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Prize winners in the Adoption Story Challenge! -- Monday October 5th, 2020
We are excited to announce that our heart-warming adoption story, "Penelope and Orville: A Song for Many Voices", written by Kathleen Free, was one of the runner-up winners in the Clear the Shelters Adoption Story Challenge! Thanks to the generosity of the Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org, our shelter will receive $1000 and $500 worth of pet supplies!
Here are two great articles about the contest results:
The prize-winning story can be read here.
Thanks to everyone who voted for our story, and helped a small shelter's story rise to the top!
Clear the Shelters ADOPTION STORY CHALLENGE! -- Wednesday September 23rd, 2020
We've entered our adoption story of Penelope, the cat born without eyes, and Orville, her "seeing-eye cat", into the Clear the Shelters "Adoption Story Challenge." Winning stories from shelters can win prizes of cash or supplies for their shelter's use.
Click here to read our story - then vote (you can vote once a day through September 30th). Voting is free and easy. Your vote could help us win a great prize!
You can also click here to read a wonderful article by our friends at the Daily Reporter, and learn more about the pets and people in this story.
Thanks to the Clear the Shelters Campaign, The Animal Rescue Site, and GreaterGood.org for this opportunity!
Grant Received from AdoptaPet.com and Advantage II -- Sunday August 16th, 2020
We are excited to announce that our shelter was one of 30 recipients in the "Little Acts, Big Help Advantage" grant program, an opportunity provided by AdoptaPet.com and Advantage II. The story of Scarlett, one of our shelter residents, resulted in a grant award from the Advantage II brand that has supplied us with 372 doses of Advantage II flea protection to treat our shelter residents, an award worth over $3,000!
We'd like to thank the great people at AdoptaPet.com and Advantage II for their generosity. You can read more about the shelters who will benefit from this grant, here:
"Clear the Shelters" Campaign in August! -- Friday July 31st, 2020
THIS AUGUST, “ADOPT & DONATE” TO HELP NBC AND TELEMUNDO OWNED STATIONS CLEAR THE SHELTERS
NEW YORK – (July 1, 2020) – NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations) today announced that its Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign will run from August 1 to August 31. To help individuals and communities continue to practice safe social distancing measures, the stations’ month-long “Adopt & Donate” effort will feature virtual pet adoptions and make it easy for people to donate online to participating shelters/rescues. This is the sixth consecutive year that NBC and Telemundo owned stations present their popular pet adoption initiative to communities nationwide. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign has helped more than 410,000 pets find new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com for more information.
“As communities all across the country continue to practice social distancing, this year’s Clear The Shelters campaign will allow individuals to find their perfect pet through virtual platforms. Our partners WeRescue and 24PetWatch have great web and online tools that make it easy to find a pet and navigate the pet adoption process with shelters,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “If adopting a pet is not possible right now, our partners at GreaterGood.org have a great website where anyone can donate to shelters/rescues to help them continue their great work. We are excited for our NBC and Telemundo stations to present another memorable Clear The Shelters campaign this August.”
This year’s Clear The Shelters’ “Adopt & Donate” campaign features returning partners WeRescue and GreaterGood.org, and new partner 24PetWatch. Users can use the WeRescue iOS app to locate adoptable pets near their zip code, submit their pet adoption applications through shelters’ websites, and ask questions directly to shelters. Individuals who are interested in donating to a shelter/rescue, please visit GreaterGood.org’s Clear The Shelters donation site ClearTheSheltersFund.org. In addition, 24PetWatch is enabling shelters to increase their exposure through 24Petshelter.com/cleartheshelter, a free website providing a full list of participating shelters and their adoptable pets along with a link to contact them.
“From the beginning, the goal of the WeRescue app has been to help more people rescue the love of their lives at a nearby pet shelter. The app does this by making available over 70 filters to allow adopters to be very specific about the pet which will match their lifestyle. We are thrilled to once again partner with NBC and Telemundo owned stations for their month-long Clear The Shelters event, to make it easy for anyone to browse the pet listings in our app, pre-apply with a shelter before their visit, and find the right pet for them,” added Mark Wade, Founder and CEO, WeRescue.
"GreaterGood.org is proud to partner again with NBC and Telemundo owned stations for their Clear The Shelters campaign to help thousands of homeless pets find loving homes across the U.S.," said Liz Baker, CEO for GreaterGood.org. "This year’s ‘Adopt & Donate’ focus will give animal welfare advocates the tools they need to save lives in two ways – by adopting a new furry family member, and by financially supporting animal shelters who need help now more than ever.”
“We are proud to do our part to help shelters bring pet families together, in-person or virtually,” said Michelle Cole, 24PetWatch Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.
Total funds donated to shelters/rescues and the total number of pets adopted from virtual platforms and any in-person adoption events will be announced by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations after August 31. Local stations working in partnership with their shelters/rescues may hold live events throughout August, if local conditions allow. Check ClearTheShelters.com for more information.
Follow the effort on Twitter @ClearTheShelter, and on social media using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues.
About Clear The Shelters
Clear The Shelters™ / Desocupar Los Albergues® is an annual, nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Every year, NBCUniversal’s TV stations (NBC and Telemundo owned stations), plus affiliated stations partner with local animal shelters and rescues in their communities to host Clear The Shelters events. NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign was inspired by a 2014 North Texas pet adoption event hosted by NBC 5 / KXAS and Telemundo 39 / KXTX and dozens of area shelters that resulted in the most adopted pets in one day for North Texas. Since 2015, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 410,000 pets finding new homes. Visit ClearTheShelters.com, DesocuparLosAlbergues.com for more information.
About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 42 NBC and Telemundo local television stations and subsidiary digital businesses serving 30 markets, a regional news network, multicast networks COZI TV and TeleXitos, and LX, the division’s new TV/streaming network that serves adults 18-45, a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company. The local TV stations can be viewed in 38 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico and produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.
2020 Low-cost Vaccination Clinics begin soon! -- Thursday May 21st, 2020
Our Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics for dogs and cats will begin soon! Clinics with the local veterinarians you love are scheduled for June, July, and September 2020. For more information including locations and costs, click here: Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics
Our Grand Re-opening! -- Friday February 28th, 2020
Our shelter is re-opening, and our Open House is in the news! It's been a tough few months, and we appreciate all the support we have received from our community. Our thanks to the Daily Reporter for their coverage - their article can be read below:
Grant Awarded by Hancock Co. Community Foundation -- Sunday June 16th, 2019
Community Foundation Grant Awarded
Hancock County Humane Society is honored to announce the receipt of a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation. The grant, in the amount of $6,902.75, will establish an Animal Health and Medical Fund. This fund will be used to pay for spay/neuter and medical expenses for pets in our community, and enable us to continue to rescue animals needing medical care that might otherwise be euthanized. Medical and spay/neuter expenses during our last fiscal year totaled $27,801, and this grant will increase the number of animals we are able to help.
Our volunteers are grateful to the Hancock County Community Foundation for its generosity, and we are excited about the opportunity to expand the services we can provide to our community!
Medical Expense Fund Drive -- Monday November 26th, 2018
Medical Expense Fund Drive:
$21,700+. That's how much money the Hancock County Humane Society has spent already this year on medical expenses for the animals in our care, as we look for their furever homes.
Can you help us? We'd like to raise $10,000 by the end of 2018. YOU can be part of the work we're doing for homeless pets in our community. Please donate today!
Our Roof Replacement Begins! -- Sunday September 16th, 2018
Thanks to a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation, and many donations from companies and individuals, work is beginning this week to replace our leaking roof! Due to the construction equipment, visitors and volunteers will need to park on the street instead of our parking lot during the week of September 17th. We will also be unable to accept donations of aluminum cans during this time, due to the lack of storage. These inconveniences will hopefully be done soon. Thanks for your patience, and thanks to all of you who made it possible for us to maintain a safe facility for our pets!
Our "Raise the Roof" Campaign is In the News! -- Monday April 30th, 2018
Our shelter's need for a new roof has made the local news in a big way! Our sincere thanks to the news organizations who have helped us spread the word about our situation. Please take a look at their coverage for more information: