The Stone County Humane Society's vision is to create a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.
- Finding homes for stray or unwanted animals
- Promoting spaying and neutering
- Educating the public about responsible pet ownership
- Returning lost pets to owners
- Operating a no-kill shelter
Stone County Humane Society, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 organization created in 1999 to find homes for stray, abandoned dogs and cats. After three years, the need for a permanent shelter building became very apparent and fundraising began. Land for a building was donated in 2006. We operated with the help of foster homes for several years. In 2012 we constructed 11 outdoor kennels and 3 isolation pens. Our Cat Cottage was completed in 2013. With the help of a generous donor and money we had raised over several years, construction of the 3,500 sf shelter building began in 2015. In September 2016 the SCHS shelter building was opened.
A paid full-time manager oversees daily shelter operations and, along with three other part-time employees, provides animal care. The morning shifts (8-11am) are dedicated to cleaning dog kennels and the cat rooms. Afternoons (2-5pm) are for walking/socializing dogs, doing new animal intakes and administering medications as needed.
Important facts about the Stone County Humane Society
- A 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Organization operating since 1999
- Independent – Privately operated animal shelter -Not affiliated with any other organization or governmental agency
- Dependent on donations, membership dues, fundraising activities, grants, and income from the Second Chance Shop
- Funds received are used locally
- Receives no government funding other than $4,000 annually from the City of Mountain View.
- Not political in nature
- Not activist in nature
- Takes only dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.
The Stone County Humane Society is a No-Kill Shelter!
We never put time limits on how long animals stay and we never euthanize for space reasons. Our admission policy depends on an established inventory of 25 dogs and 25 cats. This policy is managed by putting animals on a waiting list. As animals are adopted new animals are accepted from the waiting list. We provide routine care and treatment for all animals and treat extraordinary medical/surgical issues on a case by case basis.
SCHS also belongs to the The Million Cat Challenge. The Million Cat Challenge was conceived as a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the course of five years, a goal its 1,075 participating shelters met in less than four years, prompting a second phase of the project: #allthecats.
#allthecats means the right outcome for every cat who comes to a shelter, and the right care for every cat every day in the shelter. For a great many cats, that means we'll help them to stay safe in the community rather than ever having to come in to a shelter at all. It also means lost cats go back to their families, cats who have lost their homes are placed in new ones, and cats who are thriving in the community are spayed or neutered and returned there if possible, or placed in a working home if not. And it means that for cats whose suffering can’t be remedied any other way, euthanasia will be available with the most kindness and comfort that can possibly be provided.
A ten member (all volunteer) board governs the shelter and meets monthly...
Tina Holmlund, President
Jerry Weber, Vice President
Deanna Benson, Recording Secretary
Bonnie Dumas, Treasurer
Linda Peters, Assistant Treasurer
Totals for 2021 - 2022