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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF RICHMOND COUNTY
The animal shelter is located in beautiful Richmond County, about 2 hours east of Charlotte, NC and 1 hour west of Lumberton, NC. The shelter is approximately two hours south of Greensboro (take Highway 220 south to Business 74 - turn right) and two hours southwest of Raleigh (take Highway 1 south to Business 74- turn right) The shelter is approximately 20 miles north of Cheraw, SC (take Highway 1 north to Business 74 - turn left)
Our street address is: 529 US Highway 74 West Business, Rockingham, NC 28379.
The shelter is located two miles west of downtown Rockingham on Business Highway 74 - NOT the By-pass 74.
The shelter operates 7 days a week - the only day we are closed to the public is Wednesday. However, we do accept animals from the public on an emergency basis on Wednesday.
Adoption fees: Canines $85, Feline $65. Includes adoption contract, spay/neuter voucher if animal is too young to be fixed at the time of adoption, certificate for a free exam at one of the two local vets and background information on each animal. Rabies vaccines given to all shelter animals 12 weeks or older. Rabies certificate and tag issued at adoption for fee of $8.
Adopters 60 years plus are eligible for a 100% adoption fee discount ($8 rabies vaccine charged separately) available through the 2011 Purina's Pets for Seniors Program. Only 30 discount certificates available per contract year. Applies to animals who are already fixed.
Adopter must be18 years of age. Home inspections by animal control/cruelty investigator may be performed when placing high risk breeds. Out of state adoptions are welcomed; transportation expenses responsibility of adopter.
HSRC maintains a DO NOT ADOPT TO LIST and may refuse service to individuals.
Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 2064, Rockingham, NC 28380.
Our phone numbers are: 910-895-0335; FAX 910-895-8989
E-MAIL CONTACT: email@example.com Business Hours are: Monday,Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday - 1 to 4 p.m.
The Humane Society of Richmond County DOES NOT pick-up lost, stray or unwanted animals - that is the role of animal control.
Richmond County Animal Control is operated out of the environmental health division of the Richmond County Health Department. The phone number for Animal Control is 997-8320.
The Rockingham Police Department Animal Control unit enforces the animal control ordinances within the city limits of Rockingham, including the running at large/leash and three dog limit ordinances. Contact number is 895-2468.
If you have an emergency after normal office hours of Animal Control, call the Richmond County Sheriff’s office at 997-8283; city of Rockingham, 895-2468 and the city of Hamlet, 582-2551.
The Humane Society of Richmond County Animal Shelter operates under North Carolina License #9.
Public meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at animal shelter located at 529 US Highway Business West, Rockingham.
The Humane Society of Richmond County serves as a safe haven for animals in need, and is the nucleus of Richmond County’s animal care and control program. The mission of the Humane Society is to provide care at the shelter through humane treatment of impounded, stray, abandoned, seized or unwanted dogs, cats and other animals.
The Society provides public education on animal welfare and related issues; helps to reduce the number of unwanted puppies and kittens born yearly; and aids in reducing euthanasia of unwanted animals. The Humane Society of Richmond County shares in the same goals and is associated with the Humane Society of the United States.
The shelter has the capability of housing 325 dogs and cats in the event of an emergency, Bacon said. Normal daily capacity is between 120 to 180 animals per day. The shelter has a special quarantine area for all bite or high risk animals. By law, all bites must be reported to the Richmond County Health Department and the bite animal is usually impounded for ten days at the animal shelter at the expense of its owner.
The shelter began its tenth year of operation July, 2011 and has been home to approximately 38,750 dogs and cats. . Five to seven percent of these animals are returned to their owners and estimated 30 percent of the animals are deemed unadoptable due to poor medical condition, disease or temperament. Of the remaining 60 percent, approximately 35 percent are adopted or are placed with another shelter or rescue for adoption.
Non-traditional domestic animals such as chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets are adopted out or placed in foster care. Rescued and injured wildlife such as squirrels, wild rabbits and songbirds are placed with certified wildlife agencies in accordance with North Carolina state laws.
One of the missions of the Humane Society of Richmond County is to promote humane education within the county. Through individual and corporate $25 sponsorships, the Humane Society placed KIND NewsTM (Kids in Nature’s Defense) newsletters in 177 public and private kindergarten to fifth grade classrooms throughout the county.
Bite prevention techniques are taught by the Humane Society’s education coordinator through visits to individual schools, day cares, 4-H and scouting groups. Scooby, HSRC bite prevention dog, also visits local senior citizen centers and assisted living facilities. The bite prevention program is sponsored by a 2011 grant through the Rockingham Rotary Club.
The Humane Society operates two Spay Neuter Programs:
The NC Low Income Public Assistance (LIPA) Spay/Neuter Program: Richmond County households which receive one or more public assistance items: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Work First, Health Choice, adoption or foster care assistance, or special assistance through DSS OR have a fixed income such as Social Security, disability, Supplemental Security Income, long term unemployment or meets federal proverty guidelines based on family size. Personal animals can be fixed for $32.
Program #2 -
Open to the public in need with no income or residency requirements for a fee of $62 to $82. South Carolina residents and Anson County residents are urged to participate as a number of unwanted animals are received every year from these areas by the animal shelter in Richmond County.
Vouchers are available for purchase at the shelter during normal business hours and must be obtained prior to surgery. All surgeries are performed at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass and include the cost of surgery, a one year rabies vaccine, pain medication and transportation to and from the clinic.
Mark Pankey was appointed by the County Commissioners as the Animal Cruelty Investigator for Richmond County. Pankey, a certified animal control officer, rabies vaccinator and euthanasia technician, coordinates his cruelty investigations with the two Richmond County animal control officers. Along with the assistance of local law enforcement officials, he investigates situations involving alleged animal abuse, neglect and cruelty in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes.
On-going fund-raising by the society include the following.
1. Adopt-a-Pet and spay/neuter information booths at various shopping malls and community areas.
2. Affordable private animal cremation services ranging from $25 for cats and $35 to $50 for dogs plus the cost of vessel. Cremains stepping stones, soap stone fur keepers, ceramic and a variety of photo display wooden cremains vessels are available for purchase.
3. The shelter operates a gift shop. Collars, leashes, leads, toys, bumper stickers and animal related gift items are available at competitive prices.