About Us

The Humane Society of Polk County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We were chartered in 1972, and the original Sage Road shelter was built in 1980. As of June 2015, our staff of thirteen employees operates out of our new shelter, which is located just around the corner at 3195 Dundee Road.

The shelter usually has 30 dogs and 75 cats in residence, but the number of animals fluctuates every year. In our last fiscal year, we took in more than 1100 animals.

All accepted animals are spayed or neutered, provided with shots, tested for heartworms or feline leukemia/aids, de-wormed, microchipped, provided a physical exam by a local veterinarian and given comfortable shelter, food and water.

Shelter Hours

Tuesday – Friday
11:30 a.m. — 6 p.m.
Saturday
10 a.m. — 4 p.m.

We are closed on the last Friday of every month for staff training.

Pets Saved in 2018

Services

Pet Adoptions

All adoptions include a physical exam by a local vet, heartworm testing, feline leukemia and AIDS testing, spay/neuter surgery, inoculations, de-worming, 30 days of free pet insurance, and microchipping with registration through Home Again. Adoption locations: Our main shelter; Pet Supermarkets

re-homing Services

When unable to accept animals into the shelter, we re-home pets via our website until there is space at the shelter to accept them. More than 350 animals are placed annually through re-homing services.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services

Each year, more than 900 spay/neuter surgeries are performed in partnership with Ridge Veterinary Association vets.

Education Programs

Available upon request to all Polk County schools. Educating the public, both children and adults, on the importance of spaying/neutering pets is one of our most important endeavors.

Paws to Read

Each week our therapy dogs Gracie, Zelda, Gator, Tebow, Tippy and Trooper visit the third graders at Elbert Elementary School. Each child has the opportunity to read a story to the dogs and overcome any fears they may have about reading aloud. Our intention is to expand this program to other schools.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always seeking volunteers! Must be at least 13 years of age. Corporate Sponsors: WalMart Distribution Center and Disney World. New Beginnings High School students visit the shelter weekly to provide extra love and care to our shelter animals.

Lost & Found Services

Online services to assist owners in finding their pets.

Match-a-Pet Program

Breed-specific wish list for those seeking to adopt a particular breed.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Humane Society of Polk County, Inc., your local no-kill shelter, is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals and the extension of humane education.

Protecting Polk’s pets since 1972

Polk’s only No-Kill Animal Sanctuary since 2004

Adoption services for more than 1,600 animals annually

Spay/neuter services for more than 2,200 animals annually

Emergency services provided for the pets of more than 200 pet owners annually

22,000 pounds of pet food provided to low-income pet owners annually

Preventing more than 4,000 animals from being surrendered to Polk County Animal Control each year

Saving tax payers $650,000 annually through our public/private partnership with Polk County Government

501(c)(3) nonprofit funded by donations, bequests and grants

Meet the Staff

Staff

Lisa Baker

Executive Director

Laura Sutton

Administrative Assistant

Gina Delaney

Office Manager

Diann Andress – APDT-KA

Animal Trainer

Animal Care Specialists: Flavia Alexander, Donald Bracey, Melissa Brocklesby, Amber Cherwonik, Ana Delgado Montes, Debra Godsey, Criss Osborne, Adam Pierce, Marsha Smith, Rhonda Sullivan, Kaycee Twomey, Sandra Williams

Board of Directors

Tracey Greene

President

Beth Koon

Vice President

Mark Turner

Treasurer

Kristie Hatcher-Bolin

Secretary

Board Members: Lauren Donalson, Angie Hibbard, Jan Hyman, Eileen Killebrew, Allison Lee, Loren Nations, Sara Michaels, Audrey Nettlow, John Scheck, Marcia Smith, April Spaulding, Jackie Thompson, Kevin Ward, Heather Wilson

Advisory Council

Sandy Acker, Lance Anastasio, Heather Bogdahn, Patti Bostick, Craig Clevenger, Jeff Donalson, Heather Earl, Jackie Elliott, Jack Enfinger, Beth Evans, Bob Gernert, Melea Gernert, Susan Hansell, Kevin Hyman, Sam Killebrew, Josh Lewis, Janine Mahalak, Sal Moraco, Suzie Moraco, Dr. Loren Nations, Dennie Newton, Walter Newton, David Nicholson, Chris Nikdel, Tom Oldt, Julie Phillips, Karen Phillips, Dan Rooney, Phil Royle, Cynthia Saterbo, T. Michael Stavres, Amy Sumerlin, Ansley Wales, Shirley Whitney, Fay Wood