About Us

The Humane Society of Middletown was founded in 1959 by a handful of people with big hearts and small purses.  We are a privately run animal shelter that is funded through the generosity of our supporters and not the Humane Society of the United States.
The shelter is going through momentous changes!  We are now a low/no kill facility; no longer will animals be killed simply to make room for new ones.  Our dedicated staff works hard every day to ensure that the animals in our care receive the best care that we can afford.  We have improved each and every animal’s nutritional and medical needs.  Socialization has become another primary goal, so we now have dog walkers and are providing educational opportunities for those who work with our animals.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Humane Society of Middletown is to make possible, during their transitional period, a better world for the animals in our charge by providing compassion, food, medical care and shelter.  In addition, we are dedicated to educating the community about humane care, promoting the human-animal bond and encouraging adoption.

  • Maintain 0% euthanasia for all adoptable animals.
  • Improve the health of our animals through proper nutrition and medical services.
  • Enlarge our foster home program to alleviate overcrowding and to provide needed special care as well as socialization which will improve the retention rate of adoptions.
  • Increase volunteerism and, thereby, promote proper animal care as well as improving the lives of the animals in our care.
  • Increase awareness for TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) programs for feral cats.
  • Increase substantially the amount of income derived from donations and endowments.
  • Create improved partnerships with area municipalities, businesses as well as area shelters/sanctuaries.
  • Improve upon our post adoption services to increase the retention rate of adoptions

If you have a missing pet or have found a lost dog, please call the local animal control officer or police department for the area the animal was found in! Here are some that are local to our shelter:

City of Middletown: (845) 346-4031

Town of Minisink: (845) 726-3879

Town of Wallkill: (845) 692-7838

For cruelty complaints, please call the organization for the county the animal is in:

Orange County: Hudson Valley SPCA (855) 448-2548

Sullivan County: Sullivan County SPCA 796-3120 opt. 3

Ulster County: Ulster County SPCA 331-5377 ext. 212

Pike County: Pike County Humane Society (570) 296-7654

Dutchess County: Dutchess County SPCA 452-772 ext. 4

Our Staff

Maureen Hogan – Shelter Manager

Marge – Weekend Manager

Diana- Euthanasia Technician, Kennel Staff

Betty- Financial Advisor

Jamie- Animal Welfare Manager

Kymm- Kennel Staff

Kristine-Kennel Staff

Christine- Kennel Staff

Emil- Kennel Staff

Melody- Kennel Staff

Glen- Canine Physical Activity Specialist

Jennifer Carley- Membership Coordinator

Debbie- Honorary Staff Member


Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a group of people dedicated to animal welfare.  The position is an unpaid one that requires a can-do attitude and enthusiasm.  The Board focuses on setting policy, fundraising and overseeing the financial well-being of the shelter.

The most important role that the Board is working on currently is fundraising.  Have an idea that you’d like to initiate and volunteer to put into action?

Call the shelter at (845) 361-1861

Board of Directors
Marlene K. Freehill – President

Roberta Smith – Vice President and Treasurer

Carol M. Lustyik – Corresponding Secretary

Susan M. Thompson – Recording Secretary

Susan I. Wegner

Jan Bennett

Susan Corbertt

Christine Arlt

Honorary Board Members

N. Charles Schwabacher

Fred and Katie Hopper

Rebecca Lawson

Nina Neighmond

Jo Martin

Kimberly M. Vestea

Arthur and Victoria Casey