The Vermont Humane Federation (VHF) was formed in 1990 by the merger of two humane organizations, the Vermont Humane Society, founded in the late 1800ís and the Vermont Federation of Humane Societies, which began in 1977.
The Vermont Humane Federation is a strong, unified network of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the welfare of all animals. Members meet regularly in an effort to network and discuss ideas.
The VHF continues to play an active role in promoting legislative improvement in Montpelier. The VHF supports education initiatives and works collaboratively on issues involving animal cruelty and neglect, disaster planning and ongoing issues pertaining to animal welfare.
The Vermont Humane Society (VHS) was the first humane organization in Vermont and maintained branch offices in several towns and cities. In the mid-twentieth century the VHS became inactive as individual organizations formed within the state and as its members aged.
In 1977 representatives from the various individual societies gathered and formed the Vermont Federation of Humane Societies (VFHS), primarily as a vehicle of communication, sharing ideas and solutions to common problems.
By 1990 it was apparent that the role of the VFHS needed to expand in order to enable the organization to have the legal status regarding the animal welfare laws in Vermont. VFHS had no authority to act in any capacity.
The Vermont Humane Society, though inactive, technically still existed and had authority under state law. The members of The VFHS met over a period of several months and forged a new organization by merging the VHS and the VFHS into the Vermont Humane Federation.
To learn more about our recent activities, you can download our 2012 Annual Report.
You can join the Vermont Humane Federation as an organization or as an individual. To join, download our membership form and send it in with your dues.
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