Welcome to the Humane Society of Warren County, Virginia
Supervisory Veterinarian: Dr. Susanne Hirsch, DVM
Volunteer Veterinarians: Dr. Roe Hirsch, DVM & Dr. Andrea VanSchoick, DVM
Mission: The Humane Society of Warren County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to abandoned, abused, homeless and neglected animals in our community. We aim to educate pet owners on the importance of vaccinations and population control and to place adoptable pets in loving homes.
History: The Humane Society of Warren County was incorporated April 1st, 1947 by Julia Wagner to provide food, shelter, and care to lost, stray and abandoned animals of Warren County, Virginia.
In late 2011, the Humane Society of Warren County began an agressive campaign to increase adoptions and decrease the rate of unnecessary euthanasia. By the end of 2012, the animal shelter achieved no-kill status in the dog department for the first time in shelter history, with a 92% live release rate. At the same time, cat adoptions increased over 70%. Today, those life saving efforts continue. In 2015, HSWC was able to save over 92% of the animals that came into the shelter. This is an unprecedented life saving accomplishment for our rural shelter. Animals once thought disposable were provided the medical and behavioral help they needed and have been given an opportunity for a second chance. It is our pleasure to now work in an animal shelter where all adoptable pets are given a second chance.
Vision: It is our vision to be part of a community where every pet is a wanted pet.
We are able to provide services to the citizens of Warren County due to the following financial resources: Membership Dues, Fundraising Events, Individual Contributions, Warren County Government Contract, Julia Wagner Trust and loose change collected through our "Animal Banks" that are located at local business establishments.
Welcome to the Humane Society of Warren County!
Lavenda Denney, Executive Director Lavenda joined the Humane Society of Warren County on September 7, 2011. She came to HSWC with 10 years of non-profit management experience and has degrees from both Western Kentucky and Shenandoah University. Lavenda is an animal lover with a gift for creating an environment where diverse groups of people work together for the greater good. Marcy Gallo, Kennel Director Marcy started volunteering at the Humane Society of Warren County in January of 2011. She joined the team as a full time employee in May 2011. She has a background in management and spent several years as a veterinary assistant. Marcy has always been passionate about animals and is excited to be a part of the amazing team at HSWC. Suzy Daley, Adoption Coordinator Suzy joined the Humane Society of Warren County as a Kennel Attendant on August 1, 2008, while completing her bachelor's degree from George Mason University. She was promoted to Canine Team Leader in 2011 and is now serving as the organizations Adoption Coordinator. Suzy loves working with animals and is committed to helping the homeless animals of Warren County. Michael Kerns, Feline Team Leader Michael first joined the Humane Society of Warren County on October 31, 2003. He has 10 years of on the job experience. Michael is a dedicated employee with great insight into cats.
Lavenda Denney, Executive Director
Lavenda joined the Humane Society of Warren County on September 7, 2011. She came to HSWC with 10 years of non-profit management experience and has degrees from both Western Kentucky and Shenandoah University. Lavenda is an animal lover with a gift for creating an environment where diverse groups of people work together for the greater good.
Marcy Gallo, Kennel Director
Marcy started volunteering at the Humane Society of Warren County in January of 2011. She joined the team as a full time employee in May 2011. She has a background in management and spent several years as a veterinary assistant. Marcy has always been passionate about animals and is excited to be a part of the amazing team at HSWC.
Suzy Daley, Adoption Coordinator
Suzy joined the Humane Society of Warren County as a Kennel Attendant on August 1, 2008, while completing her bachelor's degree from George Mason University. She was promoted to Canine Team Leader in 2011 and is now serving as the organizations Adoption Coordinator. Suzy loves working with animals and is committed to helping the homeless animals of Warren County.
Michael Kerns, Feline Team Leader
Michael first joined the Humane Society of Warren County on October 31, 2003. He has 10 years of on the job experience. Michael is a dedicated employee with great insight into cats.
At the Humane Society of Warren County, we make every effort to complete the adoption process and place adoptable pets in their new homes as soon as possible.
Please fill out an adoption application. Once our Adoption Coordinator receives your application she will review the form and call any necessary references (veterinarian, landlord). Once approved, you will come in to fill out an adoption contract, schedule a spay/neuter appointment (if your new pet is unaltered) and take your newest furry family member home.
Our cat adoption fee is 15.00
Our dog adoption fee is 30.00
Our puppy adoption fee is $130.00 for puppies 5 months and younger. The puppy adoption fee includes the cost of the spay or neuter through the Anicira Veterinary Center (formerly known as the Shenandoah Valley Spay Neuter Clinic) in Harrisonburg, VA.
The adoption fees for cats and dogs, over 5 months of age, do not include the cost of the spay or neuter. We can help you register your pet to be altered at the low cost Anicira Veterinary Center (formerly the Shenandoah Valley Spay Neuter Clinic) in Harrisonburg, VA. There is also an option of a low cost spay/neuter program in Stephens City, VA, petneuter.org. Of course, you can choose to have your new pet altered at your regular veterinarian. Local veterinarians often offer special rates for pets adopted from our shelter. Our Adoption Coordinator will provide you with a list of valuable resources.
You may opt to pay for additional services such as micro-chip & special testing.
We adopt animals to any area in the United States as long as you are willing to travel to pick up your pet. If you do not live in Warren County or one of its surrounding subsidies, it is state law that the pet must be spayed or neutered before it leaves the shelter.
Click the link to see a list of our adoptable pets: Petfinder
The Humane Society of Warren County would like to thank our 2015 Sponsors! Event title and supporting sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call us today, or click here, to find out how you can support the homeless animals of Warren County, VA and how we can promote your business.
| BEST IN SHOW ~$5,000 and up
TOP DOG ~ $2,500—$4,999
| CATS MEOW ~ $1,000—$2,499
BAD TO THE BONE
There are a number of ways that you can help the HSWC:
HSWC Volunteer Program:
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Humane Society of Warren County. You will find a downloadable volunteer application on this page. You can print the application and turn it in at our shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630 or fax it to 540-635-0262. Once your application is received, you will be contacted by our Community Outreach Coordinator, to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. New Volunteer Orientations are held monthly. Following completion of the 2 hour orientation you will be invited to begin volunteering. Volunteers are vital to the successful operation of HSWC and a variety of volunteer opportunities are available:
HSWC Volunteer Positions (age 16 and over)
Dog Walking/Good Buddy ~ Volunteers are needed Thursday - Tuesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to walk dogs. Let staff help you select a dog that's right for you. You can take the pooch outside walk around the property or even play off leash in the dog play yard. Regular exericise helps kennelled pets release energy and learn good leah skills which make them more adoptable.
Good Buddy Program (advanced commitment and additional training required)~ When we find volunteers that are great at walking dogs and ready to increase their volunteer commitment, they are invited to become Good Buddies. These are special volunteers who teach shelter dogs manners to increase their adoptability and ultimately save their life. Good Buddies choose a dog to work with and they commit to working with that one dog for a minimum of 45 munutes two times per week. During those sessions, the Good Buddy utilizes training techniques from the My Dog Has Class Program to assist their canine buddy in earning a BA degree. In addition to the 45 minute sessions, Good Buddy's also attend regular meetings and canine training sessions.
Customer Service ~ Greet and assist potential adopters in pet selection, explain adoption policies, answer questions, remove pets from kennels and allow potential adopters to interact with the animals. The shelter is the busiest between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and you can be of the most assistance during that time frame.
Cat Kennels ~(additional training provided) ~ As a Petco Adoption Partner, we are able to showcase six of our adoptable kitties at the Petco retail store located in Front Royal. It is our responsibility to care for the cats housed at this location and we rely on our volunteer force to get the job done. Hundreds of lives are saved each year due to our ability to utilize this retail space. Volunteers are needed to clean the six kennels and provide food and water for the cats every day of the week starting at 8:30 a.m. It takes between 1 and 2 hours to clean the six kennels. In the afternoons, volunteers are needed to spot clean.
Kitty Socialization ~ Volunteers with kitty experience or those willing to learn are invited to become special friends to the kitties and help the staff socialize and provide human contact to semi-feral cats.
TNR Volunteers ~ (advanced commitment and training required) ~ Volunteers are needed to work with the HSWC TNR Coordinators and property owners who have colonies of feral cats to Trap Neuter and Return those cats back to the location to end unwanted litters and reduce feral cat relinquishment to the shelter. TNR training is conducted once a year in preparation for kitten season.
HSWC Junior Volunteer Program & Positions (ages 10 -15)
HSWC Jr. Volunteer Program & Positions: Anyone under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian attend the New Volunteer Orientation with them and is responsible for signing all waivers. Any Jr. Volunteer between the ages of 10 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while working in the shelter. Jr. Volunteers ages 16 & 17 may work independently and are trained as adult volunteers. Children under 10 are not able to volunteer.
Paws to Read ~ Jr. Volunteers who are able to read at any level may come to the shelter to read to the cats or dogs during assigned times. Programs similar to Paws to Read have been implemented in animal shelters across the country. Cats and dogs find the rhythmic sound of a voice very comforting and soothing. This is a much needed distraction from the chaos of the shelter.
Toy and Treat Making ~ Jr. Volunteers will be invited to come to the shelter for special project nights where they can make toys and treats for cats and dogs and share their creations with the shelter pets.
Raising Funds can be Fun ~ We've found that Jr. Volunteers are often very effective fundraisers. Many of our Jr. Volunteers have held birthday parties to collect donations for HSWC. Some are great at selling raffle tickets. Others have set up donation boxes around town to help collect pet food and supplies and even newspapers for our recycling bin. If you are a Jr. Volunteer with a desire to raise money for the homeless animals of Warren County, don't hesitate to contact the Executive Director with your ideas.
HSWC Foster Care Program:
Thank you for your interest in fostering for the Humane Society of Warren County. You will find a downloadable foster parent application on this page. You can print the application and turn it in at our shelter located at 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630 or fax it to 540-635-0262. Once your application is received, you will be contacted about foster opportunities.
At the Humane Society of Warren County, we wish for every animal brought to us to have a chance for a long and happy life. Due to our limited resources, it is often difficult to care for the many sick, injured, and young animals that come through our doors. The Foster Program plays an important role in helping us serve the needs of these animals before they are placed for adoption. Foster care allows some of the young ones a chance to grow and the sick and injured to heal. The Foster Care Program brings caring individuals and needy animals together, providing special care in a home setting until the animals are ready for adoption. Thank you for considering opening your home and hearts to help care for these wonderful animals.
Lost & Found
Lost and stray animals are brought to the Humane Society from both Warren County Animal Control Officers & individual citizens. In alignment with VA Code we hold strays without collars for 5 days and strays with collars for 10 days. After the stray hold, animals are placed for adoption. The Humane Society provides shelter, food and care for lost animals. Please contact us if your pet is lost.
Reclaim Fee $25 for the first day & $15 for each day after.
If you need to surrender a pet or bring in a stray,please call to shedule an appointment. On this page you will find the owner questionnaire. You may fill out the questionnaire prior to surrendering your pet. Please bring the questionnaire with you to your appointment.
Cat Owner's Questionnaire
Spay & Neuter
We thank you for helping us to control the pet population and put an end to homelessness.
The Humane Society of Warren County partners with Anicira Veterinary Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to offer a low cost spay/neuter option to residents who could not otherwise afford to have their pets altered. To register your pet for an appointment please come by our office to prepay for the service. Once you have paid, you will be given an appointment time. You will drop your pet off at our office on a Wednesday morning between 6:45 and 7:15 AM and pick your pet up the very next day between 7:30 and 7:45 AM. A bus runs from our facility to the spay/neuter clinic every other week.
Male Cats - $55
Female Cats - $65
Dogs - under 50 pounds - $90
Dogs - 50 to 75 pounds $110
Dogs - Over 75 pounds $135
Rabies Vaccination $15 *all pets attending the clinic must have a rabies certificate or get a rabies vaccine during the procedure.
Hand in Paw Helping People and Pets in Crisis is a unique program available to the residents of Warren County, VA. By focusing on prevention of pet homelessness, we aim to keep pets out of the overcrowded shelter system and with owners who love them. As funds allow, Hand in Paw is able to provide residents with financial assistance for pet related needs such as spay/neuter, emergency veterinary care, temporary boarding, and behavioral training. In addition, pet food and supplies are provided to pet owners in need through the HSWC's Pet Food Pantry.
The Humane Society of Warren County offers a low cost Rabies clinics twice a year in the spring and fall.
Unless otherwise noted, HSWC shows adoptable pets
at Petco every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The Humane Society of Warren County is an equal opportunity employer.
Humane Society of Warren County (click here to view on map)
1245 Progress Dr
Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: (540) 635-4734
Fax: (540) 635-0262
Thursday-Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday-Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
CLOSED on WEDNESDAYS
Board of Directors:
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