About Us

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Panhandle Humane Society is to provide a nurturing and fear-free environment for the community and its pets in our care utilizing the Five Freedoms model.

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by easy access to fresh, clean water and a diet to maintain health and vigor.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment, including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury, or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

The Five Freedoms were developed in a response to a 1965 UK Government report on livestock husbandry, and were formalized in a 1979 press statement by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council. The Five Freedoms have been adopted by professional groups including veterinarians and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Shelter Staff

Alysah Wiekhorst - Animal Associate

Amy Bartholomew - Executive Director

Chastity Brown - Animal Associate

Garrett LeMaitre - Animal Associate

Maycee Marcoe - Animal Associate

Regina Garza - Animal Associate

Stephanie Hatfield - Animal Associate

Aurora Smith - Animal Associate

Lauren Brock - Shelter Manager

Sergio Venzor - Animal Associate

Board of Directors

Cathleen Hefti - Board Member

Stephanie Lewis - Secretary

Vickie Jones - President

Tracy Tuggle - Vice President

Chuck Swank - Treasurer

Chelsea Brening - Board Member

Jane Sayre - Board Member

Megan Dockery - Board Member

Fear Free Shelter

Fear Free LogoThe staff at Panhandle Humane Society are certified in the Fear Free Shelter program. This training helps us recognize the signs of FAS (Fear, Anxiety and Stress) and Frustration in the animals. As a result, we can provide ways to minimize and possibly eliminate those emotions. Learn more at fearfreeshelters.com