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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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Humane Education Society provides financial support to Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island which enables our TNR organization to micro-chip the feral cats we humanely trap, neuter, and release. NHES has been a major supporter of our organization. We are very appreciative of the financial assistance as well as the professional mentorship they have provided our small, all volunteer organization.
Debbie Martin
Exeuctive Director
Friends of Felines-Cape Hatteras Island


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After a long day of work I was looking forward to going home to relax, but as I drove home a deer jumped out of the woods and ran across the road in front of my car. In that one second when I turned to make sure it made it across the road, I saw that it was a dog, not a deer. I immediately pulled off the road, put my flashers on and jumped out—not sure how I was going to get this dog but I had to try! I called him and he stopped and turned very hesitantly and, oh no, a car was coming. I began waving frantically and prayed the other driver would stop and thinking, “please dog don't run—just stay. A man stopped and saw the dog & put his flashers on too. I called the dog again and he came, the closer he came in the lights, the more of him I could see. I saw blood on his face (how was he hurt? was he friendly? what do I do now?) These were the questions running through my mind. I said another prayer and opened my car door—he jumped in and licked my hand as if to say, thanks. Immediately, I turned and went back to work—you see I work at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (Briggs), a program of The National Humane Education Society (NHES).
When I arrived at Briggs, I then called the director for help. This was many years ago, and it was my first rescue of an injured animal. We took him to the vet room and help was on the way. We offered him some water and food (he was starving.) As he ate, we noticed he was covered in burrs. Gingerly, I began taking them off and again I was rewarded with a lick and a look of sincere thanks. I took off my Bermuda hoodie sweatshirt and laid it on the blanket. He laid his head on it. We got a trash can full of burrs off that boy and when the vet saw him she determined that he had been shot. She performed surgery and removed BB’s. She even removed one from his eye, which thank god he didn't lose. I picked up that sweatshirt off the floor later and as I looked at the blood stains, I cried that this gentle soul who had known nothing but pain and suffering had shown kindness when he was hurt so badly. I was allowed to name this sweet boy and I named him Bermuda Jake (of course you can figure where Bermuda came from and Jake after one of my sweet dogs at home).
This is the type of care and compassion that is given to every animal that comes to our Briggs. We love them all, though I daresay they teach us all so much more about compassion. Bermuda Jake spent a lot of time with me during his recovery in my office and what a great dog he was. You see that is something else we do at Briggs. We bring dogs to our offices to spend time with us while they are waiting on their forever homes. Bermuda Jake’s picture hangs at my desk. I was lucky enough to have placed him in his new home, and every time I look at that picture I am grateful that I work at a place like Briggs and NHES because it gives me—and all of us here—an opportunity to make a difference in an animal’s life, and we make this difference for thousands more through all of NHES’s programs—Humane Education, Briggs, Peace Plantation, and Spay Today.

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