Heritage Humane Society Releases 2021 Impact Report

(Courtesy of the Heritage Humane Society)

WILLIAMSBURG — Heritage Protection Society (HHS) released its 2021 Impact Report.

The report details data on how HHS was able to serve the community throughout the year. The open visitor center, located at 430 Waller Mill Road., is open 365 days a year and is dedicated to transitioning stray or abandoned pets back to their “forever homes”. Additionally, HHS provides community education and advocacy regarding animal care and welfare.

In 2021, HHS saw 1,086 adoptions, 154 pets returned to their owners, and 71 animals transferred to rescue partners. HHS adopted 670 cats, 260 dogs, 117 adoptions of other pets (such as small animals), and 39 career cat adoptions. Of the wild animals brought to HHS, the shelter has had a live animal release rate of 93.77%.

In addition to adoptions, HHS has helped 1,211 pets in 245 families through its Cooking with croquetteswho, in collaboration with Williamsburg Mercy House and Grove Christian Outreach Centerprovides pet food and supplies to families in need.

Throughout 2021, the shelter had 487 active volunteers who logged 16,593 hours. Additionally, there were 556 animals favored by the HHS and more than 110 Fido educational outings for shelter dogs.

HHS celebrated the completion of its $2 million expansion that includes an additional 2,550 square feet with a new multipurpose classroom for training, humane education, and meetings, dedicated Kibble Kitchen program space, new pet rooms, indoor and outdoor play areas, offices, bathrooms, walkways and parking.

Recently, HHS participated in the #BettyWhiteChallenge where on January 17, on what would have been the 100th birthday of beloved actress, Betty White, animal-related organizations raised funds in honor of White’s lifelong dedication to the defense of animals. HHS reports that it has received 375 donations so far through this initiative, totaling $17,000. In addition, nautical doglocated at 51 Main Street Ste. B in the New Town section of Williamsburg, matched any box of dog food or treats purchased and Movie Tavernlocated at 1430 High St.also in Williamsburg, included HHS in its “Betty White: A Celebration” for White’s birthday.

Heritage Humane Society is running a campaign through February 14 called Hearts for Homeless Pets (with media sponsors WYDaily and Tide Radio 92.3 FM) (Courtesy of Heritage Humane Society)

Among its many ongoing programs and initiatives, HHS offers free dog training workshops. These are 30 minute sessions where topics ranging from potty training to puppy biting will be covered. The “humans only” workshops take place in the shelter’s multi-purpose classroom. For more information on these workshops, please click here.

Until February 14, HHS is hosting Hearts for Homeless Pets. Throughout this campaign, residents can purchase paper hearts with a $10 donation and can personalize the heart decoration. The hearts will be displayed in the HHS lobby beginning Jan. 24 and will remain lit throughout February. to learn more about this campaign, please click here. (Editor’s note: WYDaily and Tide Radio 92.3 FM are the media sponsors of this campaign.)

To learn more about Heritage Humane Society or find your “Forever Country Animal”, please visit the shelter or click here for his website.

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