little history on the founder Maria Brittis
How does a mother of three have time to run a non profit
organization especially in a state that the rate of euthanization
is one of the highest in the united states and stay calm.
at the Humane Society of Hilton Head, the only no kill animal
shelter in South Carolina. The Shelter was always full and during
may occassion we had to send many animals away which was sad,
because the only other shelters were Kill shelters.
moved here from New York with my husband and three kids.
My husband was transferred to Hilton Head, South Carolina,
so i had the luxury to do some volunteer work. Being an
animal lover who had lived on a farm during my childhoods i
decided to volunteer
I decided to establish a foster program at the shelter, so when
there was no room i would call a list of families that would
house the animal until an opening came at the shelter. It worked
well and still does.
I left the Hilton Head Humane shelter and felt my work was done
there and wanted to open another branch of the shelter in another
area, but because of lack of funds it was not possible.
I than thought long and hard and felt that to make a difference
is to get to the root of the problem and thats through Spay
I set up the nonprofit organization and raised funds for the
medical equipment. I found a local mobil vet who did not have
equipment who agreed to the spay and neuter in exchange for
use of the equipment. It was a great deal for both involved
and since 2002 we have spayed and neuter over 1000 animals in
South Carolina and going strong.
We have other programs such as grants which have been awarded
to our organization for individuals to take their pet to their
local participating vet, here we can get other vets involved
in the low cost spay and neuter program.
My goal is to set up programs around the country for rescues
and individuals interested in opening a spay and neuter program
or clinic and don't know how. That is why many people get scared
away because they feel its alot of paper work.
it really is not that bad if you have some volunteers to help
you along the way. You really only need one volunteer to help
in the beginning stages.