The Humane Society of York County (HSYC) was founded in 1976 to help address the needs of an ever-growing animal population. Originally, all animals were cared for in the homes of dedicated volunteers. In 1999 we moved into a modern facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with the capacity to house approximately fifty cats and fifty dogs.
The HSYC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of animals. Our mission is to prevent animal suffering, to help reduce overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering, to educate the public about animal welfare, and to place adoptable animals in loving homes.
***** This site is run by volunteers - if you need to surrender an animal, it will be best if you visit the shelter during our adoption hours to discuss directly with shelter staff. *****
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS DESPERATELY NEEDED
The Humane Society of York County, serving Fort Mill, Rock Hill and surrounding areas, receives NO funding from York County, the state of South Carolina, or any animal welfare organization. The sole source of funds for the HSYC is donations from local residents/businesses.
The future of the Humane Society of York County depends on the public, please help us continue to help the homeless animals.
HSYC Wish List Cat Litter and Small Litter Pans (not clumping type)
Kitten Chow (Purina) & Puppy Chow (Purina)
Purina Dog & Cat Chow
Canned Puppy and Kitten Food
KMR Kitten or Puppy Milk Replacer Formula (dry formula in can available at Petsmart)
Pine-Sol and Bleach
Old Towels, Blankets and Sheets
55 gallon garbage bags
Dog and Cat Toys
Dog and Cat Treats
Laundry and Dish Detergent
Soft baby blankets & Fleece to make little blankets
Moist towelettes or wipes (like Wet Ones)
Donations are Tax Deductible & 100% of your donation will remain with the Humane Society of York County.
"Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them wherever they require it." - Saint Frances of Assissi
This sweet hound is a lovely, affectionate girl! She is great with other dogs and very gentle when playing with little dogs. She is looking for a home that will have a large yard so that she can explore and play . She is learning to walk on a leash and is picking it up very well. If you are interested in adopting her, please visit the Humane Society of York County during our visiting hours Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00.
Adoptable Cat Of The Month - BEAUTIFUL WATERBABY Pet ID: VF4227
DOB: 12/22/07 - Waterbaby named for playing in the water bowl has been at the shelter since a baby - 2/12/2008. Such a beautiful black pearl - gorgeous and sleek. I am a fun party girl. I like to sing and dance. I am up-to-date with routine shots and spayed. Come & see - ready for forever home out of the cage.
Donate, shop & tell your friends, family & neighbors about
PAWSibilities HSYC's "Second Chance" Shop
NEW Shop Hours: Thursday 10am to 8pm, Friday & Saturday 10am to 5pm
Childrenís Clothing ~ Toys ~ Puzzles ~ Books ~ Kitchen & Decorative House wares ~ Linens ~ Pet Supplies ~ Jewelry ~ Purses ~ Sporting Goods ~ Small Furniture ~ Crafts and much more.
Something for everyone Ė all the cool cats around town are talking about it!
Volunteers run the shop. Caring individuals donate all shop items.
100% goes for the care of the HSYC animals.
We will gratefully accept your new or gently used items & tax-deductible donation slips are available. (No adult clothing please)
Located just down from the HSYC shelter on the right, at 2144 Carolina Place Fort Mill, S.C. 29708
(Below BP gas, Chick-Fil-A & Lowes Home Imp. and across from Trader Marc's Flea Market)
If you would like to VOLUNTEER for the HSYC or itís thrift shop, please email us at email@example.com
If you have a barn or stable, you can help save a cat!
Sometimes we have cats who cannot live as house pets. These cats go into our barn cat program.
These cats may be shy or fearful of people, and who prefer the company of other cats and animals. Sometimes, their litterbox habits make them unsuitable to live in the house. And some cats are just too independent to appreciate being cooped up in cages here at the HSYC! Please note that we do not adopt cats who are suitable to be household companions to barns, only those cats without other options.
You may be a homeless catís last chance.
Barn placement is the last chance at life for these cats. Without barn adopters, they have nowhere else to go. If you have a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding, there are cats who need you. Having a barn cat or cats will help keep down the rodent population. The cats will be helping you, while you provide them a safe place to live. And, because these cats are already spayed or neutered, you won't have to worry about endless litters of kittens appearing!
What we provide - All cats available for adoption to barns are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. When you adopt a barn cat, we will go over with you how to acclimate your new cat to the barn and make them her at home.
The $25 adoption fee for barn cats helps us cover some of their medical costs. Since many of these cats thrive in the company of other cats, we offer a $5 discount when adopting more than one barn cat at one time.
What you need - The farm or barn owners who adopt the cats agree to give them:
Shelter in a barn, outbuilding, or stable Daily food and wateró cats cannot live on mousing alone
Long-term veterinary care, as needed (they're neutered and vaccinated now)
A secure place to keep them for the first 2-3 weeks, while they acclimate to your barn. This can be a tack room or any secure indoor enclosure that they cannot escape from.
If you have a working barn or safe, heated outbuilding, there are cats who need you.
Save a lifeóadopt a barn cat today!
To find out what barn cats we have available, please come by the shelter and ask to speak directly to Vickie Frain.
Please remember to have your pet spayed or neutered to prevent unwanted pet pregnancies.
Our Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program is temporarily suspended due to the abundant amount of applications/animals waiting. Currently we are ONLY spaying/neutering animals adopted from the Humane Society of York County until further notice.
Offered to Residents of Mecklenburg County by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care & Control
FREE COMMUNITY SPAY / NEUTER SERVICES Applications available at: http://www.charmeck.org/Departments/Animal+Control/Spay+Neuter+Services.html
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR PET OWNERS
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience will teach me more effectively.
3. Please have me sprayed or neutered.
4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Donít be angry with me for long, and donít lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
5. Speak to me often. Even if I donít understand your words, I understand your voice when itís speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiasm whenever I hear your footsteps.
6. Take me in when itís cold and wet. Iím a domestic animal and I am no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with water. Feed me good food so I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding. By your side, I stand ready, willing and able to share my life with you, for that is what I live for. Iíll never forget how well youíve treated me.
7. Donít hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush your bones in your hand, but I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps Iím not getting the right food, Iíve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. For you will grow old too.
10. When I am old, or when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently. And be with me on that difficult journey when itís time to say goodbye. Never say, ďI just canít bear to watch.Ē Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.
PET MED Low Cost Mobile SHOTS and MEDS -
Rabies & DHPP shots, Flea/ Tick & Heartworm meds. (PET MEDS is not affiliated with HSYC)
For scheduled locations in your area & information, VISIT:
CHANCE- ADOPTED 1/2009
On August 30, 2008, a starving, pitiful looking dog was brought to us, barely able to walk anymore. Every rib showed. His skin was covered with insect and flea bites. Not once did he offer to growl or bite. When we offered him a small amount of food and water, he looked surprised, ate it quickly, and looked for more. We had to wait to feed him again. Small amounts three times a day so he could get accustomed to eating again.
In the morning, he quietly watched us feed the animals, perhaps wondering if he would be fed too. So, after seeing the pitiful look in his eyes, we made sure we fed him first. Each day he improved. He seemed to love having a cozy bed to sleep in and people giving him so much attention. The groomer bathed him and he seemed to feel better afterwards.
We named him Chance, because he was getting a second chance with us.
Then after one week, he got a stomach virus. He stayed at the vet for 2 days, getting fluids and medication. We were all worried, afraid we would come in the next day and find we had lost him. But, he pulled through. He came back to the office with us and got better every day.
Chance learned that he would be fed every day, and be walked, and get attention from every person that walked by. This was a whole new life for him after months of being ignored and only occasionally being thrown food. After only a month here, he learned to make noises (not quite barking yet!) to get attention. He knows he is loved here and will never go hungry again.
In order for us to make this happen, we need your support. We live on donations of food, supplies and money. Our rent and utilities take a large amount of our donations. We have payroll, and supplies and food. Some months, we barely scrape by, or we get behind. We have fundraising projects going on all the time. We have wonderful volunteers that do so much for us. Could you please help us to continue to have a place for all the animals that need us so desperately? If we donít have room, or the funds to take in another animal, we donít always know what becomes of the animal. It is too sad to think about.
Please help us help Chance. He has become a wonderful, sweet, loving dog. He depends on us to take care of him. Can we depend on you to help us instead of wondering every day if enough money will come in to stay open? Let me tell Chance that yes, there are loving people out there that want us to keep doing what we are doing.
Please send a contribution to help us keep helping the animals! And stop by to see all our wonderful animals!