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The Humane Society of Southeast Texas Charity Profile
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas was founded in 1962. It is a nonprofit charitable organization supported entirely by donations. It is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare throughout Southeast Texas. Each week we admit homeless animals, abandoned animals and owner surrendered animals to our shelter. At any given time we provide shelter, food, love and medical care for over 100 dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. Throughout the course of a year over a thousand animals in need of a home come through our doors and we work tirelessly to match them with a caring, responsible, loving family who can provide them a forever home. The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. We provide and protect the abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals in our community and attempt to find them loving homes. We are not animal control nor are we part of any national humane organization. The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is a not-for-profit organization. All of our operations, programs and services depend on the tireless efforts of staff members, volunteers, and the contributions of people and organizations who share our goal in creating a more responsible and humane community that benefits both people and animals.
We believe that all life has the right to freedom from cruelty, abuse, exploitation and neglect, and is entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection.
We believe that every animal has the right to be wanted, cherished, respected and protected, and deserves not to be born unless these rights can be guaranteed.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for non-human animals by preventing cruelty, relieving suffering, and advocating responsible and humane behavior through promoting public awareness as well as by providing programs and services that will:
provide a temporary home to homeless animals
protect animals from suffering, cruelty, abuse, exploitation, abandonment and neglect
through education, foster compassion, responsibility and respect toward all animals and the environment
reduce animal overpopulation by supporting/sponsoring spay/neuter programs
find permanent, loving homes for unwanted or homeless companion animals
nurture the human/animal bond, recognizing that it greatly enriches those lives involved.
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas Volunteer Information
Our organization offers a wealth of volunteer opportunities. We cannot do all that we do without our wonderful volunteers. We need volunteers to walk the dogs, play with cats, foster animals in their homes, clean, assist with office tasks, and help with special events and fundraising. We always need caring people who want to make a difference in an animalís life and in our community.
Become A Volunteer
If you would like to make a difference in the lives of our animals, we would love to have you join us! In order to be a volunteer:
Fill out a Volunteer Profile Volunteer Registration Application
Attend an orientation
Be 18 years or older. If you are a minor you need to have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
Be able to donate at least 4 hours a month
Support the mission, principles and policies of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas
When you submit your profile, you will be prompted to select an orientation date. After you select a date, you will get a confirmation email. The volunteer orientations are held the first Saturday of the month at the shelter. Orientations start at 10:30am and end about 11:30am. Some positions will require additional training which can be scheduled at a later date.
Once you have signed up for an orientation date you will receive an email reminder the Monday before your scheduled orientation. If you have any questions, please contact the shelter at (409) 833-0504.
Become a Foster
Our shelter operates at full capacity most of the time. Thatís when our Foster Care Program swoops in to save the day. Sometimes, animals are not yet ready to be adopted. Sometimes they need special care. If you can open your heart and home and provide temporary care for any of our orphans, please consider filling out a foster application.
Hereís how it works:
1. We receive a dog or cat that canít be immediately placed in the shelter. Our clinic staff will evaluate each animal to determine their individual care requirements.
2. Foster homes are called and/or sent a text message. The first willing foster home will come to HSSET and pick up the animal- along with information and supplies.
3. The animal goes to the foster home until they are ready for adoption or can be admitted to the shelter. You will need to bring your foster back to the shelter for check-ups and to adoption events periodically.
4. The foster animal is returned to HSSET and placed up for permanent adoption.
5. The foster animal gets adopted.
6. The foster animal lives happily ever after.
Becoming A Foster Volunteer
First, you need to fill out a foster profile and attend an orientation session. While at the orientation you will meet our staff and learn everything you need to know about caring for a foster animal.
Things to Consider Before Becoming a Foster:
1. Will you have time to spend with the animal? Expect to spend 1-2 hours a day (minimum). Socializing is vital to an animalís success in being adopted.
2. Do you already have animals? If so, youíll need to keep your foster animals separated from your pets. You dogs and cats can be vulnerable to illness.
3. Do you have time to bathe, groom and clean up after your foster animal? Puppies and kittens are always doing one of five things: eating, sleeping, playing, peeing, or pooping.
4. Will you be emotionally prepared to return your foster animal to HSSET? Usually, this is the most difficult part of the process. Itís easy to become attached to foster animals.
If you are ready to become a foster, fill out a foster application here.