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

Together, the Humane Society and the Stephens County Animal Shelter are the Stephens County Animal Welfare Center.

We invite you to browse our available pets to see if your new best friend is waiting here for you.  If you have already spotted the pet you want to adopt, fill our our online adoption application.  If you have other questions about the shelter, please contact us.

Thanks for visiting our website!



13 thoughts on “About Us

    • We do not have the funds to spay or neuter animals outside of our care. We DO use our local vets for spay, neuter, and other care, and they are all wonderful!


  1. Kathy O’Shield I can never thank you enough for our fur babies Chester, Moxy, and Sassy. They are so precious. They are our children. We could live without them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I could love these babies anymore than possible. You guys are awesome. I wish other shelters would be more like you and be a no kill shelter. So many beautiful animal would be killed. My love and commitment to your shelter. I love you!
    Will see you soon!


  2. I am in Baird and have been trying to find a home for a German Shepard mix that i’ve been told I need to re-home due to cat aggression and food aggression. I haven’t had any luck, and I know I’m in a different county, but I wondered if I could bring her to your shelter.


  3. Hello,

    I have been trying to adopt a dog but I can never seem to get a hold of anyone, I went down to the animal shelter, but I was told I need to call the humane society. When calling the number provided 254-559-2106, I keep getting a message that says “Hello, we are unavailable now, please call again, thank you.” (something along those lines) and I am unable to leave a message.

    It has been a week, Is there another contact I can get a hold of to adopt a dog? I filled out my application and we are ready to bring home Stryker! Thanks for your time.

    Kind regards,
    Nick Sellers


    • This is the website administrator. I shared your comment with the person in charge of adoptions, and she said she would follow up with you tomorrow. Our apologies for the delay, and thank you for contacting us!! ❤


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