The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County is one of our staff’s top picks for Memphis non-profits. Located at Shelby Farms, the Memphis chapter of the Humane Society takes in abused and neglected animals and helps to foster them until they can be adopted. They also work to educate the public about how to take care of animals well and how to have strong relationships with pets.
Attorney Shannon Wolff got involved with the Humane Society after she visited with another one of our attorneys, Hollis Craft, a few years ago.
“She had been speaking highly about it for months, so one evening I went with her and I fell in love with it. I went to the volunteer orientation in May of 2009 and I have been with the organization ever since.”
As a co-group leader, Shannon educates new dog walkers, socializes the dogs, and takes them for walks. “We have ample opportunities to spend time with the dogs. The Humane Society will allow you to ‘check out’ a dog for a day or even a weekend to help with their socialization skills. I’ve taken one of my favorites out for a walk around Shelby Farms on the weekend.”
In addition to taking in animals that have been mistreated, the Humane Society of Memphis offers lost and found support for pet owners and leads investigations into animal cruelty and abuse situations like dog fighting. They also have an assisted therapy program for hospitals and other care centers, where animals are able to encourage sick, elderly and depressed patients.
Shannon says of the shelter, “What I enjoy the most about volunteering there is the relaxing feeling that I get from it (not to mention being surrounded by other individuals that love animals as much as I do). Nothing is better than watching the sheer joy every dog experiences when we let them off the leash to run around the play yards or having them curl up in your lap and give you kisses.”