Animal related


We're going home.

Columbus, NC


Our vision is a community where there are No More Homeless Pets.  We have a three-fold mission to: (1) prevent cruelty to animals; (2) reunite lost animals with their owneres, adopt animals to qualified homes, or place them with reputable rescue organizations, and (3) encourage responsible pet ownership and population control.

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Executive Director

Michele Brule

Main Address

PO Box 985

Columbus, NC 28722 USA


Tryon, Columbus, Landrum, Polk County, NC





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Overpopulation of dogs and cats is a huge problem in our community. The source of these problems varies. The main problem our organization addresses is an abundance of homeless and/or abused dogs and cats in our community.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PetFix Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

Humane Education

Community Education & Outreach

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goals are to: (1-Adoption) Expand public awareness of the animals that are available for adoption. (2-Volunteer) Expand our volunteer network to support foster programs, training programs, and adoption events. (3-Spay/Neuter) Promote our PetFix program, which provides low-cost or free vouchers for spay/neuter, microchipping and rabies. (4-Education) Expand public outreach to teach people about responsible animal ownership.

(1-Adoption) We have implemented aggressive social media campaigns to get the word out on our animals. (2-Volunteer) We have expanded our use of database technology through Volgistics to organized and connect with volunteers. (3-Spay/Neuter) We use social media and our website to make the public aware of this program. We are planning on working with the Department of Social Services to include information on this program for people on public assistance. (4-Education) We continue to reach out to other organizations to share information, we promote it at our adoptions events, on our website and social media.

Foothills Humane Society has been actively advocating for animals since 1989. It has a strong Board of Directors, whose members have years of experience and expertise in business development, an Executive Director with 20 years of experience as a business leader, a dedicated team of animal advocates on its staff, and an ever growing volunteer base. Foothills is also taking advantage of the technological resources available to it to disseminate information internally and through the community.

Foothills inputs its data for animals, volunteers, and donations into databases and runs monthly reports to compare results. It correlates these results to events and social media campaigns.

Based on Foothills' new open adoption policy and aggressive social media campaign, both implemented in mid-2019, its adoption rate increased 62% from 2018 to 2019, while its intake rate increased by only 16%.

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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Organizational Demographics

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