Founded in 1915 by Woodstock, Vermont businessman Frank Mackenzie in memory of his wife, Lucy, the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is one of the oldest continuously operating humane societies in the United States. "Lucy Mac," as we have come to be known, moved to our new home on Route 44 in West Windsor, Vermont in 2007.
Today, Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society lives up to its motto of "improving the lives of people and pets." Each year hundreds of abandoned, neglected, mistreated and stray animals find their way to our shelter. Once here, our caring staff and volunteers make every effort to ensure that the animals are healthy, well adjusted, and ready to be matched with a home that will cherish their pet for the rest of its life -- a life all pets deserve.
As part of our mission of enhancing the bonds of animals and people, Lucy Mackenzie is committed to educating people of all ages about the care of pets, the training of pets and their place and that of other domesticated animals in a humane community. In addition to dog training programs offered on site at Lucy Mackenzie, we offer programs in humane education directed to young people both in schools and at the shelter.
We are located on 14 semi-wooded acres in scenic West Windsor, Vermont. Our facility was built in 2007 and incorporates state-of-the art design, facilities, and equipment in order to provide a safe haven for our animals and to further the Lucy Mackenzie mission.
Drawing on the best practices in animal sheltering around the world, this facility allows for the highest standards of animal care and customer service. It provides a clean, sanitary, and healthy environment for the animals. Isolation rooms enable us to better provide care to those who need it, allowing us to keep healthy animals healthy. Our bright, homelike setting makes for happier, healthier transition as animals move from their temporary stay at the shelter to their new permanent homes.
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society provides care and housing for hundreds of homeless cats and dogs each year. Some animals stay at the facility for weeks or even months until they are adopted. The shelter does not euthanize animals unless there is a strong medical or behavioral reason to do so. Healthy animals that are good candidates for successful placement stay at the shelter until they find a home. Animals come to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society for a number of reasons: accidental separation from their owners, surrendered because the owner no longer can care for them, abandonment, and, occasionally, cruelty rescue cases.
Animals are quarantined when they first arrive at the shelter, giving the staff time to assess their health before introducing them to other shelter animals. The dogs are housed in a kennel with individual runs and get to play in an outdoor yard. Volunteers take them on walks in the woods. The cat rooms include living room furniture and access to a fenced yard.
The goal of our adoption program is to match our animals with loving, responsible, life-long homes. Prospective adopters are asked to fill out an adoption application with very basic information. Some of that information will need to be verified by shelter staff which may take a day or two, depending on the availablity of the references. Once approved, the shelter staff will work with the adopting family in making the final decision on the best pet for their home and lifestyle.
We are open Tuesday - Saturday from 12 to 4 pm. We are closed Sunday, Monday and holidays.
From Woodstock, VT Take RT 106 south 13.2 miles, you will come to the junction of RT 44. Take a left onto RT 44 and go about 4/10 of a mile, you will see our sign on the left.
From I - 91 South Take exit 9, go left at the end of the exit ramp. Follow into the town of Windsor. At the second traffic light in the town of Windsor you want to take a right onto Union Street/RT44. Travel RT 44 10 miles, we will be on the right.
From I - 91 North Take exit 9, go right at the bottom of the exit ramp. Then follow the directions above.
For more information about our shelter, our practices, or about adopting an animal from Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society, please call us at 802-484-5829, or email firstname.lastname@example.org