The Humane Society of Polk County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by donations. The Humane Society is Polk County's first and only no kill animal shelter! The society is a community service dedicated to prevent animal suffering. We care for unwanted, abused and abandoned animals and provide many other animal related services.
The organization was chartered in 1972 and the shelter was built in 1980. We have a staff of eleven employees. Our shelter is currently located in Winter Haven at 3195 Dundee Road. The shelter usually has thirty dogs and seventy five cats in residence. Each year our number of animals fluctuates our last fiscal year over eleven hundred animals were taken in. All accepted animals are spayed or neutered, provided with shots, heart worm tested or feline leukemia/aids tested, de-wormed, micro-chipped, provided a physical exam by a local veterinarian and given comfortable shelter, food and water. These animals are given a great deal of TLC by a caring staff. Occasionally wildlife is accepted, but in general we try to turn these over to other agencies better equipped to handle them.
Every day in the United States, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. When this number is compared to the 10,000 human births each day, it's clear that there can never be enough homes for all these pets. Educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets, from school children to adult groups, is one of our organization's prime objectives. Educational programs are available upon request. SNIP (Spay neuter inoculation Program) is a service to low income families only in Polk County. Qualifing families pets will be spayed or neutered and provided shots for a fee of $20. For those who do not qualify for SNIP, we offer a low cost spay/neuter program at our shelter to provide our community a reasonable solution to the senseless slaughter of innocent animals.
At the Humane Society each animal will be observed and evaluated before going up for adoption. Health and temperament are closely evaluated by our vet and temperament specialist. We view euthanasia with mixed emotions. That animals must be killed is a difficult burden to bear; but diseased, frightened or injured animals trying to survive in a hostile community are infinitely worse. When Hurricane Charlie ripped through our hearts as well as our shelter, we decided that a change was necessary. Now more than ever we need the support of animal lovers like you to help us build a new safe haven for the animals in our community. The Humane Society is the first and only "No- Kill" Animal Rescue Shelter in Polk County. Our desire is to make our community a "no kill" community, one in which we kill the crisis, not the animal.