Today we were delighted to have as a guest in our offices, Mary Beth Knapp. Mary Beth is a board member of the Humane Society of York County – an incredible organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals here in our local community. Stephen has long been an advocate for animals and has a history of supporting causes that are crucial to their needs. He is proud to be able to highlight the HSYC and their work on the Stephen Cooley Real Estate Show as well as here on our blog.
The Humane Society of York County endeavors to help York County become a Non-Kill community. Their self-described mission is that “We are finding loving fur-ever homes for dogs and cats.” They do this by helping to increase dog and cat adoptions and rescues, and by helping to empower pet owners to be responsible and accountable for their actions. Last year alone, the HSYC successfully placed 929 pets in loving homes thus preventing them from being euthanized. In addition, in an effort to stop future overpopulation, they now require that all adopted pets be spayed or neutered before leaving the rescue.
Because they are an independent, No-Kill facility, the HSYC obtains funds via grants, adoptions, fundraising activities and donations from generous supporters. Often people mistakenly think that since they are named the “Humane Society of York County” funds are received from other Humane Society non-profits. Unfortunately, this is not the case. So please give locally and volunteer. You can be confident that they strive to be good stewards of the time and money you donate so that more animals can be saved.
During her visit, Mary Beth proudly educated us on a number of different things this Humane Society does on a regular basis. Much of it can be found on their website. Some notable examples include information and programs related to spaying and neutering pets, adoption and surrender, and various upcoming events. In addition, for those that share their passion, there are numerous ways to join in the mission. Through volunteer opportunities, you can help make a difference. Current volunteers needed could help with raising donations, dog walking, grooming, and even fostering a pet in need of a temporary home.
In order to become a volunteer, you must:
- Be 16 years old or older.
- Complete the Volunteer Application and sign the Waiver of Liability
- Attend the Volunteer Orientation
More information regarding volunteering and forms mentioned can be found at www.humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org.
Finally – and perhaps most importantly – if you have a good home and a loving heart that you wish to share with a cat or dog in need of rescuing, you can see photos of adoptable pets here. The page is updated often, and they try to keep the list current. If you’d like to speak to someone about rescuing one of our furry friends shown, you can get started by calling 803-802-0902.
Make sure to tell them Stephen sent you 🙂
We hope you visit the site often and support the Humane Society of York County.