The HHHA was incorporated in 1976 with a sheltering capacity  of 29 dogs and 15 cats. Today, more than 2500 animals are helped yearly, with all necessary medical care provided. In 1994, the HHHA began a feral cat program of trapping, inoculating, neutering and releasing feral cats at no charge to businesses and residents. In 2010, a no-cost spay/neuter for low-income residents was started along with a community assistance program to help  people avoid relinquishing their animals. SNAC, the first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in a ten county area of South Carolina and Georgia, became part of the HHHA in 2011. In 2019, the HHHA and Beaufort County Animal Services opened a state-of-the-art 21,000 square-foot Animal Campus in Okatie. The new Animal Campus houses the HHHA’s Spay/Neuter Clinic, a second HHHA Adoption Center, and BCAS’s complete operational facility, making this campus a symbol of the largest public-private partnership in Beaufort County’s history.

The HHHA is a no-kill shelter and is committed to eliminating euthanasia of all healthy and treatable animals by reducing the number of animals reproduced or relinquished. All shelter animals are spayed or neutered before adoption and no-cost spay/neuters are performed at the shelter for eligible residents. To lower the number of animals relinquished, counseling and aid are available to help people keep their animals. Animals are taken from overcrowded shelters to save them from euthanasia.

At the shelter, animals receive expert medical treatment, exercise, and loving care. Lost animals are cared for until reclaimed by guardians. An adoption team matches adopters with animals to fit their life styles. As the HHHA is committed to its shelter animals for life, if circumstances arise that require return of an animal it is welcomed back.

All shelter animals receive microchips and, as a service to all residents with companion animals, microchips are available at reduced prices. In addition, an education and outreach program exists with visits to retirement and life-care homes. Humane education talks are provided to schools, summer camps, clubs and civic organizations.

The HHHA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization funded entirely by private donations, bequests, membership dues, and fundraising. No funding is received from any government agency or humane organization. The staunch support of the community makes the success of the HHHA possible.

In 2006, the HHHA was voted “Favorite Charitable Organization” by readers of “Hilton Head Monthly”. In 2005, ’08, ’09, ’10 and 2011, the HHHA  received the “Readers Choice Award as Best Nonprofit Organization” by readers of The Island Packet. Chosen by the Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Organization of the Year, 2011. Come visit us at 10 Humane Way!