Calaveras Enterprise

News from the Calaveras Humane Society

While serving the needs of abandoned and stray animals in Calaveras County and working with the public, our volunteers often encounter misconceptions regarding the Calaveras Humane Society: who we are, what we do and how we are funded.

The first misconception is that the CHS and Calaveras County Animal Services are the same. In fact, they are two very separate entities. Animal Services is a county department, which provides government-operated animal-care services and sheltering and is run through the Sheriff’s Office. The CHS is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to eliminate pet overpopulation and the suffering of animals. Animal Services receives its funding through the county, while the CHS depends on individual donations and fundraising events to run its programs. The CHS and Animal Services do work together to provide the animals of Calaveras County with the best care possible.

The second misconception is that the CHS is affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States. This is not the case. The CHS and the HSUS are separate and distinct organizations. Again, the CHS is a local nonprofit organization that is run entirely by volunteers. The HSUS is a national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The HSUS in no way provides funding to the CHS, nor is it involved in the management or operations of the CHS.

If you ever have any questions regarding the CHS, don’t hesitate to call 736-9417, email or attend one of our board meetings, which are held the second Friday of every month.

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