The mission of Charles Smithgall Humane Society is to shelter and find safe homes for unwanted, neglected, abandoned and abused animals; to reduce pet overpopulation, cruelty and neglect; to teach and encourage responsible pet ownership; and to advocate animal welfare. We are a 501©3 nonprofit organization, and we are a no-kill facility.
The Humane Society came into being in the early 90’s by a group of citizens concerned about the growing number of strays and abandoned animals in the county. The humane society was incorporated as White County Humane Society and received its 501(c) 3 status in April, 1994. It then petitioned the citizens of White County to vote for Animal Control to be added to county government, as well, since previously nothing for animal welfare or control existed. The vote was approved resoundingly.
In 1996, thanks to a donation by Charles Smithgall, the shelter was built. Charles Smithgall was a North Georgia businessman and philanthropist who agreed to donate a portion of land from Smithgall Woods Conservation Park for use by the Humane Society, to house an animal shelter. He also donated a huge portion of the funds needed to build the building and kennels. With appreciation to, and in memory of, Mr. Smithgall, the Humane Society was renamed the Charles Smithgall Humane Society. The Animal Adoption Center for dogs and cats has 39 kennels with indoor and outdoor runs, as well as fenced outdoor areas for our dogs to exercise. Our building also has 2 cat rooms with built in exercise runs in the rooms.
We do not have staff veterinarian services; therefore, we are limited in the treatment we can give onsite. It is completely through the gifts of our donors that we are able to help pets we otherwise would not be able to treat. Our special Shelter Pets Medical Fund is set up to donate specifically towards the medical treatments of our animals in need.