About Us

We are a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter located in Breckenridge, Texas.  We believe that we are all God’s creatures, so we work hard to place all of our fabulous “fur-babies” in loving homes!

We are located in a small community in rural Texas, and while many of our dogs and cats get adopted right here in Stephens County, we also work with partner organizations and individuals across the country until we find the right match for each animal in our care.  We can only do all of this because of the dedication of our small staff and team of volunteers, each of whom brings their own special talents and skills to our organization.  As such, we have become known as “The little shelter that could!”

The original Stephens County Animal Shelter was built in 1975 under the guidance of Ruth Hilgenberg, President of the local Humane Society.  When Mrs. Hilgenberg passed away in 1987, the Humane Society ceased to exist for ten years.  The Humane Society was newly chartered in 1997 by Mona Lasiter and Kathy O’Shields.  Their efforts in conjunction with the City of Breckenridge and Stephens County led to the construction of a new shelter in 2003.  The new shelter has 20 kennels, a cat room with 16 cages, a puppy room with 12 cages, and an isolation room.  In 2012, a large outside area was fenced in to provide a place for the dogs to exercise, play, and meet potential “fur-ever” families.

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Today, the Humane Society provides…

  • Medical treatment for animals
  • Shots and heart worm tests
  • Medications
  • Foster homes
  • Care and feed for fostered animals not housed at the shelter
  • Trailer for transportation of animals out of state
  • Grooming for shelter animals
  • Handles all adoptions
  • Contact for SPCA transfers
  • Coordinates with other rescue groups
  • Cost sharing for low cost spay and neutering

If you are ready to adopt, please fill our our online adoption application.  If you have other questions about the shelter, please contact us.

Thanks for visiting our website!


8 thoughts on “About Us

  1. This is the website manager, and I am not in Breckenridge, but to the best of my knowledge we still have Astro! (He is scheduled to drop onto the website this afternoon.) I would go ahead and complete the online adoption application, because I expect him to go fast. Boxers make such great pets!


  2. Do you take in animals? There’s this female
    dog that has been around my house for a few weeks now. She doesn’t have a collar and I posted her and no one has claimed her or want to adopt her. I think she was dropped off down my road. She’s been terrorizing and fighting with my little dogs. I’m out of options on what to do!


  3. this shelter kills animals after 5 days
    and this shelter just filed animal cruelty charges to the animal control officer for staving dogs


    • Hi, Ron, and thank you for caring about the welfare of the animals in the shelter. This website is for the Stephens County Human Society. Sadly, the Breckenridge Police Department is currently running the shelter (they assumed responsibility for the shelter a couple of years ago) and this terrible situation happened while the animals were in their care. The Stephens County Humane Society was instrumental in helping to rescue these dogs and ensure they are receiving the veterinary care they now need to be brought back to good health. We are heartbroken by what has happened and are working on an official statement to clarify the separation of powers between the Breckenridge Police Department and the Stephens County Humane Society which allowed this to happen. Like you, we too want justice for these innocent dogs.


  4. I have a cat that belonged to my mom. She is now in a nursing home and I can’t keep him. I’m allergic. Can you help find him a good home.


  5. I’m looking for a 65 lb female lab pit mix lost her this past Saturday out by New Hope Baptist Church in Ranger. She’s a sweetie. If you seen this girl chocolate color, please contact me


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