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.
I have lived in McCormick for over 20 years and have watched the HSMC grow from a very small group of volunteers into the organization that it is today -- a group of committed dedicated people who love animals and give of their time and talents to protect and provide for the dogs and cats of the county. There is some heartbreak but a lot of joy associated with this work and I stand in awe of their dedication. They have gone from a group that housed dogs in pens behind a fire station to one that has acquired land and built a bricks-and-mortar dog shelter and a temporary cat shelter, while they work toward something more substantial for the kitties. I adopted a kitten from them last summer, feeling it was the least I could do to help them and the animals. Harlee has been a joy and I love her dearly. Thanks go to all of the volunteers, dedicated and underappreciated. You are my heroes.