Frequent Questions

How can I become a volunteer for Caldwell Humane Society, Inc.?

We do all of our volunteer scheduling by email. To join the CHS, Inc. email distribution list, please send an email to caldwell4pets@gmail.com. Please include your full name and note that you would like to volunteer.  There’s no obligation....volunteers reply to our emails and help when they are able to.  Our group is very diverse, with each volunteer contributing time as his/her schedule allows.

 

Where is Caldwell Humane Society, Inc. located?

Caldwell Humane Society, Inc. does not have a physical location. We hold our meetings and reservation sessions in the downstairs meeting rooms of the main branch of the Caldwell County Library in Lenoir. Our clinics are held at the Caldwell County Fairgrounds. We use a cell phone with voicemail service as our telephone – as such, callers must leave a message and a volunteer will call them back.

 

Why does Caldwell Humane Society, Inc. focus on spaying and neutering?

Too many dogs and cats are euthanized each year in Caldwell County....far too many to be adopted. Spaying and neutering is the key to ending pet overpopulation, because it halts the cycle of pets having litters, and their litters having litters, and so on. Without low-cost spay/neuter clinics, many Caldwell County pet owners would not be able to afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery for their pets.

 

Why doesn’t Caldwell Humane Society, Inc. take in animals, shelter them, and find homes for them?

We would all agree that Caldwell County has an unacceptable number of unwanted animals. How can an all-volunteer group like CHS, Inc., with limited volunteer time and resources, do the greatest good for the most animals? By taking advantage of the multiplier effect of spaying and neutering. When an animal is spayed or neutered through our low-cost clinics, that animal will no longer have offspring....and its offspring will no longer have offspring....and the offspring’s offspring will no longer have offspring, and so on. If CHS, Inc. receives a donation of $250, we can help spay/neuter TEN animals with that money, and prevent unwanted births of many, many litters. If you took the same $250, it would not go very far towards food, shelter, veterinary exam fees, spay/neuter fees, heartworm & flea products, collar/leash, advertising for adoptive families, etc. for just ONE animal.

 

Is it heartbreaking that we can’t help all animals in need?

YES! We all love animals and would help each and every one if we could. The reality is that the citizens of Caldwell County have created such a burden of unwanted animals that we feel we must focus on the most powerful weapon available – spaying and neutering.

One analogy would be that of a tree you needed to remove from your yard....would you pull the leaves off, one at a time, or would you cut the tree down at the trunk? Spaying and neutering pets is the equivalent of cutting the tree down at the trunk….cutting off the supply chain of unwanted animals, before they can be born to end up in the shelter and later in the landfill.  Low-cost spay/neuter clinics are just a short drive away.  All they need are the animals to spay & neuter! To take advantage of their capacity, we just need dedicated volunteers to help us administer clinics and give Caldwell County citizens the opportunity to spay/neuter their pets, when they might not otherwise be able to afford to. We don’t have to sit back and wait for government officials or departments to solve the problem of pet overpopulation....we can make it happen now, ourselves!

 

How do I become a member?

Learn more here.

 

How can I keep up with the latest news from Caldwell Humane Society?

Join our email list by sending an email to caldwell4pets@gmail.com.  Or, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram!