Pets and Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

If it’s not safe for you. It’s not safe for them. Always bring your pets with you.

You never know when a disaster may strike. That’s why Heritage Humane Society recommends pet owners have a plan and preparing for disasters ahead of time. Disasters can strike in many forms any time. If you need to evacuate your home with a short notice, its hard to recall all that’s needed for you AND your pets in the chaos of the moment.

We recommend you put together a large plastic container with the needs of your pet in mind. In the case of an emergency, you can grab and go with your pets in tow. Make a plan early, and consider the needs of all your family members.

Remember always take your pets with you. If it’s not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets. 

Download the Emergency Disaster Kit

To help you put your emergency container together ahead of time, Heritage Humane has created a checklist of common (and sometimes overlooked) items your pet might need while away from home. Emergency Disaster Kit > 

More links with further disaster information:

ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Information >
FEMA’s Preparedness for Pets Brochure > Pets and Animals >

View in FEMA Multimedia Library


Mega Yard Sale is back!

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Join us for a morning of fun, food and lots of goodies at our Mega Yard Sale on Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be a burrito bar, hot dogs, and bake sale, plus lots of items for pets and people. Bring your friends, 2-legged and 4-legged, and come join us!

Special Thanks to Williamsburg Business Alliance


Williamsburg Business Alliance generously donated $2500 to support the mission of Heritage Humane Society this week. We are so grateful for this contribution.

Pictured: Kimberly Laska, executive director with Jelly Bean, soon to be adopted pup at Heritage Humane, and Elizabeth O’Donnell, Owner/Director of PuroClean and member of The Williamsburg Business Alliance

Heritage Humane Society Auxiliary’s Spring Tea was a smashing success

Guest speaker, Renee Champaign, and her service dog, Miley, touched the hearts of the attendees of this sold-out event

The Heritage Humane Society Auxiliary held its first ever Spring Tea at Carrot Tree Kitchens and had 2 seatings that sold-out. The keynote speaker, Renee Champagne, and her service dog Miley, (HHS adoptee) touched the 100 guests with her moving story and many accomplishments. Heritage Humane raised more than $4,700 during this new event, and are making plans to do it again next spring. Alice Wilson and Lynne Christiansen, Auxiliary members, along with the wonderful team from Carrot Tree, made this event the huge success it was. Thank you!

Spring Tea at Carrot Tree – Wed., April 26

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Join us for an a wonderful Spring Tea and help homeless pets in need while you enjoy time with friends.

About our keynote speaker: Renee

Renee Champagne is a USAF Veteran, Military Spouse, mother, wellness coach, and holds several certificates in yoga. Renee has taught yoga to military populations since 2007 and continues to find innovative ways to help foster Post Traumatic Growth. She is the Yoga Coordinator at Walter Reed and on the faculty at Warriors at Ease.

Renee is an advocate for military families. She is a Liaison for Give an Hour, Family Therapist and owns Sustaining Youth And Families which launches June 2017.

As an endurance athlete and trauma survivor,  Renee has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of yoga. She completed a yoga series for the CHAMP at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Yoga International. Her ability to overcome and thrive make her a sought out speaker about trauma, resilience, and Post Traumatic Growth.

Renee has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from William and Mary with a focus on wellness, families, and trauma. Renee and her service dog Miley are highlighted in the book Reporting For Duty by Tracy Libby.

The Spring Tea is at Carrot Tree and registration is available online or by calling (757) 221-0150. Tickets are $30, and $18 is tax-deductible. There are 2 seatings – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Spring Tea Invitation

Register for the 4 p.m. session

Register for the 6 p.m. session

Yard Sale on March 25

Yard Sale

Join our team for a Yard Sale to benefit the homeless pets in our community. We will have items for pets and people, household items and so much more.

Are you interested in donating items to help raise funds for the homeless animals in need in our community? 

Acceptable Items New or Gently Used:

  • Bikes
  • Books / DVD’s / Games / Puzzles
  • Carpets / Welcome mats-no larger than 8’ x 10’
  • Clothing Accessories (scarves, hats, ties)
  • Cookware in good condition, pots pans, bakeware
  • Electronics (no more than four years old)
  • Fireplace sets
  • Flat screen TV stands
  • Gardening Tools & Small Equipment
  • Garden flags & wind spinners
  • Grills (small – no propane)
  • Jewelry
  • Lamps that work
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Pet Supplies
  • Small Kitchen Appliances – Coffee makers, blenders, mixers, microwaves
  • Sporting goods in good condition
  • Spring/Summer items like sunglasses, outside games
  • Tools
  • Toys – clean and with all parts
  • Unopened cosmetics and toiletries

Items will be accepted from March 13 – March 24.  Also, we are looking for tents and tables to use for the day.

Items Not Accepted:

  • Answering Machines
  • Box TV’s
  • Building Materials
  • Cameras
  • Car Seats
  • Carpeting
  • Cell Phones
  • Christmas Items
  • Clothing
  • Computer Monitors
  • Encyclopedias
  • Fax Machines
  • Fuels/Solvents
  • Hangers
  • Large Appliances (washers, dryers, dishwashers)
  • Large Exercise Equipment
  • Large Furniture
  • Mattresses & Box Springs
  • Medical Equipment
  • Paints
  • Pianos
  • Radios
  • Records
  • Stereos
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Tires/Rims
  • Used or opened make up or toiletries

Is your item not listed? Please call 757-221-0150 and ask for Diana Krell, Operations Manager or email with a description and photo.

Animal Camp Registration is Now Open


Are you looking for a summer camp program that is different and fun? One that your children will remember for years to come? Well we have an answer for you. Heritage Humane Society’s Animal Camp, and the registration is open now. Sign up early since space is limited.

To learn more, please click here.

Animal Camp 2017 Flyer

Register by clicking the links below:

Campers and kittens

Connie Glueck, Our Very Own Ultraman Florida Superstar

Connie Glueck

Last weekend, Connie Glueck (Heritage Humane Society volunteer and supporter), participated in and COMPLETED a 3-day Endurance Event. On the 1st day, she had a 6.2 mile swim followed by a 94 mile bike ride. On the 2nd day, she had a 171 mile bike ride. On the 3rd day, she had a 52.4 mile run. Total Distance = 321.6 miles. Incredible job, Connie!

She told our team, “Before I started the event, I knew I wanted to donate a dollar to Heritage Humane Society for every mile I completed. I am happy and proud to say I completed the whole event, so therefore, I would like to present a check for $321.00! My family, crew, and thinking about all of my fur babies at home were my inspiration. They make me so happy and I am so glad I can give back to Heritage for all the love they have given me through my awesome kitties.”

Thank you so much to Connie for your amazing efforts, and your ongoing support as a volunteer and contributor. We are in awe of what you do! Thank you!

Meet Brianna Greth and Hugs

Bri and Hugs

Meet Brianna Greth, Heritage Humane’s Animal Care and Medical Coordinator. Brianna works with many of our special case kitties that need extra love and socialization. She has taken the time to get to know Hugs true personality, and now Hugs will warm up to so many others. It has taken months of patience and kindness for Hugs, but she is ready to meet the right person or individual and to go to her new home.

Hugs enjoying playtime

Hugs enjoying playtime

Brianna said, “I joined Heritage Humane Society’s staff to help animals, give them a voice, and protect them. HHS goes to great lengths to find loving and suitable homes for each and every animal. We give them a second chance at life. Staff members go the extra mile to make sure the animals receive the love and attention that they need. This is why I love and support Heritage! I see animals come through here neglected and abused but still have so much love to give. Their unconditional love pushes me to keep fighting.”

She continues, “Hugs is a wonderful senior cat! The first thing you will notice about Hugs is that she is very vocal. Carrying on a conversation with her is never really hard.  She is a little skeptical about strangers but if you greet her the proper way, she will be your friend forever.  Hugs is particular about most things including what she prefers to eat. She will only let you pet her if she smells your hand first. She will also let you know when she has had enough attention. Hugs knows what she wants and knows what she likes, anything less will not suit her. I call her “pretty girl” every time I see her; she always responds very well to this. She is a pretty, beautiful girl whose sweet face and tender meows will make its way into your heart.”

Hugs loves to give Brianna daily affection. Now others are getting love too.

Hugs loves to give Brianna daily affection. Now others are getting love too.

We hope you’ll help us get Hugs a home, and as a long-term resident, the adoption fee is just $14 until President’s Day (Feb. 20). Thank you for your dedication and concern for each pet, Brianna.