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Harrison County Humane Society in Shinnston, West Virginia is an independent, “no-kill”, non-profit organization. Each year they adopt out over 800 cats and dogs who have come from the county shelter as either strays or owner surrenders. Their mission is to save as many lives as possible by rescuing animals who are at high risk of euthanasia. For every animal that has been placed in a new loving forever home, another is rescued.
In addition to a comprehensive adoption program, the society strives to improve animal welfare through several programs and initiatives:
As a private, non-profit organization, they rely entirely on kind donations, grants, fundraising efforts, income from their thrift store, and adoption fees to keep operating.
Can you help support the amazing work Harrison County Humane Society does? Consider adopting a four-legged friend from their shelter today. Keep reading below for more information on their process and fees.
Interested in adopting a new pet from Harrison County Humane Society? Here's how it works:
Harrison County Humane Society also offers a 5-day foster trial period before committing to taking on a pet for life. Contact the shelter to learn more.
Adoption fees at the Harrison County Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations (including rabies), deworming, microchipping for dogs, and FeLV/FIV testing for cats. Microchipping for cats is available for $20.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.