Hancock Shelter Ribbon Cutting with FRIENDS Founders, the Eastburn Family , Staff, and Community
Friends of the Animal Shelter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in early 2000 by a small group of concerned citizens seeking to end euthanasias as a means of animal control for pet overpopulation in Hancock County.
Since inception, FRIENDS has grown and developed programs, fundraising events, and educational opportunities to benefit the health and welfare of animals in Hancock County.
The Waveland Shelter, while a hard woking but small facility, was in need of expansion and improvements, especially after Hurricane Katrina.
Hence, the Hancock Animal Shelter broke ground on a new facility in 2011 and was completed in mid 2012. Along with Hancock County resources, this was made possible due to the generosity of the Bucks and Montgomery Counties of Pennsylvania. William Eastburn III and his family of the Bucks Mont Relief program was developed and responsible for raising funds in their own community for the new shelter, the food pantry, and child development center for Hancock County in the aftermath of Katrina.
The shelter is a municipal entity of Hancock County, and not a FRIENDS operation. FRIENDS supplies aid and support only to the shelter. With continued financial and volunteer support for FRIENDS programs, the Hancock Animal Shelter has seen substantial reductions in admissions and euthanasias. We are still working hard to fulfill our mission and encourage the community to stay involved.