My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Humane Society of McCormick County, McCormick, SC, USA
My husband and I moved to McCormick in August. The first thing I wanted to do was to volunteer at a shelter for animals. Our moving truck was delayed a week so we stayed at Hickory Knob State Park. Not having much to do, we toured McCormick. We stopped at a restaurant and immediatley made friends with several individuals. In our conversation, I mentioned how much I wanted to volunteer at a shelter. Just then, an individual came into the restaurant and guess what? It was the person I was to contact for the shelter! Talk about things happening for a reason and being in the right place at the right time!
So I called the shelter that afternoon and set-up an appointment to tour the place. I will tell you that I was in "AWE" at what I saw. There was such a loving and caring atmosphere. I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do. I was so impressed with the operations of the shelter. Every pen is cleaned inside and out twice a day. Every dog has their own caranada bed with blankets, toys and fresh water, and their own pool that gets refreshed each day so they can stay cool when it's really hot. They are walked twice a day and when I say walked, I mean a long walk in the beautiful wooded walking trails that were created just for them! The main hallway is mopped daily, dog bowls are washed with detergent and bleach twice a day as well as towels and blankets. There are outside pens for enrichment where volunteers can sit and play with them and do some training.
There are protocols in place for scheduling, medical, records, marketing, fosters, intakes rescues, maintenance, training and enrichment, grants and events. I was just so impressed I couldn't wait to volunteer!
It's been eight months now that we've been volunteering. I can't imagine not being there to see the dogs and the other volunteers. We've been without a dog for the last two years and it was time. In September, a new dog came in and both my husband and I fell in love with him, his name is Pierce . We fostered Pierce via field trips to our duplex and walks on the SLV trails. There is a vetting process to foster. You can't just take a dog. They want to know who you are, and ensure the saftey of the dog. On January 18th we offically adopted him!
I wish I could adopt every dog that we get. But I will tell you that all of the volunteers have relentness passion for them; nothing but love, comfort and dedication for these animals. While they are not in their forever home, the shelter and its the volunteers make them feel as if they are. I am so proud to be apart of the McCormick Humane Society! I encourage and invite anyone to come and see how special this place is. You won't want to leave!