What is a Humane Society?
A Humane Society by its very nature should reflect through its governing body and employees, those characteristics of being humane – to show compassion, sympathy, kindness, benevolence and charity to those animals suffering or distressed.
It should be a non profit organization dedicated to the prevention of inhumane treatment of all animals, and provide shelter and care for lost or unwanted and abused animals. The organization should make every effort to return them to their owner or place them in loving and responsible homes.
The Humane Society should keep animals for as long as there is room for them and they remain healthy. Unfortunately, this is not always possible if there are more animals waiting for adoption than can be cared for. Those animals which are unhealthy or aggressive or those that cannot be placed will be euthanized with dignity.
Through community education, we foster responsible attitudes towards animals. True to our belief that animal welfare is crucial to improve the quality of life in our area of influence, we sponsor the following programs:
• Blood Donor Dogs & Cats for Veterinarians at “NO” Charge
• Lost & Found Program
• Cremation Service for the Public & Veterinarians
• Foster Care Program for Young & Old Animals
• Community Outreach Educational Classes
• Volunteer Programs for Community Service
• Vet Rescue for Injured/Sick Stray Animals
• Hurricane Disaster Assistance
The Brevard Humane Society (BHS) supports the principle of “appropriately managed” colonies in an effort to reduce the overpopulation of feral felines.
Feral is defined as generally deemed not likely to be a candidate as a companion pet. This position parallels that of the ASPCA and the HSUS for responsible and long term management that includes, but is not limited to trapping, vaccination, neutering, identification, treatment as necessary, and ultimately, placement and/or release of homeless felines to suitable/approved environments in accordance with county/state ordinances where appropriate. Managed colonies are defined as those which provide, but are not limited to shelter, food, water and an established program of monitoring for veterinary care as needed.
The Humane Society acknowledges that while probably not the ultimate solution, “appropriately managed” TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) Programs are a reasonable recourse in the effort to maintain status quo population of felines at large.
In that BHS acknowledges the demand and need for alternative animal care facilities (a.k.a. “rescue groups”) in Brevard County, we recognize the need for county and/or state guidelines/parameters/mandates for same so that they may operate in the best interest of the animals.
The Brevard Humane Society is opposed to any change in verbiage to Florida Statute 767 – Damage by Dogs http://floridaanimalcontrol.org/
With specific reference to 767.14, the Brevard Humane Society supports and concurs that no such regulation is specific to breed.
767.14 – Additional local restrictions authorized.