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The purpose of the Elk County Humane Society shall be to provide effective means of proventing cruelty to animals throughout Elk County by: fostering humane education, assisting authorities in all laws pertaining to animals, by employing a Humane Officer, by operating a shelter that is open to the public and continuing to place a variety of animals, providing adoptive services, providing protection for animals. Providing recognition of meritorious humane acts, assisting pet owners in obtaining spaying and neutering services by referring them to reduced cost clinics, ending the suffering in a humane manner of any incurable or unadoptable animal, such other services as may, from time to time, be considered by the Society as necessary for the attainment of this purpose.
In January 2001, the first public meeting was held. Within two months, a board was organized, by-laws written and the ECHS applied for a 501(c)(3) tax exemption. We operated without a building with the help of foster homes. In 2004, the City of Saint Mary's leased two acres of land to the Society for one dollar a year for fifty years. Donations from foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals enabled us to build the Elk County Humane Society. Much of the work was donated. In June 2007, we opened our doors to the public. We now have 24 dog pens and runs, and 44 cat pens.