The Humane Society of Polk County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Humane Society of Polk County, Inc., your local no-kill shelter, is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals and the extension of humane education.
All of our fur babies when adoped go home with a physical exam at the shelter, heartworm testing, feline leukemia and AIDS testing, spay/neuter surgery, inoculations, canine influenza vaccine, de-worming, 30 days of free pet insurance, and microchipping with registration through Home Again. Adoption locations: Our main shelter and the Posner Park PetSmart.
When unable to accept animals into the shelter, we re-home pets via our website until there is space at the shelter to accept them. More than 350 animals are placed annually through re-homing services.
Each year, more than 1560 spay/neuter surgeries are performed in partnership with Ridge Veterinary Association vets voucher program and our SNIP (Spay Neuter Inoculation Program). Our SNIP Program assists low income families to have their pets spayed/neutered, their first set of shots and a micro chip implant with it's registration through Home Again. We also assist those families on SNIP with pet food as needed.
Education programs are available upon request to all Polk County schools and civic groups. Educating the public, both children and adults, on the importance of spaying/neutering pets is one of our most important endeavors. Each week our therapy dogs visit students at Elbert Elementary School and Snively Elementary School. Each child has the opportunity to read a story to the dogs and overcome any fears they may have about reading aloud. It is a wonderful share with the children the wonderful bond you can have with a pet while improving their reading skills. The dogs love it just as much as the children. Our intention is to expand this program to other schools. We added a library of books here at the shelter for children to come in and read to our pets.
We are always seeking volunteers! Our volunteers make all the difference in the world to our animal enrichment programs here at the shelter. They get to spend one on one time with the animals that staff doesn't always have the time to. Youth volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer without a parent. We also enjoy Corporate Volunteer Sponsors with: WalMart Distribution Center and Disney World. Vangurard School students visit and volunteer at the shelter weekly to provide extra love and care to our shelter animals.
Our lost and found online services assist owners in finding their pets when they are lost and also assist those who have found pets to locate the owners.
We have a Match a Pet - Breed-specific wish list for those seeking to adopt a particular breed. Are you looking for something different? From time to time we accept small pets like, rabbits, guiena pigs hampsters and birds. You can sign up on our match a pet list for those as well.
We have a certified professional dog trainer who assists our staff and volunteers to provide the best positive force free training available. We make every effort to provide the animals in our care with enrichment programs and rooms equiped to make their stay with us as home like as possible.