Legacy Humane Society was started in 2008 by Molly Peterson (President), Kevyn McGee (Member Services), Tiara Mason (Secretary), Eric Peterson (Webmaster) and Lisa Weinstein (Treasurer) under the name Collin County Humane Society. Just a hand full of volunteers with a dream and some big plans! Our first year we adopted 563 dogs/puppies and grew to a program with over 80 foster homes and 100+ volunteers. With the exponential growth of the organization, the name was changed in Aug 2014 to Legacy Humane Society to serve a broader community of pets in need. The purpose of Legacy Humane Society is to help unwanted, abandoned or injured pets in need of forever homes. We take them from euthanasia lists from shelters all over Texas and beyond and bring them into our homes. Once they are in foster care they get the medical attention they need and are housed in foster care until they are adopted.
In 2012 LHS purchased a 4,000 sq ft property on 2 acres in Wylie, TX. Currently the property is used for events and storage while we work toward capital funding to build the kennels, vet suite and more. Click HERE for details about the plans for the property and financial needs for upcoming building plans. We plan to build onto the location with three phases of construction starting with the dog kennels to the north of the property. The next phase will be the play yards, parking, cat room. The lobby and vet suite will be the last phase for project completion. Opening day is dependent upon donations and funding. Help spread the word or become a sponsor today!
Also in 2012, Legacy Humane Society entered into a contract of privatization with the city of Rockwall to take over management of their animal shelter. The main purpose of this branch of our organization is to serve as animal control for the city of Rockwall and Heath. We take in stray and owner surrendered pets from our jurisdictional area and house them until their stray hold expires and or they are adopted or reclaimed by their owners. We have a vet on staff who performs all spay/neuter, heartworm/FIV/LUK testing and other misc surgeries (including but not limited to cherry eye, leg amputations, hernia repairs, and more. All dogs in our program receive monthly heartworm preventative while here and any heartworm positive dogs are treated by a local 501c3 organization called Rockwall Paws.
The building it’s self, now called Rockwall Adoption Center to help differentiate between the two branches off LHS, was established in 2007 and city counsel ruled the facility “no-kill” (which means 90% or better live outcome) in 2011. Upon arriving at the facility, the LHS team lead by Executive Director, Molly Peterson, made a number of changes to help improve the quality of life and disease control for the health and well being of the animals. The first change was to turf the play yards to help with sanitation between dogs having daily outdoor play time. The next step was to window tint the viewing hallway so that the public can see in but the animals cannot see out. This helps decrease stress in the kennel environment; whereby, decreasing change of compromised immune systems. Bleach buckets were placed by all kennel accessed doorways and all staff and leashes were sprayed with non toxic cleaner (Rocal-D) between usage to prevent the spread of disease. Many other changes were made around the facility over the years that have followed. All the while maintaining a 90% or better live outcome with the help from rescues and adopters working together to help give these deserving fur kids a 2nd chance at life.
Over the years Legacy Humane Society and the Rockwall Adoption Center have saved over 12,500 animals and found them forever homes or rescues to take them into their adoption programs. We couldn’t do what we do without the support from the community we service. We thank you for your support and look forward to another decade helping care for animals in need of our services and care.