Halifax Humane Society Remains Committed to Open Admission Despite Escalating Surrenders and Difficult Decisions
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Message from our Board of Directors
Halifax Humane Society (“HHS”), founded in 1937, remains an open-admission shelter which means we never turn away an animal regardless of breed, age, condition, or circumstance. We also work with fourteen municipalities, meaning Animal Control Officers bring animals to us in lieu of a county shelter.
Owner surrenders are at an all-time high. To date, in 2022, we have helped over 18,000 animals through all our programs. Additionally, we have accepted 4,470 dogs/cats into our shelter and have a 93.94% Live Release Rate (LRR) through the efforts of our staff and volunteers. We have successfully placed 3,408 animals in homes through adoption, fostered out 1,084, reunited 472 with their families and our Veterinary team performed 5,998 spay/neuter surgeries.
We invest significant resources into enrichment and behavior observations of animals, who due to no fault of their own, arrive to our doors with tragic histories. Every reasonable effort is made to adopt out every animal in our care. However, there are those times where either because of medical or behavioral reasons an animal cannot or should not be adopted out. This is a difficult decision, and our protocols take into account the welfare of the animal and the safety of our team members, the person adopting the animal, and those who might also come in contact with it once it has been adopted out.
HHS and its employees and volunteers are here for the benefit of our animals and our community. We thank them every day for the difficult tasks that they perform and the many successes that they have achieved.