What We Do
Animal companionship enriches peoples’ lives
Animal companionship builds character and teaches compassion
The overpopulation of cats and dogs will be reduced through
awareness, education, and community involvement
The compassionate treatment of animals positively impacts our community’s vitality
We are Committed
To supporting a no-kill adoption center
FHS is 100% community supported. We are supported by 1,000 community volunteers who contribute more than 13,000 service hours yearly. We are always looking for volunteers and have many different ways in which people can volunteer both at the shelter and in the community. We even have opportunities for young people to volunteer.
To placing cats and dogs into loving homes
In our shelter we provide temporary homes for cat and dogs. We operate a no-kill shelter, our animals stay with us until a forever home can be found. Each year FHS shelters, nurtures, and finds homes for over 700 dogs and cats.
To providing needed resources to the pet community
Each month FHS distributes 4,000lbs of donated pet food to over 100 families who need support feeding their pets.
To the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats
Each year over 700 spay/neuter surgeries are provided for animals in our care and we disburse over 400 spay/neuter assistance vouchers. These surgeries prevent at least another 5,000 puppies and kittens from joining the homeless pet population during the course of one year.
And to advancing community understanding of the benefits of animal companionship
We educate the community on pet responsibility and the benefits of animal companionship. Being responsible includes keeping your pet safe, the community safe, yourself safe, and other animals safe. We work with children both in and out of the classroom. Over the summer we offer Critter Camp, in which children ages 9-11 can engage in humane education in a fun way. During the school year we visit classrooms, after-school programs, and community groups to speak on a variety of topics from basic pet care to dogfighting. We also participate in a variety of community events with ROVER, our Regional Outreach Vehicle for Education and Rescue. Each year FHS participates in over 50 community events to promote responsible pet care. We also offer our Critter Cuddlin’ program to the community because animals are healers. Through the Critter Cuddlin’ program trained FHS volunteers take their own pets for social visits to area nursing homes and retirement facilities bringing animal companionship and conversation to people who miss having their pets.