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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two dogs from the Humane Society of McCormick County and when the time is right, I will adopt from them again. They take wonderful care of their dogs and cats. They care for dogs and cats that would otherwise have no place to go.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are now fostering a dog for the Humane Society of McCormick County and it is so rewarding. We know that we now know more about his personality which means we can be more helpful in finding him the right home. And he is playing with our dog which is good exercise for her. It is a win-win!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about The Humane Society of McCormick through a friend who was a volunteer. So when the time came for us to adopt another kitten I went to see what they had. I was extremely impressed with the amount of time we had with the kittens. We were allowed just sit in the kitten room with all of them and take our time deciding which one would go home with us. I was so impressed with the love and care of this entirely volunteer run organization that I wanted to help. I have helped with one adoption even and plan to help with more.

1 Jackie27

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had specific needs when adopting a cat. We needed a cat that was "dog savvy," as we have, and also foster, high prey drive dogs. We also have a doggie door so needed an individual confident and bonded enough to be an indoor/outdoor cat. Obviously not an easily found cat, so we waited and hoped, and then we got a call back from HSMC. They had a not to easily placed young adult cat because she didn't like other cats, but loved dogs. She also was very dominant in nature and not easily handled. She had what I now know is called a Tortitude. Long story short, Miss Kitty, was a perfect match for us! She loves our dogs and is a social member of their pack. She also gave herself a job which is teaching our foster dogs proper manners around cats, a job she thoroughly enjoys, lol. We were concerned there might not be a cat that could fit in our family, but thanks to the experienced volunteers at HSMC, we are thrilled with our Miss Kitty, and she with us :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In an economically challenged rural county in SC with no city or county aid for the homeless, neglected, and abused animals, this group of dedicated volunteers do an amazing job! With a network of foster homes and small, limited, outdoor, but well maintained, shelter facility, this society manages to be a no kill organization and provide low fee spay/neutering as well as adoption opportunities. For anyone who has been involved in rescue for any period of time, it is apparent that those accomplishments are outstanding as they stand, but they have even larger goals. HSMC has also managed to acquire land and is working toward the construction of a shelter with indoor facilities, additional exercise areas, and much more. When supporting this group you can count on your monies and time being well spent and well managed. I live in a neighboring county and have done only a little volunteering for this organization, but I have many years of experience with rescue efforts, and these people are exceptional in their efforts.

1 Jeanne A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most caring organization I have ever encountered. They go out of their way to care, love, and protect all the animals they save. My son adopted two dogs from them. They were very upfront in talking about the issues they had and made sure my son could handle them. They are now spoiled rotten and the loves of his life. My other son also adopted two cats. He took a while deciding which ones he wanted and the volunteer waited patiently and answered all his questions. This is exceptional for an all volunteer organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization stands out and above all others. I have recently retired and was looking for an avenue for my time. This is the most organized and passionate group of volunteers that all keep their focus on a single goal, to help the animals. A no-kill shelter that is totally self-sufficient with 100% volunteers and run by donations alone. I find I am excitedly trying to help the cause because the commitment of these people is contagious. The impact made on McCormick County is impressive and a godsend to homeless animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from HSMC during April of 2017. It was evident from the beginning that this is a very special group which takes great care of their animals. Before adopting, I had a chance to speak with several individuals and my dog's foster Mom at length about his personality and individual traits. Everyone made sure I knew what to expect from him both good and bad. He had several people interested and they took the time to make sure the fit was best for his needs. I was impressed with the amount of care he received at the shelter. The whole experience was amazing from beginning to end. They even took the time to follow up multiple times to make sure things were going well. I highly recommend HSMC. They really are a top notch organization that loves their furry friends!

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization! We adopted two kittens and they were wonderful with following up with us after we returned home. Their volunteers were so helpful with teaching us how to incorporate two kittens into a three dog household. I am very impressed with how this organization is run and their love of animals!

4 Jody34

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful place, run by great people that put the animals health and care above everything else. The people at The Humane Society of McCormick County go above and beyond to find good, loving safe homes for animals in need. Very clean and well run, not only going the extra mile for the animals, but also taking the time to get to know and educate the adopter. If you need your faith restored in the goodness of humanity, then visit The Human Society of McCormick County.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was around 7pm late September and my significant other and I were just about to turn down our street and head home, after a 4 mile run we squeezed in between rain storms. We noticed something on the side of the road about 200 yards past our street. Curiosity got the best of us and we went to investigate. We searched where we though we saw something and soon heard some whimpering. We found a small 6 week old pup hiding behind a tree, soaking wet. We scooped him up and hurried home, somehow along the way he got the name Taco. As luck would have it we are neighbors with with a volunteer at HSMC who provided us with food and sound advice that first night we had Taco (with plenty advice more to come). We took Taco to the vet at 8am the next day. About an hour after we got back from the vet our neighbor visited us again to check on Taco and let us know that the Humane Society was going to allow us to foster Taco, and they would provide food and cover his vaccinations. That lasted until Thanksgiving, when we signed the paperwork to bring Taco into our family. It was because of the selflessness of that volunteer, who stopped what they were doing to help us and this animal, that we started volunteering. As time progressed while we volunteered, it became apparent that all of the volunteers at this no kill shelter are as committed to the animals as the volunteer that helped us that cold wet September night.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a shy dog about 6 months ago and it has been a wonderful experience. The HSMC was very helpful about how to handle a shy dog and they were very clear about his medical and physical needs. He is opening up to me and my wife and we are glad he is a member of our family. He is a great dog and I have the HSMC to thank.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to foster a dog over Christmas in 2006. I was given this small, thin, timid, but very sweet pitbull mix. She gained weight and gained confidence after the first month. I didn't realize how difficult it would be too find a home for a pitbull. She was so well behaved and so sweet and I knew she would make someone a great companion. They took her on many adoption events before she finally found her forever home. I feel very good that I helped this sweet dog become more adoptable because she was housebroken and healthy.

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HSMC2000 02/20/2011

Charles, thank you for fostering Lady and for writing this review.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has done so much over the years for the animals in McCormick.
Everyone works hard to protect the animals and get them a forever home.
They now have a new place to stay which keeps them warm and dry till they are adopted.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about the McCormick County Humane Society. Everyone I've met has a passion for giving all animals good health and a good home. My neighbor and now friend, has been a volunteer with them for over 10 years. She devotes herself above and beyond what most people would ever consider doing in order to help ANY animal. Every Sat. she volunteers at the pet adoptions, 45 minutes away from her home. She fosters animals, she has paid out of her pocket for medical care for neighborhood animals, she helps friends/neighbors when they need assistance with their pets, she helps fund raise and she stays involved in community issues relating to pets. She is just ONE of their volunteers.

When I mentioned that I was ready for another dog, she immediately had one in mind that she thought would be a great fit for us both. BELLA was brought into the shelter after being found by another animal lover who wasn't able to take on a fourth dog. Bella had more energy than I knew how to handle. My friend/volunteer not only gave me suggestions, she gave me many toys, loaned a crate to me and frequently followed up on me. Most impressive was that she came over in the evenings to take Bella for a walk when I was working. This was far and above what I could have ever hoped for in a friend or volunteer. Again, she is just ONE of their volunteers. From her stories, all the volunteers sound just a dedicated as she it.

I've had Bella now for 2 1/2 months. She is the light of my life and makes me smile more than I can say. She goes to day care while I'm at work and we both come home exhausted. She's allowed on the sofa now and thinks she is in heaven. Thank you so much Judy for being a great person and thanks also to Lisa for making sure Bella wouldn't remain a stray by bringing her in.

Lisa349

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to say how thankful I am for The Humane Society Of McCormick, South Carolina. Someone had came through my neighborhood and dropped of a beautiful young female dog. I took her in and kept her for several weeks trying to figure out how I was going to care for another dog. I have three myself and really couldn't afford it. My mother and I took Bella to the vet to have her checked for health issues as well as shots. She was in perfect health. I emailed the HS of McCormick and they quickly responded. They stepped up to the plate by taking Bella, having her spayed and gave her lots of love and attention, until they found her forever home. I was very impressed because the staff were so caring and they reassured me that she would do great. They have the cleanest facility that I've ever visited, along with excellent care, love and affection for the animals there. I know if I ever need help again, they will be the only shelter I'll call. Thank you HS of McCormick for everything you do!!! You have the best staff and volunteers I've ever met!!!

Lisa Stanley

3 Michelle220

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have several run ins with the human society of McCormick..My mother was struggling to take care of two dogs outside and 4 cats on the inside . They brought by food several times, they helped to get both the mother and daughter fixed , then at last when moma could no longer take care of them they took them and found great homes for them..

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Saturdays, the Humane Society of McCormick County brings animals that are up for adoption to our local PetSmart. I have been multiple times to the adoption events and everyone from HMSC is very friendly and knowledgeable. They helped me find a cat that worked for me. Each Saturday that I went, they let me hold the cats they had brought and told me about their history and their personality. One Saturday I went, and they had just brought a cat, Leo, who was an owner surrender. I was able to meet him and I fell in love. The adoption process was smooth and we brought him home the next day! I am forever grateful for HMSC for recommending Leo to me!

7 Kay T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are the proud new parents of Charlie! Charlie is a sweet loveable hound mix from the Humane Society of McCormick County that we fell in love with when we visited Petsmart. He captured our hearts immediately. All the people from the Mc Cormick group were so helpful and worked with us to be sure Charlie was going to a good home. His foster parents gave us alot of information about Charlie and all they had been doing with him...you could certainly tell they loved him and had taken such good care of him. The Humane Society of McCormick County does so much good with minimal resources. Their volunteers have hearts of gold and do eveything they can to save the lives of as many animals as possible and make sure they get forever homes! They took adoption pictures of Charlie that day and made it a "family picture"...me, my husband, Emma (our 8 year old dog) and Charlie! What a good memory to have of that day! Charlie has been with us a week now and is a wonderful addition to our family! Our many thanks go to everyone involved with the McCormick group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We happened to stop by PetSmart when HSOMC was having one of their adoption events. We were just taking our dog (Blade) for some socialization with people and animals. They were set-up in the front of the store, where everyone could see their BABIES!!! When I say babies, I mean that they treat every one of their animals as if they were part of their own family. All of the ladies and gentlemen that are involved with HSOMC are so loving, caring, helpful and compassionate for what they do. We walked over to let Blade see their animals. We ended up falling in love with a 12 week old puppy by the name of Tandi (now named Marlee) and adopted her that day. Ms. Barbara said that when it was time for her to be fixed, she would get in touch with me to set up her surgery at the Aiken SPCA because it was closer to where we live. A couple of days after Marlee turned 4 months old Ms. Barbara called and had everything set up for us. On occasion, we stop in at PetSmart when HSOMC is there so they can see how Marlee is doing. They know it is her time she walks in the door. These ladies and gentlemen go above and beyond for the sake of animals. We love them so much for changing our lives with our Sweet Marlee!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my female dog altered through the Humane Society. They were really awesome and the nicest people you could ever encounter. I knew my dog was in excellent hands once I dropped her off.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from HSOMC. All of the volunteers at the Petsmart Adoption Event were so kind and helpful. While we were shopping for our new dog, they offered to watch her. They also sent us home with her dog food and her favorite bed. You can tell they truly cared for all of the pets and their well being. I was simply amazed at all of these incredible individuals who are working so hard to find the pets homes and bring awareness to responsible pet ownership. I would recommend anyone looking to get a dog or cat to check out HSOMC. They are a great organization doing a wonderful thing!