The Humane Society of Terrell County began in 1985 as a modest
effort between two friends to better the lives of animals in Terrell
County. Over the years, hundreds of animals have been rescued and
the local governments have been persuaded to make small but
significant changes to their animal control program.
October of 2000, HSTC was incorporated and shortly thereafter
received their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The membership has grown
as more people volunteered their time and money to benefit the
HSTC does not have a shelter. We are a network of foster homes
and volunteers in Terrell County and the surrounding area. We have
no paid staff and most of our volunteers work full-time jobs in
addition to their "jobs" with HSTC. We receive no money from
government sources and rely solely on donations and fundraisers to
house and care for our homeless pets.
HSTC has adopted a no-kill policy. We do not euthanize animals
as a means of population control. Instead, we focus on spay/neuter
efforts to reduce the pet overpopulation. Our ultimate goal is that
there be no more homeless pets.
Terrell County is a rural community and the industry is
primarily agricultural. More than a quarter of the population lives
below the poverty level.