NOTICE OF SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR SHELTER:
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens will now be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning January 9, 2017, and the following week we will be open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Those days will rotate weekly. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the hours are 9 to 3. On Saturday, the hours are 8 to 1! If you plan on visiting the shelter on Saturday, please call 903-677-7387 to make sure we are open. This schedule change will not affect animal control for the county. They will continue to work their same schedule, as well as the cities who have animal control officers.
A huge Thank You to all who donated to our Humane Society on East Texas Giving Day on May 3! There was a huge glitch in the server of the company hired by the East Texas Communities Foundation! A very reliable company who has managed many of these Giving Days throughout the U.S. But...the server crashed about 10:00 A.M. and anyone wanting to donate online was unable to do so. However, our Humane Society received $1685.00 in donations throughout the giving day and we are thrilled with that amount. We are sorry for those who attempted to donate and had problems, but the donations we received will go a long way to help our homeless animals at the shelter be cared for until they find a forever home. Thank you all!
Our largest animal problem in Henderson County, TX. is the huge number of dogs and cats who have not been spayed/neutered/fixed. Our next problem is the large number of animals running at large, terrifying neighbors and being a nuisance to those in their community! Henderson County has an Animal Control Ordinance that addresses all these problems! What we must do, together, is insist that law enforcement follow and enforce the Animal Control Ordinance on the books and contact county officials when we have animal problems. Also, we must all be responsible for our own animals! If you would like to read the Animal Control Ordinance for Henderson County, please google Henderson County and click on Ordinances! It's all there!
But to address the large number of animals that are not spayed/neutered/fixed in our county, that are the major problem, we have a number of resources available to get this done at a low cost! Listed below are the low cost clinics in our area that can assist you!
1. Friends of the Animals, Gun Barrel City, 903-887-7387
2. Dehart Veterinary Services, (Comes to Athens every 3rd Friday) 903-590-7722
Also goes to Tyler, Jacksonville and several other cities in East Texas. Please
look at website for locations.
3. SNIPPET Tyler, 903-596-7722
4. Spay Neuter Network, Crandall, 903-472-3500
PLEASE DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP THE ANIMALS YOU TAKE IN! ANIMALS CAN BE FAIRLY EXPENSIVE TO CARE FOR, DEPENDING ON THEIR NEEDS, AND WE CAN ALL MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS HAVING TO BE PUT DOWN IF WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS. THINK OF THE THINGS YOU CAN GIVE UP FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME TO GET YOUR ANIMALS FIXED! IT REALLY DOESN'T TAKE MUCH OF A SACRIFICE, AND OUR HUMANE SOCIETY CAN ONLY FIND HOMES FOR SO MANY! AND THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN FIND HOMES FOR THE 5000 CATS AND DOGS WE ARE GETTING ANNUALLY! PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
If You're Looking For A Great Gift For A Friend, We Now Have Gift Certificates Available at the Shelter in Athens And at the Litter Box Thrift Shop. LITTER BOX BUCKS can be redeemed at the Litter Box Thrift Shop for Many Wonderful Items. They Come In Denominations of $1.00 and $5.00! If You Visit Our Litter Box You Will Be Amazed At The Items and Prices!
GREAT NEWS! THE LITTER BOX RESALE SHOP IS NOW OPEN 1 day a week! The Litter Box also now has a Facebook page where some of our items are posted and any news we have to share! We will be open each Saturday of the month from 9 to 3! WE HAVE MANY WONDERFUL NEW ITEMS TO CHOOSE FROM CONSTANTLY! EVERYTHING MARKED DOWN AND MANY DESIGNER AND HIGH QUALITY THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM. WE HAVE CLOTHES, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, TOOLS, DISHES, TOYS AND MUCH MORE. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE HENDERSON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY IN ATHENS. LOCATION...303 N. PRAIRIEVILLE, ATHENS. If you have items to donate please call 214-542-4441, 903-681-4513 or 972-672-5579. You may also donate your things on Saturdays when we're open, between 9 and 2! Also, if you call one of the above numbers, someone will meet you at the Litter Box at a convenient time!
The Henderson County Humane Society in Athens takes in all animals that come to us! The sad fact is that in 2013, we took in an average of 1 animal every 30 minutes. We do everything we can do to keep all the adoptable animals and try to find them homes. We believe that we must meet the needs of all the animals that are in our care and give them a happy, healthy home until they are adopted.
Donations to our shelter are very low at this time! Many people think we get government money to care for all our animals, but we get very little. We receive no federal money to operate our privately owned corporation. We do receive funds from the City of Athens and Henderson County that account for about one third of our income. That income is for our shelter to take in animal control animals from the City of Athens and the County. We desperately need donations from the public to continue to be able to take care of all animals that are surrendered to us. We would close our doors before we provided less than quality care for these homeless animals.
We have established a Subscribe button on our website, www.hchstx.com, so that our supporters may set up an automatic monthly donation to our humane society. You may use a Paypal account or a credit card for the monthly donation. The population in Henderson County is over 80,000 people. If half those people contributed $5.00 a month, as well as the surrounding counties that bring animals to us, we would receive enough funds to be able to continue providing a safe haven for homeless animals.
If you are interested in helping us keep our shelter open, please go to our website and set up a monthly automatic donation. There are 5 choices for amounts to donate monthly…$5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $50.00, and $100.00. If you need assistance in setting this up, please call Ellen at 903-570-4546. Instructions are also on our website and included below!
Also, most banks now offer their customers the ability to set automatic monthly donations. You can usually set that up online too. Another option is to give a one time donation by clicking the DONATE button on the bottom left of this page.
Henderson County Humane Society in Athens is one of the few open admission shelters in all of East Texas, which means we take all animals that are surrendered to us. Our surrender fees for animals in Henderson County are low so that the homeless animals will have a place to call home. Please help us keep this shelter available to all the homeless animals in East Texas and give us the opportunity to find them loving, forever homes! Next are the instructions for setting up an automatic monthly donation!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
To set up an automatic monthly donation to the Henderson County Humane Society please click on the Subscribe button below!
The Henderson County Humane Society was chartered as a non-profit animal welfare organization in 1985. The society operated as a fostering/adoption agency until January of 1989. At that time the city of Athens requested that the society take over operation of the city animal shelter. We operated out of the old city shelter built in 1973. The city paid our utilities and gave us a monthly fee in return for our caring for city confiscated and citizen surrendered animals. We still have that agreement with the city of Athens and in addition we take in animals from municipal animal control programs and/or citizens of the county of Henderson.