Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Job Opening - Animal Control Officer

The Humane Society of Henderson County is looking for an Animal Control Officer. The successful candidate will be responsible for all animal control runs in the city and county, evaluating animals for health and special needs, clean and care for the kennel animals. Animal control officers rotate on call shifts, and are subject to 24 hour a day call out, must be able to think clearly under pressure, and perform state certified humane euthanasia when necessary. Stop by 203 Drury Lane for an application.  Also, must have a valid driver license and not been convicted of a felony. Misdemeanor convictions will be considered on a case by case basis. Hope to see you out here!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wag, Walk, Run 5K Timed Race and 2K Casual Walk - October 29, 2011

TIMED 5K RACE + 2K Casual Walk
Dogs Wecome! Bring your furry friend for the walk!
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age and gender group
T-shirts will be given to all participants

Check In: 7AM Race: 8AM
Downtown Central Park, Henderson, KY

Online Registration Form: http://www.hshcky.org/Events/WagWalk.aspx
Printable Registration Form: wagwalk_registration.pdf

Registraton Fee: $25

Please join us for our first annual Wag, Walk, and Run 5K Race on Saturday, October 29, 2011 and make it a fun morning for the entire family!! The race will start and end at Central Park in Downtown Henderson at 8AM. We are hoping to allow owners to bring their dogs to walk as well, but we are awaiting final approval from the City (updates coming soon). For the race enthusiasts, this will be an official timed race. For the casual participants, enjoy a relaxing morning walk with family and friends. Streets will be partially blocked for the runners. We will also be offering additional activities at the park including pet pictures, microchip application service, and more. More information to come! If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor, please email josh@hshcky.org. Please register using the printable form or the online registration form linked above. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 9, 2011

PetsMart Charities Adopt-A-Thon Weekend!!

Come out to PetsMart in Evansville Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 10-3pm, and Sunday 1-4pm and see our wonderful animals waiting for a new home!  This is a national PetsMart Charities Adoption weekend and we are making every effort to have as many dogs and cats there as possible all three days.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Washing Machine Greatly Needed!

Washer Needed!! Our washing machine is currently not working and things aren't looking good for repair. We typically do laundry several hours a day to keep up with towels and blankets. If anyone is willing to donate a washer, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much and our furry kids thank you too!

Cat Adoption Special - $35!!

Cats $35!! - Cat season is in full effect and we are getting in multiple litters a day. Another 27 new arrivals today. Please help us make room by taking advantage of our cat adoption special of $35. Not only is this a great time to add a special friend to your family, but you can help save multiple lives too! Adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and flea treatment. Thank you and please share!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Disaster Preparedness from ASPCA

From aspca.org:
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.
Step 1   Get a Rescue Alert Sticker 
This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers, and that it includes 1) the types and number of pets in your household; 2) the name of your veterinarian; and 3) your veterinarian's phone number. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers.
To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form ; please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Your local pet supply store may also sell similar stickers.
Step 2   Arrange a Safe Haven Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all Red Cross disaster shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:
  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
Read the rest of the article on the aspca.org website here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Shelter Manager News

It is with great regret that I inform you all that our Shelter Manager Lori Austin has submitted her letter of resignation.  This was a very difficult decision for Lori, as she cares very deeply for our mission and our organization.  Under her leadership, we have made great strides and improvements.  It is our commitment to her, the staff and volunteers, the community, and the animals we help to continue moving forward and creating the Humane Society we all know we can achieve.  Lori will be working for the next two weeks and will then take time off to deal with health issues.  As anyone who knows Lori would confirm, she is a very dedicated and compassionate person.  Once she has had adequate time off and her health improves, she has mentioned the possibility of staying involved in some capacity to continue our efforts to help the animals and community of Henderson County.   I want to extend my personal gratitude to Lori for all of the hard work and long hours she has given to us during her time here.  She has done many wonderful things and inspired many along the way, including improving the lives of thousands of animals that have passed through our doors.

Thank you,
Josh Williams
Humane Society of Henderson County

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stock Horse Trailer Needed for Horse Rescues

We are in need of a stock horse trailer with a bumper pull, 7 ft tall (no shorter) and preferably 12 ft long to use during horse rescues. We do not have a current situation, but we would like to have it ready for emergency situations.  If anyone has any info on one for sale, new or used, please email either laustin@hshcky.org or josh@hshcky.org


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Become a member today!

Humane Society of Henderson County
Membership Program

Share in our efforts to help homeless and abused animals and save lives by becoming a member today!

Imagine a more humane world in which every animal enjoys the respect and compassion they deserve. A Humane Society of Henderson County Membership goes a long way in helping create that world right here in our community. Everything we do - and every animal we help - depends on the kindness and compassion of generous people like you.  It is your support that allows us to provide assistance to animals, and people, in need. Please, won’t you consider becoming a member to help those that cannot help themselves?  Whether you help one or a thousand, every dollar counts.  Your membership WILL save lives.

Your support will allow us to continue to help thousands of animals each year through services such as: adoptions, spay/neuter assistance, lifesaving medical treatment, reduction in cruelty and abuse, lost & found, and adult and child education on animal welfare. We are committed to making the most impact with every dollar you give. Become a member today by completing our online application, mailing in an application, or visiting the shelter. Once your application has been processed, you will receive your member packet, along with your membership card, in the mail.

We hope that this membership program will bring supporters together and allow anyone to become a part of our organization and help shape it's future.  Together we can make a difference.

We will also be working with local businesses to offer additional benefits to members. If you are a business owner and would like to make a special offer to our members, please contact us.

Thank you,
Josh Williams
Website: http://www.hshcky.org/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sign up for Email Notifications

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit our website at http://www.hshcky.org/ and register your email address.  This will provide you with upcoming news, announcements, newsletters, volunteer opportunites, program and service updates, and other specials being offered by the Humane Society of Henderson County.  Just visit the link above and enter your email address in the box along the left hand side of the home page!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


I hope a very special person is reading this because it will take someone pretty special to take Lucy home with them. Lucy was brought to us a couple of weeks ago because of health issues with her previous owners. They are no longer able to take care of her. As I was talking with an older lady, who was trying so hard not to cry, I couldn't help but notice how frightened this little dog was. She was backing away, hiding under whatever she could find. This isn't unusual with these little breeds, but I was worried about how we would be able to handle her, to give her the shots and other preventive treatments we give when animals first come into the shelter. With the help of "puncture resistant" gloves, we were able to do what we needed to do, but she was so stressed, we knew we could not put her in general poputlation in case someone tried to pet her and she bit them. We had to put her in the back to "chill" overnight.

Unfortunately the next day she wasn't much better, but I just couldn't leave her alone back there. I was able to get a leash around her and I took her outside. As I've seen so many times, once you get a scared dog away from the building, they often relax enough to realize we're not so scary after all. I let her walk around a bit, then sat down with her. She didn't come up to me, but allowed me to pick her up. We were fast friends from that point on and I brought her to live in the office so we could socialize her. She was still resistant to others in the shelter (I was the only one who could put her in or take her out of her crate for the first couple of days) but she slowly started adding others to her list of friends. She was very reluctant to be around men, but has now started jumping in the laps of our Animal Control officers and giving them lots of kisses. For the most part, anyone new can not approach her without her flinching away or growling.

How are we going to adopt this lively little dog, so full of kisses and tail wags??? Here's what I know about her: She is about 7 months old. She is pee pad trained, but will not go outside (another strike against her for most people) She does NOT pee in her crate overnight, but will not pee outside either (although she loves to be outside, it's playtime only). When we bring her back in, she heads straight for her pad and does her business there. She never has accidents anywhere - just always goes for her pad. For some people, especially those living in apartments, this may not be a disadvantage. We'll have to see.

Lucy LOVES kids - she does not hesitate at all to approach a child. Her owner had told me she loved kids, and we've seen that here as well. She is definitely a lap dog, but she's full of life and spunk too. She can entertain herself with a tennis ball or play fetch with you. She has played very well with the other dog we have living in the office right now and has had no problem with our cats.

Lucy will require a lot of patience, right from the beginning. If anyone is interested in taking this sweet girl home with them, I'd ask that you plan to spend a couple of hours over a couple of days here at the shelter, just visiting. We will set you up in the office and your only job will be to be there for Lucy to get to know you. You can take her outside and let her feel comfortable with you there. She may be young enough to actually house train, but it will take a lot of time, patience and creativity to accomplish this.

I know she will make a wonderful addition to the right family, and I know that family is out there. If you know someone you think might be interested (and if that person is special enough), please have them come by or call us. We need to get this baby a home!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Poem

There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.

I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone... to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.

And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."

Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.

Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.

But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.

We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Julie, a pure-bred pitbull, came to us on the day of the Christmas Parade in 2010.  She was very skinny, very scared and very pregnant.  We were able to take her to a foster family where she could be fostered and cared for while waiting for her puppies.  She ended up having 10 puppies (9 girls and 1 boy).  One of the puppies died not long after birth.  Julie then developed a severe case of mastitis.  Her teat burst and she had to be removed from the puppies.  They then hand-raised the remaining 9 puppies from the time they were 1 1/2 weeks old.  We treated Julie for the mastitis, giving her antibiotics, pain meds and flushing the open wound 2-3 times each day until it healed.  She wasn't the most cooperative with the pills, but she tolerated the wound flushing like a champ!  She was a picky eater and we needed to get some weight back on her, so we experimented until we found that she liked Moist & Meaty dog food.  She soon was eating well and put on some weight.

We later found out that her owner had adopted her from Evansville Animal Control and Shelter with the requirement that she be spayed soon after adoption. However, they missed the spay appointment scheduled by EAC.  Instead she was to be used for breeding and the puppies were to be sold.   We try to reunite owners with their pets if possible and if it is in the best interest of the animal.  Even though Julie's stray hold had expired and she legally belonged to us, we agreed to make one last effort when we were contacted by the owners.  We offered to allow them to have Julie and the puppies if all of the medical expenses were paid (which looked to be around $3,000), all puppies and Julie were spayed, and they could submit to home visits from our animal control officers to prove that they could properly care for her.  That was the last we heard from them.  They didn't even call to ask how Julie or the puppies were doing.

Julie soon recovered from her ordeal and was finally ready for adoption.  After 3 weeks waiting for adoption, and over 2 1/2 months in our care, Julie was finally adopted at our weekly adoption event at PetsMart in Evansville this past Saturday, which that is coordinated by our wonderful volunteers.  She was adopted to a young lady in Henderson who had been visiting Julie regularly at the shelter and really wanted her.  We were very excited and happy for this wonderful soul that had been through so much.   We will be doing a home visit in the next few days to check on our sweetheart. 

As for all those puppies, our Rescue Coordinator Diane was able to place them in rescues out of state.  Background checks and home visits are a regular part of the adoption process for pit puppies.  They were all spayed/neutered before making their trip.

Congratulations Julie and thank you for being so patient and kind to us while in our care.  We love you and although we will miss your beautiful eyes, we are so happy that you have a loving home.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Defining the Henderson Pet Overpopulation Problem

Henderson County Population Statistics

This data breaks down the issue of pet overpopulation in Henderson County. Surrounding counties are having the same problem. The Humane Society of Henderson County is committed to eliminating creutly, abuse, neglect and homelessness in Henderson County with a specific emphasis on saving lives and reducing the overpopulation problem. Please join us in this fight to protect the the animals in our community that cannot fight for themselves.

*2000 census data for Henderson County along with national statistics

Henderson Population: 37,415
Households: 15,721
Avg. # of animals entering HSHC shelter: 1 in 6.5 households

# Households with Dogs: 31.6%
Dogs per household: 1.69
Total dogs with homes: 8,396
New Dog Homes Available / YR: 840

# Households with Cats: 27.3%
Cats per household: 2.19
Total cats with homes: 9,399
New Cat Homes Available / YR: 940

Total animals with homes: 17,795
Average Lifespan (yrs): 10
New Homes Available / YR: 1,779

# of litters from female cat / YR: up to 3
# of kittens per litter: 4-6
Age at which a female cat can produce first litter: 4-10 months
Gestation Period: 58-70 Days

# of litters from female dog / YR: up to 2
# of puppies per litter: 6-12
Age at which a female dog can produce first litter: 7-9 months
Gestation Period: 58-71 Days

Total Animals Adopted and Placed in Rescue 2010*:   1224
*Includes only HSHC adoptions, not other rescues organizations or private breeders, etc.

2010 HSHC Intake*
Total Intake: 2357
Total Available Homes: 1779

Cat Intake: 1117
Available Cat Homes: 940

Dog Intake: 1240
Available Dog Homes: 840

*Includes only HSHC intakes, not other rescues organizations or private breeders, etc.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?

Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?

  • Spaying /neutering your pet is good for your pet, you, and the community.
  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
  • Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets in our community.  We already have an overpopulation problem.  This means there are not enough homes for the number of animals born each year in Henderson County.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How to perform a basic pet check

Pet Parent Tip: Watch the ASPCA's Dr. Lander as she demonstrates how to give your pet a Basic Pet Check featuring Maverick, an ASPCA shelter cat who is available for adoption. Check back every other week for a new pet care tip! For more pet care and behavior tips, visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I Need to Vent

Maybe this isn’t the time or place. Maybe no one actually reads these blogs. Maybe I’m only “preaching to the choir”. But maybe someone will read this that needs to. Or maybe someone will pass this on to someone who needs to see it.

I don’t even know where to start. Maybe with Drew and Drake, the pit puppies that came in last week, taken from deplorable living conditions. They were malnourished, full of intestinal worms and as cute as can be. Oh yes, they also had not had any vet care during their short life. Which means they also came in with parvo. Which means we had 2 very sick puppies Thursday that had to be euthanized.

Then there’s Chloe. She is an 8 year old shepherd mix who is lovely in face and in spirit. Someone obviously loved her at one time because she is so lovable. Unfortunately they didn’t love her enough to have her spayed. They also didn’t love her enough to call looking for her. Oh – and they didn’t love her enough to provide heartworm prevention. So I have a senior female that is too old to be spayed without expensive blood work; that is, if she survived the heartworm treatment, which is also extremely expensive. We know the reality of finding a home for her. She will be euthanized within the week.

That brings to mind the people who criticize us for not being a “no kill” shelter. The reality of “no kill” shelters is that they are also known as Limited Intake shelters. They generally only take the most adoptable animals – the rest come to us. I have even been told that there are actually people in the Henderson community that have said they would be happy to donate large amounts of money to us, but won’t because we’re not a “no kill” shelter. I would like to take this opportunity to make those people aware that they are personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals each year. Because with the money they claim they want to use to help animals, we could possibly treat dogs with parvo. We could afford blood work to make sure the senior animals we get are healthy enough for surgery. We could provide heartworm treatment, not just for the most adoptable animals, but for all the animals that deserve a good home.

I will be going in tonight to check on Hope. She was taken from a home yesterday due to neglect. I have never seen so emaciated an animal. She has obviously been loved by someone at one time. When our Animal Control Officers came in, she got down off the couch and brought them her rope toy. This dog that possibly hasn’t eaten in days, maybe even weeks, just wanted someone to play with her. Her owner has apparently contacted us, claiming he was out of town and had a friend taking care of her. He needs new friends. We took her in last night, gave her food and fluids and a soft place to lay down. Her tail is wagging and she loves to cuddle. How could someone do this to her?

Then there’s the people that get mad at us for our fees. The ones that say “I don’t care about the leash law” then claim that the problem isn’t that the dogs are running loose. It’s because their neighbors don’t like them (no comment). The fact that we received multiple calls about the dogs being in the streets, dodging cars, tearing up trash is completely irrelevant. They make the statement that they’ll “just get rid of the $%^&* dogs” if they’re going to have to pay for breaking the law. Our Return to Owner fees are meant to be a deterrent. Just take care of your animals. That’s all we ask. Oh, and yes – that means keeping them in your yard.

One more story – the woman diagnosed with cancer whose husband is divorcing her and left her homeless. She is living in a garage and can’t keep her dog and 4 cats. She found a home for the dog, but had no choice but to bring the cats to us. These cats have been well taken care of. They’re beautiful and healthy. We will hopefully find goods home for all of them. This is the reason we’re here – to help people (and animals) in need.

Sorry this is so long. There are so many other stories; Julie, T'amo, Oreo, Meow. So many others. It’s been a rough week.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The 10 Canine Commandments

The 10 Canine Commandments
Author unknown
1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that when you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me - it's cruicial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry at me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Be aware of however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hands, but that I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinant or lazy,  ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not  getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun or in the cold too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too, will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: 'I can't bear to watch it', 'let it happen in my absence' or 'I am tired of you'. Everything is easier for me if you are there.

Remember, I love you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Niagara School Visit

Oliver and I really enjoyed our recent visit to Mrs. Bonnie Bailey's 2nd grade class at Niagara Elementary School. The children presented us with over $102 they had collected (Quarters for Cats and Dimes for Dogs).

We stayed and visited with them for around an hour.
We read a book about caring for your dog and discussed all the things pets need when they come to live at our homes.

Of course, the one they really wanted to see was Oliver.

They were very gentle and patient with him and he met with all of the children, allowing them to pet him and ask questions about him. He got a little tired near the end, but I was very proud of him. He did his job as Spokes Dog like a champ.

I loved meeting with the children and hearing what they had to say - always the best entertainment!! I hope we can do this again, teach children about pet care and animal safety, let children (and adults) know about the work we do at the Humane Society, and make new friends along the way.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lori and Oliver visit Niagara School

From The Gleaner (thegleaner.com):
"While the Henderson Humane Society's spokes dog Oliver works the room, shelter manager Lori Austin talks to students in Bonny Bailey's second grade class at Niagara Elementary. The class raised over $100 in a dimes for dogs and quarters for cats fundraising campaign for the local animal shelter."

Please watch the video at: http://www.courierpress.com/videos/detail/spokes-dog-visits-Niagara-elementary/

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Interested in becoming a member of the HSHC Board of Directors?


The Humane Society of Henderson County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1965. The HSHC is 100 percent funded by donations, grants and fees for services. We receive no government funding for the HSHC mission and programs.  The HSHC does have a contract with the City and County governments of Henderson County solely for animal control services.

Because we are committed to not killing healthy or reversibly ill or injured cats and dogs, we are in a growth and public awareness phase, and are therefore considered a "working board" (i.e., very involved in the shelter's operational excellence, fundraising, community awareness, volunteerism, budget management and strategic planning). As such, we will be continuously looking at the needs of the organization and the Board of Directors, and filling those needs with skilled individuals.

We seek talented and dedicated people who are willing to help us take the shelter and the community to the next phase of animal welfare.

If you are interested in applying for board membership, please review these basic requirements. You can apply for a Board position by completing the Membership Application.  Please mail your completed application to the HSHC shelter (attention Josh Williams) or email to josh@hshcky.org.

Membership Requirements
  • Actively serve on at least one committee per year.
  • Attend at least 75 percent of the regularly scheduled board meetings which are held from 6- 8 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month.
  • Participate in at least one fundraiser per year.
  • Visit the HSHC shelter at least quarterly.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of items discussed at the board meetings.
  • Represent the HSHC in a positive and ethical way in the community, and support the goals and visions of the organization.
  • Actively pursue opportunities for fund development, open doors of communication and build relationships with animal advocates in the community.
** Note: HSHC Board Members are covered by the shelter’s liability insurance

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Donation Options - President's Message

Along with the new year, we have created new restricted donation options to help you support the care of the animals in our community in a way that best suites you.  These include donations for spay/neuter surgeries, animal welfare, facilities and programs, and general organization funding.  For example, we expect to perform 800-1000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2011 at an approximate cost of $40,000.  Our new Animal Welfare donation option goes directly to the cost of the daily care, vaccinations, food, medical supplies, and vet services for the animals that come into our facility.  In 2010, we cared for nearly 2400 animals and each stayed an average of 11 days.  That equates to roughly 72 animals in our care every single day.  The Humane Society is an independant 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the funding for this care comes directly from grants and donations you provide.  We do have a contract with the City and County for animal control services.  The money they provide is used soley for animals control services and not the areas of need listed above.  Also, any money you donate WILL NOT be used for animal control services.

The Humane Society provides animal control services so that we can save as many homeless animals as possible by moving them into the Humane Society program if left unclaimed by an owner.  Without providing such a service, we feel many of these animals would not have a chance at a new home.  An example of a separate Humane Society and Animal Control operation is Vandeburgh County.  The Vandeburgh Humane Society does a wonderful job caring for their animals.  The Animal Control facility, which is government owned and operated has many more resource limitations for the care of the animals they receive, and if they are not adopted within a week of the stray hold release date, they are forced to euthanize.  Fortunately for us, we have NO set date for euthanasia, though I know that is a common misconception.

The Humane Society of Henderson County has been in the process of making many changes over the past year.  These include critical facility repairs and improvements, restructuring of staff and Board of Directors, and new policies and procedures, most of which may not be visible to the general public. However, these improvements come with increased expense.  The next phase of our rebuilding process is to now show our community what we are doing, what limitations we still face, and what our goals are for the future of the Humane Society for Henderson County with your support.  To help restore confidence in these donations and the Humane Society in general, we have an Accountant handling all bookkeeping for the Humane Society, as well has annual audits conducted by an outside Accounting Firm.  We are also now listed as a Guidestar Exchange Partner in Trust.  We plan to provide reports to the public showing expenses and donations for each of these areas of need. 

Please take a moment to review our new donation options and please donate to support the care of the animals in our community.  Without your financial support, we will be unable to continue to provide the necessary level of care for these animals, or expand on the care and community programs Henderson County desparately needs.  The current animal care expenses are already over budget and donations are not at the level needed to cover them.  Every donation, whether large or small, does make a positive impact on an animals life.  Please donate today. 

Thank you,
Josh Williams
President HSHC