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The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC), located 64 miles west of Washington D.C., near Charles Town, West Virginia is one of the finest animal care facilities in the country.

The BAAC became operational in October 2000, and provides Comprehensive Adoption Services for cats and dogs, which consist of animal rescue; veterinary medical care—including mandatory spay/neuter before adoption; microchipping; socialization/rehabilitation; and delivery of all dogs to their new homes.

The BAAC operates under the auspices of The National Humane Education Society. The BAAC receives the larger share of its operating funds from the NHES to carry out its program services.


Anna C. Briggs founded The National Humane Education Society (NHES), a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, in 1948. The mission of the NHES is to foster a sentiment of kindness to animals in children and adults. Visit the NHES website at:

Through its affiliates and programs, the NHES provides humane education, rescue and relief assistance for animals and screened adoption services. The NHES also provides educational presentations to all ages and information services to supporters as well as the general public.

The BAAC has a humane holding capacity for an approximate 170 animals (70 dogs and 100 cats.)

Since becoming operational in October 2000, through June 30, 2014, the BAAC, in conjunction with the NHES Comprehensive Adoption Services Program, has placed over 6,000 companion animals in loving lifelong homes.

In addition to being the primary funding source for the BAAC, the NHES also operates:

Spay Today

Spay Today- which offers low-cost spay and neuter certificates to individuals in certain areas of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Spay Today can be contacted at: (304) 728-8330 or via email to Spay Today.


 The NHES, BAAC and Spay Today rely solely on charitable contributions to achieve their missions and do not receive any financial assistance from local, state, or federal governments.

Please help us continue our humane efforts on behalf of animals by sending a contribution today to BAAC, P.O. Box 1023, Charles Town, WV 25414-1023 or Click here to read our donation page.


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