Our Mission, through the promotion of education in basic humane animal care, is to relieve animal suffering and to prevent cruelty to animals. At Caring Hands Humane Society we believe all animals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect during all stages of life. We always strive to provide the best possible care to the animals entrusted to us and to educate others about the benefits of strengthening the bond between humans and companion animals.
For many years, the entire nation has worked to achieve “No Kill” status as a goal to become more progressive in animal welfare and hold higher standards for saving the lives of homeless animals everywhere. A “No Kill” organization is an animal welfare organization that does not euthanize healthy or treatable animals, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety. An organization must have a live release rate of 90% or above to be considered this. During 2016, Caring Hands reached the goal with 90.42% and has improved each year. Caring Hands’ most current live release rate is 95.2%! Behind those statistics are thousands of individual stories with happy endings because of your help!
Currently in the animal welfare world, “No Kill” has instead begun to bring a negative impact that no one would have anticipated. Many organizations that are unable to get the support they need are suffering more now than ever. While we continue our dedication to finding a home for every animal entrusted to us, we want our supporters to know that “No Kill” does not determine whether or not an organization is worthy of support. This achievement is not reached by shelter staff alone. Each organization relies heavily on the support of their community, rescue organizations, adopters, volunteers, donors, fosters, and access to resources. There are so many other factors as well that determine the success of an organization – including but not limited to, funding, space, population of jurisdiction, staffing, access to veterinarians and vet technicians.
We are extremely grateful to have a supportive community that has helped us maintain a high live release rate! So many times when our resources were stretched to the limit, you came forward and brought food for the animals so they did not go hungry. You donated blankets so they were not cold. You gave them toys so they could have a little joy during their stay here. You saved their lives by providing foster homes until a kennel opened up or until they found their forever home. You sponsored their transport fees so they could go to rescues. You’ve supported us in our endeavors every time we have asked for your help.
The companion animals here cannot speak, so on their behalf, we say thank you!
To find out how to take the next steps towards saving each and every animal, visit our volunteer, fostering, memberships, or donations pages.