Humane Society of
Wayne County, New York

1475 County House Road, Lyons, NY 14489


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More than 25 years of shelter operations

This page was last modified on Sunday November 18, 2012

Celebrate Shelter Appreciation Week! Support the Humane Society of Wayne County!

The first full week of November is Shelter Appreciation Week as decreed by the Humane Society of the United States. This is a good time to stop and ask yourself exactly what you know about your local animal shelter, and when exactly was the last time you visited or supported your local shelter?

The Humane Society of Wayne County (HSWC) provides a valuable service to the community by caring for the unwanted, abused, and neglected domestic animals of Wayne County. Imagine what life would be like without a shelter willing to take stray unwanted cats and dogs. What a nuisance and health hazard they would create. The shelter staff often sees human beings at their worst and cruelest, through the abused and neglected cats and dogs that come to the shelter. They witness adorable cats and dogs whose only ambition is to please you cower and shy away timidly when a hand is raised to give a pat on head. However, the animal thinks you are going to strike it. HSWC takes on the responsibility for individuals that act irresponsible where their pets are concerned.

The public perception of any animal shelter is that it is a sad place. But what is truly sad is the fact that there are more available pets than good homes to care for them. However, for many of the very lucky cats and dogs that are admitted to the shelter it is probably the best thing that could ever happen to them! Admission to the shelter breaks their cycle of misery. As a general rule the majority of all the cats and dogs that come to the shelter are adopted into good quality, lifelong homes. Prospective adopters must complete an application and are screened by the HSWC staff to ensure that the adopter will provide the cat or dog with a quality home. Cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are up-to-date on all vaccinations and must be altered as a condition of the adoption. There are dozens of former shelter residents (both cats and dogs) that upon arrival at the shelter were extremely sad cases and in terrible shape. However, today these very same cats and dogs are thriving in their new homes.

In addition to the care and adoption of unwanted and abused animals, HSWC offers the community many worthwhile programs such as The Low Income Spay/Neuter Program, The Adult Companion Program, Charlie's Fund, and Foster Care. Show your appreciation and support for the work that HSWC does in the community by becoming a member. Donate you time and talent. There is a wish list published that lists items that are needed by the shelter. Get involved today!

Together we can make a big difference in the lives of the cats and dogs of Wayne County.