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Helping Hands Humane Society takes in over 6,000 vulnerable animals that need help every year. With a history dating back nearly 130 years, they're a well-established organization that strives to continue to have a powerful impact on the animals and people they serve.
Originally named Shawnee County Humane Society, the shelter became Helping Hands Humane Society in 1963. In 2013, they moved to new premises where they continues to save animal lives through many important community services:
They receive up to 20 animals that need medical treatment, shelter, food, and care every day. All stray and lost animals are kept for a 3-day period to afford owners a chance to claim them before they're put up for adoption.
Helping Hands Humane Society welcomes you to visit their shelter and meet the pets that would love to become your new best friend. If you're looking to adopt a dog, please don't judge them as they bark while you pass their kennels. They're simply excited to see you and are in an unfamiliar environment that can be stressful to them.
You need to be at least 18 years old to adopt a pet or 21 years old if you're looking to adopt a Pit Bull or any breed that requires experience, knowledge, and a bit more patience.
There are 4 steps to adopt the dog or cat of your dreams:
You can download, complete, and submit the adoption form by email prior to visiting the shelter.
Adoption fees at Helping Hands Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping for dogs. Cats adopted from the shelter are eligible for a reduced $25 microchipping fee.
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.