FHS began in 1957 as the volunteer-operated, Polk County Animal Protection Society, with no facility. Eleven acres was generously donated to FHS in the 1980’s and the facility we currently use today was built in 1989. Thanks to the support of our community, FHS now employs a dedicated staff to manage the facility and its residents. The Board of Directors voted to become a no-kill shelter in 2010.
In addition to our successful adoptions and rescue programs, we offer many volunteer opportunities, public training classes, training and behavior assistance for our shelter dogs, and boast an average 94% live-release rate, meaning that approximately 97% of our animals are adopted into loving homes or transferred to reputable rescue organizations.
- Demonstrate kindness to all animals
- Provide excellent animal care
- Educate the public about animal needs
- Realize the value of teamwork
- Focus on future goals & improvement
- Exercise social responsibility