. You guys rock!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

NHES helped me to find my beloved dog, Red. They spent the time to find the perfect match for me and made sure it was right for Red, too. The adoption counselors took my needs and lifestyle into account when introducing me to potential pets. I remember her saying, "I think I know just the dog for you." They were so right! Red has changed my life and I'm so thankful to NHES for putting us together. I will forever be in their debt.

Aside from my personal experience, I know NHES to be a responsible and well-run nonprofit. They use the funds they raise with the care and respect their wonderful donors have come to expect. Their work to make this a more humane world is truly admirable. They save the lives of so many beautiful animals and are helping to educate future generations so that the world is a kinder place for all animals.

To all the staff - from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted a young dog from this facility. From start to finish, we felt like our adoption counselor became part of the family. It took us to few dogs to find "the one" and she guided us every step of the way. They have such a wonderful facility that we knew each animal was being studied and vetted to make sure that they were placed with the right family. And each family was studied as well! Our children were even retaining the education our counselor was giving at each visit. Our adoption was smooth, our new dog healthy and happy, and he has been such a joy to our family. We were so impressed with the detailed paperwork that came with him upon his delivery from just-in-case "lost dog" signs, to medical records, medicines, food, a blanket, and even "new dog in house" signs to post on our front door. We are recommending this facility for any families looking to share some love in their life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was an amazing experience! Megan and Megan were so helpful from beginning to end. They were very organized in setting up the presentation and flexible to meet our school's needs. The students loved learning about how to care for animals and were engaged the entire time (which is difficult with elementary students!) Megan even asked us what character education we wanted to target and changed the presentation based on the age group. We are incredibly thankful for their presentation and welcome them back anytime!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful to the members of NHES for coming to our small town in Mims, Fl and educating our young people on the importance of animal care. There is no shortage of problems in this area, especially with pet abandoning and high kill percentages in our local shelter. I am so grateful for the wonderful and inspiring program that was presented to our students and for the instructional materials that were given to our staff to continue the lessons in kindness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Fred, from the Briggs Animal Adoption Center in 2010. I received full information and ongoing support from the Briggs staff until Fred got comfortable in my home. I continue to volunteer at Briggs in their huge Cattery area. A very large number of cats live in the Cattery which has lots of entertaining toys and furniture for the cats to play and relax with. I believe a job requirement must be that the applicant love animals. All employees show affection and concern for the cats in their care, which is awesome to see. If a cat doesn't have an individual home, then Briggs is definitely a safe haven for the rest of their life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three days ago I adopted Eddie, a four year old terrier mix. I knew he was destined to be my dog when I saw his smiling face on an online animal website. I knew it even though he was in an adoption center four hours away from my home in Pittsburgh. What I didn't know at the time was Eddie's backstory. He had come to the center as a skinny stressed animal- a dog forced to live in confined areas with large unruly pitbulls. Apparently Eddie decided the best way to escape the daily attacks was to jump the fence. Instead of removing the offending pack of pitbulls, the owner placed the onus on Eddie. and decide he should be put down. I know this harrowing story because of the detailed history kept by the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, an organization that functions under the umbrella of The National Humane Educational Society in Charles Town,WV. Eddie thrived under the kind, watchful eyes of the people who work at BAAC. His wounds healed, he gained weight and his loving calm personality shone. I can't thank them enough for saving Eddie and taking a careful deliberate route to adopting him. He is perfection incarnate. I already love him and I feel certain he knows he is home.