Rutland County Humane Society Celebrates 60 Years of Pet Love

Rutland County Humane Society Celebrates 60 Years of Pet Love

Rutland County Humane Society Celebrates 60 Years of Pet Love

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) is celebrating its its 60th anniversary on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include live music from Rick Redington, an afternoon cookout complete with cake, fun lawn games, historical information, cute photo ops for families, puppy and kitten naming ideas and more. Dogs are welcome; RCHS alumni dogs will receive bandanas! You can also bring an alumni photo for the board. The Adoption Center will be open at 11 a.m. for tours. RCHS is located at 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford.

RCHS began in the late 1950s when two local women, Ellen Hollrock Porter and Olive Smith, were concerned about the many stray animals they saw and cared for. They assembled a group of people to discuss the idea of creating a humane society. Ed Wheeler began working with the group and offered his farm to house the stray and unwanted animals for many years before the shelter was built. RCHS was legally incorporated on April 29, 1959. Land was purchased for the new shelter and the $45,000 building was opened in October 1967. Over the years RCHS estimates it has cared for or assisted over 113,000 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and – in the early years, skunks, loons, fawns, goats and horses, to name just a few. Support came from individuals and businesses, who gave monetary donations, supplies and publicity. RCHS continues to implement programs to help the people and animals in Rutland County, thanks to the unparalleled support from the community. RCHS provides shelter and adoption opportunities for pets who are homeless and promotes animal welfare through community programs that benefit both animals and people. For more information, call 802-483-9171 or visit


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