The Floyd County Humane Society mission is to:
- Promote responsible pet ownership;
- Promote pet adoption as a better alternative to buying “pet store purebreds,” born in vast breeding mills;
- Raise awareness of local problems associated with dogs and cats, whether pets or feral;
- Identify and help to implement solutions for local animal problems;
- Promote spaying and neutering, and discourage unnecessary breeding of companion animals; and
- Be a voice for all animals in Floyd County, and for the people who care about them.
Who We Are & What We’ve Done
The Floyd County Humane Society first met in 1998 and officially incorporated in 1999, with immediate goals to reduce pet overpopulation, improve the local pound, and find new homes for unwanted animals. Our founding members included Floyd natives, long-time residents, and recent transplants. Early on, our members gave lectures on pet care and about dog fostering programs for owners who could not keep them.
Our cat program began in earnest under the passionate direction of Darcie Luster in 2005. Cat rescues went from a handful each year to 70 in 2009.
We brought low-cost spay and neuter services to Floyd by partnering with regional clinics. A mobile clinic, or transport to clinics, has been offered every month since that time. Our rabies clinics have helped hundreds of residents vaccinate their animals, who would not otherwise have received this vitally important shot.
In 2008 we petitioned the Board of Supervisors for permission to obtain dogs from the pound at no cost, for the purposes of fostering or transporting them to other rescue groups. We finally gained official sanction to do this work in 2009, saving more than one hundred dogs from euthanasia that year. Thirty-seven of them went to rescues through our transport program.
Our involvement with the pound has blossomed into a great working relationship. We are now able to help maintain the premises, advertise the dogs, and direct adoptions!
All this was done by passionate volunteers willing to muck kennels, train dogs, show kitties, raise funds, and rouse support amongst their neighbors. It is through your moral and financial support that we have been able to achieve so much in so little time.