In the summer of 1977, Jane Arey, a member of the Humane Society of Rowan County, published a note in The Dispatch asking if anyone was interested in creating a Humane Society for Davidson County. Corinne "Corky" Briggs, Vicky Green, and Becky Everhart responded to her note. A handful of people attended the September meeting that was scheduled, and the Humane Society of Davidson County was born. Corky worked tirelessly for the HSDC until her death in 1997. Becky continues to be an active member.
As noted on the home page, The Humane Society of Davidson County is an all volunteer organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. For more than 35 years, the HSDC has worked to reduce the pet overpopulation problem and alleviate animal suffering. We have educated the public about the needs of animals, and promoted laws that benefit animals. Over the years, we have saved the lives of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens, thereby working to reduce the serious problem of overpopulation.
We are governed by a set of by-laws that elects officers yearly.
We have a board of eight members.
Our current board is:
Bruce Kingsbury- President
Kristie Miller- Secretary
Gay Hutchins- Treasurer
Susan Hilton- Assistant Treasurer
~ We believe dogs and cats, as well as other creatures, should be treated with kindness and compassion. They feel pain. They hurt, both physically and emotionally, when neglected, abused, or even ignored.
~ We believe dogs and cats need companionship, and they thrive on positive attention from their owner.
~ We believe animals have feelings; they know joy and sadness, excitement and boredom, love and hate.
~ We believe pet ownership brings with it a responsibility to provide for the animal's needs, as well as the responsibility to see that pets do not add to the animal overpopulation problem.
~ We are willing to help in any way we can in order to improve the quality of animals' lives.
~ We are committed to the alleviation of animal suffering and to the education of the public in order that animals have the lives they deserve.
In the 1970s, we were instrumental in convincing the County Commissioners to hire a full time shelter attendant.
In the 1980s, we successfully pushed to end the practice of selling dogs and cats from the animal shelter to a kennel in Virginia where they were sold to research labs for experimentation.
In the 1990s, we worked diligently to help raise funds to replace the county-owned animal shelter that had been built in the 1950s, which had no heat or air conditioning and was not even an enclosed facility. A beautiful new facility was completed in 1999, largely due to the efforts of the Humane Society.
Since the new animal shelter was built, we have consistently advocated for the use of lethal injection for euthanizing animals instead of the gas chamber.