The Mission of the Humane Society of Chittenden County (HSCC) is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and prevent animal suffering; to strengthen the human-animal bond; and to further the cause of responsible animal ownership through education and public awareness.
HSCC is a private, independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding. We are not affiliated with any national organizations, such as the Humane Society of the United States. We rely solely on the limited revenue generated by our programs and fees, and on the tremendous generosity of our community. We serve Vermont’s most populated county, Chittenden, as well as Grand Isle County.
Founded in 1901, HSCC has been serving both animals and people for well over 100 years. The original facility was built by June & Herb Davis, considered the modern-day founders of HSCC, but was outgrown by the late 1990’s. Our current facility was completed in October of 2002 and boasts nearly 12,000 square feet of animal care and adoption space, where we take in 800-1200 animals each year and welcome as many as 20,000 visitors annually. The majority of the animals at HSCC are cats and dogs, but we also provide care and services for small animals such as rabbits, ferrets, and rodents.
Our pledge to the members of our community- two and four-legged alike- is to conduct our work with compassion, a commitment to education, prevention and intervention, and with high standards of both animal care and to the welfare of our community. We do that work not only with the support of our community but also with other organizations and animal welfare groups in Vermont and throughout the region.