About Our Shelter...
The mission of the Humane Society of Richmond County Inc. is to provide a safe haven for animals in need and to be the nucleus of Richmond County’s animal care and control program. To that end the Society will:
(1) provide care at the shelter for humane treatment of impounded, stray, abandoned, seized or unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals;
(2) make healthy animals available for adoption;
(3) provide public education on animal welfare and related issues; and
(4) reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born yearly and reduce euthanasias of unwanted animals.
The Humane Society of Richmond County Inc. is associated with the Humane Society of the United States and shares its goals.
The shelter has the capability of housing 325 dogs and cats in the event of an emergency, Bacon said. Normal daily capacity is between 120 to 180 animals per day. The shelter has a special quarantine area for all bite or high risk animals. By law, all bites must be reported to the Richmond County Health Department and the bite animal is usually impounded for ten days at the animal shelter at the expense of its owner.
The shelter began its ninth year of operation July, 2010 and has been home to approximately 34,750 dogs and cats. . Five to seven percent of these animals are returned to their owners and estimated 30 percent of the animals are deemed unadoptable due to poor medical condition, disease or temperament. Of the remaining 60 percent, approximately 35 percent are adopted or are placed with another shelter or rescue for adoption.
Non-traditional domestic animals such as chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets are adopted out or placed in foster care. Rescued and injured wildlife such as squirrels, wild rabbits and songbirds are placed with certified wildlife agencies in accordance with North Carolina state laws.
One of the missions of the Humane Society of Richmond County is to promote humane education within the county. Through individual and corporate $25 sponsorships, the Humane Society placed KIND NewsTM (Kids in Nature’s Defense) newsletters in 175 public and private kindergarten to fifth grade classrooms throughout the county.
Bite prevention techniques are taught by the Humane Society’s education coordinator through visits to individual schools, day cares, 4-H and scouting groups. Scooby, HSRC bite prevention dog, also visits local senior citizen centers and assisted living facilities.
The Humane Society operates two Spay Neuter Programs:
The NC Low Income Public Assistance (LIPA) Spay/Neuter Program: Richmond County households which receive one or more public assistance items: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Work First, Health Choice, adoption or foster care assistance, or special assistance through DSS OR have a fixed income such as Social Security, disability, Supplemental Security Income, long term unemployment or meets federal proverty guidelines based on family size. Personal animals can be fixed for $32.
Program #2 -
Open to the public in need with no income or residency requirements for a fee of $62 to $82. South Carolina residents and Anson County residents are urged to participate as a number of unwanted animals are received every year from these areas by the animal shelter in Richmond County.
Vouchers are available for purchase at the shelter during normal business hours and must be obtained prior to surgery. All surgeries are performed at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass and include the cost of surgery, a one year rabies vaccine, pain medication and transportation to and from the clinic.
Come Meet Our Pets...
The shelter operates 7 days a week - the only day we are closed to the public is Wednesday. However, we do accept animals from the public on an emergency basis on Wednesday.
Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 2064, Rockingham, NC 28380.
Our phone numbers are: 910-895-0335; FAX 910-895-8989
Business Hours are:
Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday - 1 to 4 p.m.
Our street address is: 529 US Highway 74 West Business, Rockingham, NC 28379.
The shelter is located two miles west of downtown Rockingham on Business Highway 74 - NOT the By-pass 74.