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The Humane Society of McCormick County

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The Humane Society of McCormick County is a private, non-profit, no-kill organization formed in September 2000. It was created to help McCormick County, South Carolina residents and animals because McCormick County has no animal control, no shelter, and no veterinarians. HSMC is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, to providing shelter and care for lost and unwanted animals, to implementing educational programs and services, to placing animals in humane environments, and to promoting responsible pet ownership including spay and neuter.

Target demographics: animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: We spay/neutered a total of 402 dogs and cats in 2016! (125 McCormick County owned dogs and cats free of charge to those who qualified for it, 136 HSMC rescues, and 141 trap-neuter/spay-release.)

Geographic areas served: McCormick County, South Carolina

Programs: "No more Litters, Fix your Critters" - our free to low cost Spay/Neuter program. Since we do not have a clinic of our own, we fill up our van with cats and dogs from county residents and travel to a clinic in the next county. Sometimes we even do a second run. Having animals spayed/neutered is the only way we are going to get handle on the animal population. Our program is helping this entire county from the residents to the animals.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became sub volunteer in 2009 this turned to be a permanent situation. This became the nest job ever (it not really a job). We save lives every day. We watch the little dog mean as the day is long and 24 hours later all cleaned up and tail wagging. Too may stories to tell. The story is all the volunteers that support this all volunteer organization. It does not matter the weather condition during each morning and afternoon shift to take care of the dogs. Or the person who willing to crawl under a vacant house to recuse puppies. The humane society just does what need to be done to help the dogs. We are proud to be an all Volunteer, No Kill shelter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is Lily our adopted dog from the Humane Society of McCormick County. She is now 2 years old and has come a long way from the shy and uncertain pup she was when we got her. The all volunteer organization is knowledgeable and fully discloses what they do and do not know about the dogs and cats in their care. It is so gratifying when a dog or cat gets adopted. I went from an adopter to a volunteer at adoption events. They are the most dedicated and compassionate group I have had the privilege of knowing and working with. Their generosity is truly remarkable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We cannot speak more highly of the Humane Society of McCormick County. The staff who helped us with our adoptions took the time to get to know us and that made it possible for them to help recommend a dog that would be a good fit for us. We are deeply impressed with the dedication and caring attitude of all the volunteers we have met. We often visit them on adoption day just to say hi. They are the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great facility. The volunteers really go above and beyond with all the animals, not only there, but in the entire community. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with them.

bethfirce1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 11 years I've fostered for this wonderful group of volunteers. They provided food, toys, and other assorted accessories and all I had to provide was the love. All of the volunteers I've been involved with are kind and loving, not just to the animals but to their foster parents. You have to be a loving person to be able to do what they do every single day. The cat barn ladies show up first thing in the morning to clean, and feed all the cats and kittens, then stick around to play with them awhile. All of this is on their own time, which really impressed me. It always makes me sad when I have to let go of one of my fosters so I can't imagine how bittersweet it is for these people when they have to let go of another pampered dog or cat to it's forever home. There is a special place in Heaven for each one of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nine years ago we moved here from the north and immediately were introduced to the Humane Society. We began assisting with rescuing puppies, fostering them, and helping with adoptions. I have enjoyed every second in fostering their puppies and mama dogs. They provided food, paid for the vet visits, and I got to do all the fun stuff! I've noticed a huge drop in puppies being left by the side of the road since the spay and neuter program took off. Barbara, one of their longtime volunteers, goes to the elementary school to teach the kids about proper care of their pets. The McCormick Humane Society has changed this town for the better and continues to push forward. One day there will be no more homeless, abandoned or mistreated pets in McCormick.

1 Judy H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have fostered many dogs over the past 15 years and it is the most rewarding experience of my life. First, I get to know the dogs better because they are in my home and it makes it easier to explain to potential owners the dog's personality. Second, after being in a home, they are house trained and crate trained so they get adopted faster. I love knowing I helped a homeless dog find their forever home!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud failed foster home. We fostered a shy, loving dog named Barrett and after a couple of months, we realized that he fit in perfect in our home and with our other dog. We made it official and adopted him. After he gets settled, we plan on fostering more dogs for the HSMC. It is very rewarding and fostering first is a great way to know if a dog is going to fit into your household.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met a group of people with bigger hearts than the volunteers at HSMC. Their love and dedication for animals is truly genuine and inspiring. I am so glad that I am able to be a part of this organization, and I have loved every minute of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to McCormick County in 2010. Within 2 years my husband of 47 years passed away. I was alone and recalled how I had enjoyed having a cat in my life over the years. I started looking at PetFinder and fell for the picture of Jesse. She was available through the Humane Society of McCormickj County (HSMC). They are devoted to not only the animals but to the adopters and potential adopters. They made me as a new "parent" feel like I was part of their family and if I had any question/probems, I could just give a call. Which I had to do early on because Ms Lucy was nearly a year old and had socialization problems. The HSMC volunteer worked with Lucy and me and we are now very happy together. After enjoying her for several months and following some of the HSMC activity on social media, etc, I realized that I could give back to this wonderful all-volunteer organization as a volunteer myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really, really LOVE HSMC. I have had such a nice experience volunteering with them. The volunteers feel like family. They were so kind and welcoming to me the first time I volunteered. They have the cutest and sweetest dogs and kitties. If you're considering adding a furbaby to your home, I HIGHLY recommend checking out HSMC's adotable babies! Pictured below is one of their sweet pups that was adopted out a while ago! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with The Humane Society of McCormick County for 3 or 4 years as a volunteer. I have been involved with the walk and feed of the pets and foster mom also. They are a wonderful group of caring and kind people whose 1st interest is safety for the dogs and cats. We are a non profit group so many fundraisers are necessary to keep the group going. I am proud to be a part of this organization

Kathy Az.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for adoptions for the past year. The people I work with during adoption events are the most caring people I know. Everyone cares about the dogs and they all get lots of loving. If I were on the market for another dog I would definitely use McCormick County! I know their dogs and cats are healthy and get a lot of loving and interaction.

3 SVoigt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the reflective Thanksgiving season approaches, and this little foster kitty at my feet attempts to climb my legs in search of a warm lap, I want to thank the Humane Society of McCormick County not only for the rescue of this little guy but also for giving me the chance to share in his future.

The HSMC doesn't just rescue and shelter their animals. They make them a part of their family, each animal receiving love helping them begin the process of being the best pet an adopter can hope to find.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I too am a volunteer for the HSMC and reading the other reviews I can only agree with all comments! What I did not realize when I began volunteering 3 years ago was how in need of a rescue shelter, spay & neuter program, medical care for lost (mulitple state parks w/camping) and abandoned animals and an adoption campaign the county is. As stated by many, there is no animal control officer in this rural county where animals are not always treated as they deserve. Too many sad stories to share. All we can do is rescue, care for, love and ready them for a forever home. We cannot change the animal control situation in our area but we can change the lives of those lucky animals we rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the last twelve years since the minute I relocated to the South from Long Island, NY. It was a dream of mine, to volunteer to help animals in my retirement. I found my calling immediately on visiting the little outdoor facility which housed approxmitely eight outdoor kennels which sometimes held doubled up dogs or full litters in very small quarters. With the work and energy of a small town, we managed to build a shelter for unwanted, abused, and uncared for dogs. We have been operating our shelter for two years and are busting at the seams. We are hoping to generate enough funds through donations to build a cat barn to house the overwhelming number of cats of McCormick County. Our dream continues..........................

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer from Aiken for five years at Aiken PetSmart adoptions. Every Saturday this group of amazing and dedicated people at HSMC fill two vans with dogs and cats and drive over an hour (one way) to the PetSmart in Aiken with hopes of finding forever homes for them. And that's only a small part of what they do for our furry friends. Every day they lovingly care for them, socialize and provide obedience training, run a successful spay/neuter program, hold fundraisers and go to local schools to educate our youth on the importance of responsibly caring for their pets. This is all done with only volunteers, donations and fundraisers...pretty remarkable!!! I feel extremely privileged to be a very small part of this exceptional organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for HSMC a little over a year ago and have been amazed by the commitment and compassion of the all of the people who are involved. They genuinely love every animal and make sure that they are going to good homes. I am proud to be associated with this group!

2 Yvonne D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Aiken PetSmart adoptions Saturdays for the Humane Society of McCormick County and also a dog foster mom. I met this group in Aiken and started volunteering almost two (2) years ago. They are a very dedicated group of people that does everything possible to help find fur-ever homes for all the dogs and cats. They are a NO KILL shelter and made up of 100% volunteers so the funds raised goes to helping the animals. I enjoy going to the adoptions, spending time with the dogs, being there when one finds their new family and meeting people. You can't go wrong with the Humane Society of McCormick County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSMC is a wonderful organization and is made up of a great group of volunteers that have the interest of the animals at heart. I have been thinking about volunteering to help an animal shelter and wasn't able to decide on one. Two weeks ago I spoke to some of the HSMC volunteers at the Aiken PetSmart Adoption and decided I'd like to help out. If I lived closer I'd help out more than at the pet adoptions in Aiken. The next pet I adopt will be from them. You couldn't ask for a better group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with HSMC has been a very rewarding experience. Every animal that comes through is well loved and cared for. The volunteers don't stop until an animal has found a loving, forever home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one NO KILL shelter that does whatever it takes to give animals a chance. They are always on social media posting opportunities just like this one for people to come along aside and be a part of helping animals. They never stop looking for means to educate and inspire people to advocate for animals. Enough said.

5 Vicki57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 years with HSMC NO KILL SHELTER has been so rewarding, not just because of the incredible people I have met, but the feeling of giving & helping all the unwanted furbabies that come in all shapes & sizes & need us to love them & make them feel they are wanted...I started volunteering when we had a low small shed we stored the food in & when it was raining the only part of you that was covered was your head. It would be cold & wet, very miserable I might say, but when you saw the faces looking at you so appreciatively & lovingly, it made it all worth it. The ALL volunteer effort is beyond words & I love them ALL...also am enjoying our newly built shelter...warm & cool...
I will also add that most of the volunteers are not spring chickens,no offense guys,you are great...!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 14 years at this rescue. I was a volunteer from its inception. I have adopted 3 dogs in the last 14 years. I walked and fed and cleaned pens for 11 years. I no longer volunteer weekly, but as a sub, since I am getting on in years. I have never worked with an organization that is so caring and so committed to saving animals as this organization. The volunteers are passionate about saving the dogs and cats of our county. We have no animal control in our county and without the Humane Society of McCormick County with their spay/neuter program the amount of dogs and cats not being under control, due to not spaying or neutering and just being let out into the wild would be in the thousands. I am proud to be a part of this organization.
Karen Hoyt

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most caring group of people I have had the opportunity to work with. The time and effort they put into taking care of the feral cats and rescue animals is amazing. It is a labor of love, and it shows in all the volunteers that work tirelessly to make a better life for all the unwanted and abandoned animals. Their future is much brighter thanks to these fine people.