Join us on Thursday, Feb. 23 for this special Chow Down Event


Special thanks to Kap Hopkins and Liz Moore and Associates for putting on this fundraiser for the pets this Thursday. Please join us for lunch, and if you cannot stay, please consider getting it to go. We are so grateful for all that are donating to make this possible. See you there!

Center Street Grill Supports the Heritage Humane McDuff Fund

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The community stepped up in a big way by donating nearly $1500 towards the McDuff Fund Endowment for Heritage Humane Society during the Big Game on Feb. 5, 2017.

McDuff Endowment


Christian and Kimberly prepare to start drawing the raffle prizes. What amazing prizes were donated! Thank you to all, and congratulations to all the lucky winners.


Mike (McDuff Fund co-founder) and Maggie (McDuff’s sister) enjoy the Big Game together.

McDuff Fund

Edward (McDuff Fund co-founder), and Kimberly take a quick shot with McDuff. He was the inspiration of the McDuff Endowment. Way to go, McDuff!

MarsCon was a Smashing Success

The money is counted

Since 2002, MarsCon has supported the pets at Heritage Humane Society with their annual event. This year was no different, and we are so thankful. These kind people raised more than $3,500 for our pets through their Charity Auction and Throne of Foam, and, some pets were adopted too! What a huge success. Thank you to all that made this possible, with special thanks to Butch, the event organizer, and Anita, the Charity Auction guru. We’ll see you both in 2018! 
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Lilly, our 8-year-old American Bulldog, had so much fun in a galaxy far, far away! Thank you for having us at MarsCon and spoiling Lilly with attention! Lilly is available for adoption and would love smother you in kisses and be your new side-kick, come on in and meet her!

Our Shelter is closed this weekend

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Due to the inclement weather, Heritage Humane Society is closed on Saturday (January 7, 2017) and Sunday (January 8). Please check our website for updates about when we will reopen.

Not to worry, our 117 pets are being well cared for by our dedicated staff. Enjoy a few of the happy (and excited) faces from this morning.

Wrapping Up Dogs of DoG Street


What a day Saturday turned out to be! An estimated 2,000 people and 700 dogs made their way to Colonial Williamsburg for the second annual Dogs of Dog Street.

First and foremost, we want to thank Colonial Williamsburg for again hosting this awesome event. With their support and the generous donations from those who came to the event, we were able to raise some much-needed cash and supplies for our shelter. Even more exciting is the fact three of the shelter dogs we took to Dogs of DoG Street have since been adopted (just like King in the photo above)!

New this year was the Doggy Costume Contest, and it proved a smashing success. A total of 50 dogs and their owners participated in the costume contest. The costumes ranged from adorable to hilarious. In the end, first place went to Duke, who was dressed up as spaghetti and meatballs with his owner dressed as a chef.

George Washington and his faithful companion, Liberty, were gracious hosts and led a spectacular march down Duke of Gloucester Street. We know the dogs and their owners had a blast!

We encourage you to read Colonial Williamsburg’s recap of the event, which includes some wonderful photos taken throughout the event. Colonial Williamsburg also produced a video from the event, which you can watch below:

General Washington and Liberty had a grand time Saturday at our annual Dogs of DoG Street event! Ryan Bedell and Charlie White put together this adorable video that really captured the fun of the day.

Thank you again to everyone who came out to show their support including WTKR’s Kristen Crowley TV and the staff and volunteers at Heritage Humane Society.

18 adoptions, $700, and several months worth of supplies and food for the shelter animals = success!

Posted by Colonial Williamsburg on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Our friends at The Flat Hat also put together a great video, which you can view here:

Dogs of DoG Street 2016

Top Dog on DoG Street: Watch the Flat Hat's coverage of Colonial Williamsburg's second annual Dogs of DoG Street event benefitting Heritage Humane Society.

Posted by The Flat Hat on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

JCC Rec Center Offering Free Rabies Vaccinations

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On Saturday, November 19, get a free rabies vaccination (while supplies last) at the James City County Recreation Center at 5301 Longhill Road. The free rabies shots are for dogs and cats ages 12 weeks or older. Note: Animals are not fully protected from rabies until 28 days after vaccination. Dog licenses will not be available or required to receive the vaccine.

Shelter Spotlight: Fostering Bottle Babies


Watch Heritage Humane Society Medical Lead and Foster Care Supervisor Catherine Watts bottle feed a foster kitten. Want to help bottle feed kittens? Email for more information.

Bottle Feeding Kittens**WARNING: CUTENESS OVERLOAD!**

Watch Heritage Humane Society Medical Lead and Foster Care Supervisor Catherine Watts bottle feed a foster kitten. Want to help bottle feed kittens? Email for more information.

Posted by Heritage Humane Society on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Adoptable Dog Molly Appears on WMBG AM 740

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On Tuesday, October 11, Heritage Humane Society conducted an interview on WMBG AM 740 about our adoptable dog Molly, a 1-year-old Labrador Retriever/Pitbull mix. Learn more about Molly by watching the video below.

If you missed The Heritage Humane Update today here is our video portion of this segment. Thanks to Hatley Mason and Mermaid Books!

Posted by Williamsburg’s Radio Station AM 740 WMBG on Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dogs of DoG Street is This Saturday!

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It’s almost time, everybody! The much-anticipated Dogs of Dog Street event is taking place this Saturday in Colonial Williamsburg. Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Historic Triangle’s largest dog walk:

  • Donations to Heritage Humane Society – Those interested in attending Dogs of DoG Street are strongly encouraged to bring a donation for Heritage Humane Society. Cash donations are always welcome, but we would also love to get some of the items on our wish list.
  • Free gourmet dog treats – Free gourmet dog treats will be handed out by Colonial Williamsburg’s chef apprentices from 8 a.m. to noon (while supplies last) at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market in Merchants Square. The chefs will also be handing out their signature dog treat recipe.
  • Checking in – Check in begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Palace Green. While checking in, drop off your donations to Heritage Humane Society and register for the dog costume contest (only the first 50 dogs will be eligible). You can also get a pet photo taken by a professional photographer.
  • Halloween costume contest – The dog costume contest will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Market Square Stage. The panel of judges (including Liberty) will select the top three costumes based on originality and execution. The crowd will pick the champion based on applause. The winner will get a special basket of dog goodies including a batch of Colonial Williamsburg’s homemade treats, a plush Liberty, patriotic collar and leash, Haunting on DoG Street all-access passes, and more.
  • The march begins – The dog march will begin at 11 a.m. at the Palace Green. Led by George Washington, Liberty, and representatives from Heritage Humane Society with adoptable dogs, the march will go from the Palace Green, down Duke of Gloucester Street, and concluding at the Capitol.
  • After the march – Stay after the walk for a live auction, which will feature several unique dog items you can take home as souvenirs to remember the special day with your pup.