The NHES Alliance Partnership Program works collaboratively with and provides major funding to other reputable humane organizations whose work embodies the successful implementation of NHES’ 12 Guiding Principles. The following is a sampling of three such organizations that NHES has partnered with to help create a more humane world:
Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST) of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina exemplifies NHES’ 12th Guiding Principle, “To recognize in animals their capacity for friendship and their need for friends. To befriend all Earth’s creatures of the land, the sea and the air—to defend them against ravages by mankind, and to inspire in human beings compassion for all.
NEST too is worthy of distinction as an all-volunteer 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of sea turtles and other marine wildlife on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. NEST is committed to contributing to the preservation of these species through research and rescue efforts and to fostering greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness. NEST volunteer services include turtle rescue and rehabilitation, identifying turtle nests via ATV patrol and protecting those nests, sitting on turtle nests awaiting hatching, and educating the public. Learn more.
Operation Catnip (OC) of Gainesville, Florida, exemplifies NHES’ 10th Guiding Principle, “To advance programs for the humane sterilization of cats and dogs in order to reduce their overpopulation.”
OC is worthy of distinction, not simply because of the increasing number of feral, free-roaming, and unowned cats (community cats) that it has spayed and neutered each year—thereby humanely preventing the birth of hundreds of thousands of homeless kittens—but also because of OC’s emphasis on education and its volunteer base that includes veterinary students. NHES believes that these veterinary students will take their first-hand experiences with OC into their professional careers, where they will further decrease the killing of healthy animals through effective spay/neuter endeavors in the future. NHES has been providing support to Operation Catnip since it became operational in 1998.
Friends of Felines, Hatteras Island (FOFHI) of North Carolina, also exemplifies NHES’ 10th Guiding Principle, “To advance programs for the humane sterilization of cats and dogs in order to reduce their overpopulation.”
FOFHI is worthy of distinction as a small volunteer group that dedicates itself to spaying and neutering the island’s community cats that are then returned to managed colony sites—complete with shelters and feeding stations. FOFHI is notable because it offers a truly distinct model of an effective Trap, Neuter, & Release program for community cats in a contained environment of a coastal barrier island—Hatteras Island. NHES began assisting the unwanted cats of Hatteras Island in the early 1980’s when Virginia Briggs-Dungan, then vice president, first rescued around 19 cats from one of the small villages. In more recent times, NHES has delivered donated cat food and funded a microchip program to help FOFHI identify and return feral cats to their managed colonies after coastal storms. Learn more.