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Humane Society of Morgan County Inc

#Changing Lives



To rescue dogs and cats from euthanasia for foster care or adoptions from animal control facilities or through owner-surrender, so that the animals may live in a safe, healthy shelter until they find forever homes.

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Director of Operations

Ms Miranda Johnson

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compassion, education, rescue, safe place





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Our community prides itself on the quality of life here, a small town on the outskirts of Metro Atlanta. Close enough to enjoy the benefits, removed enough to avoid many of the problems. We also have a number of retirees who enjoy our historic town and the nearby Lake Oconee. One issue that we help resolve is the euthanasia of stray, abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs. Our animal control does a good job of picking up strays and caring for them until a rescue organization can take as many as possible, and we take our share to live with us until we find forever homes. With the elderly factor of our population, we find we have a number of surrendered animals because the owners can no longer take care of their beloved pets and want us to find a good home for them. On the other hand, we have a number of older adopters who enjoy the benefit of a feline or canine companion in their retirement. So, we save animals and provide them good homes that frequently benefit elderly adults

Our programs

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

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Adoption to Forever Homes

Pets to Vets

Rescue Rangers Summer Day Camp

Paws for Reading

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of animals rehomed

Population(s) served


Related program

Adoption to Forever Homes

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


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We constantly work on increasing these numbers as much as our facility and financial resources will allow.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

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

Our goals are simple: 1. Save cats and dogs from being euthanized; 2. Provide them a safe, caring environment until they are adopted; 3. Provide families or individuals with a loving animal companion. and 4. Educate children and the community on proper pet care.

1) We take cats and dogs from surrounding animal control facilities, give them vaccines and any medical care needed, and provide microchips; 2) We partner with other local organizations such as the Morgan County Charter School System and the Madison-Morgan Boys and Girls Club with programs such as "Paws for Reading," and opportunities for students to volunteer, especially those in the MCHS Career Academy who are interested in veterinary medicine or other projects that benefit both entities. 3) Since we receive no government funding or funds from any national organization, we spend time and effort in fund-raising activities, projects and events. 4) We apply for grants from as many appropriate foundations or organizations as time and resources allow, 5) We conduct a week of day camp in the summer to promote continued literacy activities to avoid academic loss over vacation, while teaching pet care, and volunteerism,

1) We have an active Board of Directors (9 members) who understand that one of their major roles is to assist and participate in fund-raising. 2) We have an Auxiliary Board (15-20 members) whose primary responsibility is to help with any fund-raising efforts and to promote the organization on social media. 3) We have an experienced Director of Operations whose business management skills match her love for and skills with our animals. 4) We have animal techs who are well-trained by our director and do their jobs with skill and love for each cat or dog. 5) We have a supportive community who believe in our cause and step up to help. 6) We own our facility, which has been noted to be one of the best in Georgia.

We have a strategic plan which is evaluated in the fall of each year and revised as necessary early in the subsequent year. If priorities should change, the goals, strategies, activities and measures of evaluation are adjusted to meet any new needs. We also have monthly reports to the Board of Directors from our Director of Operations regarding the management of the center and its progress with getting the animals through efficient intake procedures and out with adopters as soon as possible. In addition, our treasurer updates us on our financial situation so action can be taken if shortfalls are predicted.

We have dramatically increased the number of adoptions over the past 3 years. We had approximately 425 adoptions in 2018 and are working hard to hit 450 in 2019. We revised our boards at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, and we are enjoying increased involvement from veteran members, inspired by the enthusiasm of new members. We are working hard toward breaking even by the end of 2019 (one of our strategic plan objectives), and we appear to be on target to accomplish that objective. We need to work on improving the environment of our cat room and on enlarging our laundry area, both of which will cost us beyond our annual operations costs. We are working on grant proposals to help with that challenge.

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