Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc.

Let's be humane together®

aka MCHS   |   Rockville, MD   |  www.mchumane.org

Mission

Ending animal homelessness through education, outreach and adoption, while saving lives and supporting the bond between pets and their families.

Notes from the nonprofit

Welcome to MCHS!

The Montgomery County Humane Society is the pre-eminent animal welfare organization in Montgomery County, helping animals find safety, love, quality care, loving homes, and a new chance at a happy life.

In April, 2014 MCHS became fully independent and 100% privately funded. We take cats and dogs out of overcrowded public shelters and give them the tender loving care, socialization, enrichment, and new homes they so desperately need and deserve. Our highly successful adoption program has enabled us to save nearly 500 animals in our first year of private operation!

As a private, no-kill rescue we offer a range of services designed to help people adopt new pets and then keep them in their homes and out of shelters. We provide adoption and post-adoption assistance, humane education for all ages, and outreach programs that help pet owners take better care of their pets and build a more humane, animal-friendly community.

Please check out this web site and all that MCHS has to offer. As you do, keep in mind that we depend on your generous donations to carry out our work. There are many ways you can help, and every contribution mean so much to the well-being of the homeless animals in our care.

Ruling year info

1974

President and CEO

Ms. Cris Bombaugh

Main address

601 South Stonestreet Avenue

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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EIN

52-6044968

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many thousands of cats and dogs end up in overcrowded public shelters throughout our region every year. These animals are at risk of being euthanized due to lack of space or lack of financial resources to care for them. These pets end up in shelters for three main reasons: First, there are too many unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Second, they exhibit behavior problems that pet owners are either unaware how to correct, or unwilling to correct. Third, pets with medical issues up in shelters because their owners cannot afford to treat them. Because of these issues, pets become lost, seized by animal control, or relinquished by their owners to public shelters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Rescue, Care and Adoptions

The MCHS Animal Rescue team travels hundreds of miles each month to rescue cats and dogs from overcrowded public shelters. We ensure that our animals receive needed vet care, medications, preventive care, spay/neuter surgeries, socialization and TLC to keep them happy and healthy as they prepare for adoption. When they are ready, we place them into new, loving homes.

Population(s) Served

MCHS humane education programs foster readiness to care for a pet at home, encourage humane interactions with wildlife and other animals, and nurture the special bond between people and their pets. Our programs are designed for children, teens and adults and aim to reduce animal abuse and homelessness through better understanding, compassion and respect for animals. Areas of focus include:

• Tenets of responsible pet care
• The importance of spay and neuter;
• Commitment to a lifetime relationship with pets in the home;
• The community's responsibility for animal welfare;
• Respect for wildlife - when, whether and how to help

We prepare people of all ages and backgrounds to have responsible relationships with the animals in their lives, whether at home or in nature.

Population(s) Served

In 2019, MCHS launched a new clinic for spay/neuter and basic vaccines to serve the entire community. Until now, Montgomery County was the only jurisdiction in the Washington Metropolitan Area not to be served by a clinic dedicated to low-cost spay/neuter. Our mission to end animal homelessness must begin with addressing one of the root causes for animal homelessness, and this clinic is now in place to provide affordable options for this vital service.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue, Care and Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of cats and dogs pulled from partner shelters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Rescue, Care and Adoptions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Montgomery County Humane Society's mission is to end animal homelessness through education, outreach and adoption, while saving lives and strengthening the bond between people and their pets. We want to stop the inflow of pets to shelters by addressing the problems at their source, and at the same time make pets a more integral part of the community.

We are doing this by making spay/neuter more accessible, by providing education to prospective and current pet owners about how to address pet behaviors and other challenges, by educating the very young so they learn compassion and respect for animals at a young age, and by rescuing pets from overcrowded shelters and adopting them into new, loving homes. With these programs, more pets will be altered, more pet behaviors will be curtailed, more people will embrace the bond between pets and people, and more homeless pets will be pulled from harm's way and placed in homes.

1) Rescue and Adoption: The MCHS Rescue Team travels hundreds of miles each month in order to rescue cats and dogs from overcrowded public shelters. The animals are returned to our headquarters where they are vaccinated and given preventive treatments, spayed or neutered, given veterinary care as needed, socialized, and made ready for adoption.

2) Education: By working with schools, scout troops, churches and other youth-oriented organizations, the MCHS Humane Education team reaches thousands of children and teens each year. Programs focus on compassion, respect for and understanding of animals, the benefits to people of pet ownership, the tenets of responsible pet ownership, and the important stewardship role we all play in advancing animal welfare in our community. Programs for adults focus on strategies for adopting a pet for the family's lifestyle, pet emotions, pet behaviors, understanding animal control ordinances, and more.

3) Community Outreach : MCHS hosts and attends a number of community events each year designed to raise awareness of the problem of animal homelessness, and to share advice, resources and volunteer opportunities which help create a more humane community, which then becomes part of the solution to ending animal homelessness.

The Montgomery County Humane Society is staffed with seasoned animal welfare professionals that bring decades of experience in all facets of animal welfare. Our rescue and adoption team includes veteran animal caretakers and trainers and personnel familiar with field services related to companion animals, farm animals and wildlife. Our humane education team includes teachers and animal behaviorists with honed programs for children, teens and adults. Our veterinary team brings decades of experience in the latest shelter medicine and spay/neuter surgical procedures and other medical issues, and others are seasoned in program planning and strategic initiatives.

We have a 6,500 square foot rescue building for housing our staff, as well as up to 20 dogs and 35 cats, vehicles for animal transport, a mobile clinic designed to provide surgeries on site at MCHS or on the road in areas of critical need, and we are planning an expansion of our services at a new location that is currently under development.

In April 2014, MCHS became a fully independent animal welfare charity funded 100% with private program revenues and contributions. For the 55 years prior to becoming independent, we operated the public shelter for Montgomery County, Maryland, an open-admission shelter.

Since becoming independent, MCHS has rescued ________ and adopted into new homes cats and dogs. We have also met with thousands of children, teens and adults, and our education programs are wildly successful, with a large number of referrals and a 70% return rate year over year for public school and scouting programs.

This year, MCHS will launch a new adult education series dedicated to the emotional lives of cats and dogs, and how pet owners can tap into these emotions to better understand and care for their pets.

Also in 2019, we have launched our new low-cost spay/neuter clinic. It is the first clinic of its kind in Montgomery County, and will serve a very important need in the county for affordable services for the pets of Montgomery County and other nearby jurisdictions.

Our new MCHS Campus, which will be an expanded animal welfare and education center, will greatly expand our ability to provide services for the community.

Financials

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Montgomery County Humane Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lisa Kingsley

Cris Bombaugh

Montgomery County Humane Society

Jo Ann Hoffman

Montgomery County Humane Society

Rick Bellman

Montgomery County Humane Society

Pam Easson

Montgomery County Humane Society

Abe Birch

Montgomery County Humane Society

Lisa Kingsley

Montgomery County Humane Society

Piper Moffatt

Montgomery County Humane Society

Mindy Farber

Montgomery County Humane Society

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No