Shelter Spotlight: Highland County Humane Society

Highland County Humane Society is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

Highland County Humane Society, based in Virginia, has taken in nearly 1,600 dogs and cats and supported over 1,000 animals in their community since forming in July of 2012. Their mission is to meet the needs of Highland County’s animals and their families.

This foster-based animal rescue focuses on at-risk dogs and cats both in shelters and those about to lose their homes. They try to never turn away anyone who needs advice, assistance or to surrender their beloved pet. To keep pets in their homes, HCHS provides various types of assistance, including subsidized vet and grooming services, free parasite control and pet food, transportation to vet appointments and use of the organization’s pet carriers/crates. For families facing the difficult decision of surrendering their pets, they provide foster care and loving adoptive homes. At any given time, HCHS may be caring for up to 50 dogs, cats, and equines.

In partnership with the Highland County Recreation Commission, HCHS will be holding their annual Strut your Mutt event on May 19, 2018.  For more information relating to this event, visit Highland County Humane Society’s Facebook page.


Meet Tara!

“Lovely Tara is one of our adoptable dogs.  Our big girl has faced some challenges in her young life and found herself in an open-admission shelter in a kennel that was far too small for her.  She is thriving in her foster home.  She is living with the resident dog.  Tara has her very own little boy to love and she does love him.  She’s the perfect mix of affectionate and loving, but not clingy or overly dependent.  Basically, she is a well-balanced solid canine citizen ready for her loving family to find her.  Tara is fully house-trained and has excellent house manners.  She walks well on a leash.  Tara is good with other dogs of all sizes and will play when invited.  Tara weighs in at around 90 pounds, but she is nimble and gentle and never throws her weight around.  At between 2 and 3 years old, she is fully grown.”


If you would like to adopt one of the pets at Highland County Humane Society that are looking for a home, please visit their website here and submit an adoption application. HCHS is active on their Facebook page, but can also be contacted via email at

Shelter Spotlight: Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue

Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.


Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue, established in 2008, is located in Tallahassee, Florida. Within only ten years, they have rescued 646 dogs. Their goal is to rescue as many needy dogs as their resources will allow, to rehabilitate them whenever possible in preparation for their new families and lives, to find the best possible forever homes for those that are adoptable, and to provide a loving and safe home environment for those who are not.

At any given time, CSTR cares for about 35 dogs. This organization is currently making the transition into a sanctuary for small senior dogs. Since 2012, CSTR has operated the Polo’s Refuge Senior Dog Retirement Home program, and are in the process of expanding it and making it their primary focus. Polo’s Refuge provides a permanent home for senior Shih Tzu and other small breed dogs who were deemed unadoptable due to age, behavior, or health reasons. They remain in the program for the remainder of their lives for however long or short that may be. They are currently in the process of adding a second building to the program so they can double their capacity, and they hope to have it up and running this Fall. They currently have 18 dogs in the program.

If you are interested in donating to the Polo Refuge expansion efforts, please visit their Facebook page. CSTR will also have a table at the Downtown Market in Tallahassee, FL on Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 9am-1pm.


The best way to contact Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue is via their website at  

Shelter Spotlight: RescueConnect

RescueConnect is a recent recipient of a 1-800-PetMeds Cares™ product donation through our shelter donations program. You can learn about how 1-800-PetMeds Cares here.

RescueConnect, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, was founded in the summer of 2013. Since then, they have helped rescue almost 500 animals. While their focus is on dogs, they also support the cat overpopulation problem in eastern NC by participating in TNR (Trap Neuter Release) efforts to limit their population. Kittens or cats trapped during these efforts that are deemed socialized are then fostered and adopted locally in Wilmington.

At any given time, RescueConnect has about 10 animals in their care. They typically rescue between 175-200 animals annually. Their organization’s model is to work with partners in more populated areas where their dogs are placed for adoption. After coming to RescueConnect, all dogs receive spay or neuter, heartworm screening and treatment if needed, vaccinations and microchips.

In addition to being a traditional rescue, RescueConnect also works to support locals who find homeless animals and people that find themselves with animals they can no longer care for. They help by covering the cost of some medical expenses, providing food, assist with containment problems though supportive fencing options, and generally look for ways to help people keep the animals they may otherwise take to a shelter or rescue.

What makes RescueConnect unique is that they are a small team of people who all have full-time jobs and other personal responsibilities. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, they are all committed to making their community a safer, and better palace for animals to live. Their ultimate goal is to show people that by working together everyone can make an impact on the lives of animals in need and limit the number of euthanized family pets.


Meet Susie! 

Susie was assisted by RescueConnect this year after being hit by a car. After a lot of hard work raising money to cover an expensive and extensive surgery, she is now healed and looking for a FOREVER family! She is up for adoption at Tall Tails Beagle Rescue in Maine.

“Susie is a 1 year old Beagle mix who came to us from NC. She is a very tiny girl, only weighing about 12 pounds. She was found as a stray after being hit by a car and had broken legs and a broken pelvis. She underwent surgery and is now as good as new. Susie is a sweet little girl who is good with other small dogs, cats, and children. She is crate trained, but needs a bit more work with housebreaking. Susie likes to play with all kinds of toys and snuggle with her people. Please give Susie a loving home!”


If you would like to adopt one of the pets at RescueConnect or at one of their partner organizations that are looking for a home, please visit their website here and submit an adoption application. RescueConnect is most active on their Facebook page, but can also be contacted via email at