About Us - Briggs Animal Adoption Center

The final lesson of Mankind’s evolution may well be
that animals are sacred and deserving of our protection.

— Anna C. Briggs
Founder of The National Humane Education Society

The James P. and Anna C. Briggs Animal Adoption Center and Sanctuary’s (BAAC) first phase of construction was completed in 2000, and the second phase was completed in 2006. In 2013 we renovated our Humane Education Building (shown on the right in the photo above) located on the NHES Campus near the BAAC building. The BAAC is named in honor of James and Anna C. Briggs, husband and wife, who dedicated their lives to improving the plight of homeless animals in our Nation.

Given the above, the BAAC is an incarnation of Mr. and Mrs. Briggs’ guiding philosophy:
Companion animals are sentient creatures who have intrinsic value in and of themselves. Therefore, our stewardship includes sanctity for their individual lives, and we will not participate in the killing of one animal in order to ‘make room’ for another animal. But rather, we will remain committed to each animal that comes into our care until such time as an appropriate adoptive home can be found, because this is part of the humane solution to ending animal suffering.

The BAAC is a program of the National Humane Education Society (NHES) which was founded by Anna C. Briggs in 1948. The BAAC’s central mission is to place companion animals in loving homes with compassionate people who will make lifelong commitments to them by accepting them as a member of their family.

The BAAC relies solely on charitable contributions to achieve its mission and does not receive any operating funds from local, state or federal governments to carry out its program servcies which include:

  • Animal Intake Services
  • Comprehensive Pre-adoptive Healthcare Services
  • Mandatory Spay/Neuter before Adoption, including Early-Age Spay/Neuter
  • Socialization—and Initial Canine Obedience Training
  • Comprehensive Adoption Services
  • Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Assistance via its sister program, Spay Today

The BAAC provides one of the highest standards of veterinary care available to its dogs and cats. This veterinary care is provided to all animals before adoption which would normally cost a minimum of $400 per animal if done after adoption at a veterinary clinic.These services include:

  • Spay/Neuter before Adoption
  • Lyme, Erlichia, and Heartworm Testing for dogs
  • Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS Testing for cats
  • Rabies Vaccinations
  • DHLPP & Bordetella Vaccinations for dogs
  • FeLV & FVRCP Vaccinations for cats
  • Fecal Checks & Deworming (two treatment minimum)
  • All animals are microchipped
  • Dentals are provided for older animals, as needed

*Additional procedures are provided to injured animals (x-rays, special surgeries, etc.) This additional medical care is provided by Briggs in order to bring the animal into a healthy condition and are at Briggs’ expense. Donations in addition to our Administrative Fees to help offset our costs are greatly appreciated and always needed.

Administrative Fees

As mentioned above, for the standard veterinary care provided to each animal within the first month alone, the BAAC incurs costs of $400 per animal. To help offset a portion of these costs, the BAAC charges a $125.00 administrative fee in conjunction with each dog adoption and a $100.00 administrative fee in conjunction with each cat adoption. Any additional donation that individuals would like to give above the required administrative fee is greatly appreciated, and will help the BAAC continue its humane mission.