Oconee Humane Society -Animal Welfare
Serving the Clemson Area Since 1973 EIN: 460485454
Oconee Humane Society is dedicated to end pet overpopulation. In addition to our community outreach through humane education programs and our advocacy for improved animal care, we manage the Oconee county Animal Shelter’s adoption center. We have a robust volunteer program drawing a wide-range of community supporters from college students to retirees. We receive no funding from any national, state or local organization and rely on donations to continue our programs.
Providing information on the human/animal relationship and proper treatment of pets. Specific avenues include reading to animals and anti-bullying presentations. Our primary audience is school-age children within the school or library settings. We also provide stress relief and emotional support to those in assisted living or nursing homes and college students during major exams.
Provide an avenue for people to based on their schedule and needs spend time with a dog or cat. We are able to educate new volunteers on the pet overpopulation problem and then allow them to see it first hand. The benefits of this realization is priceless to our mission. The benefits for the volunteers and pets through their interaction is equally vital. Our primary volunteer pool is college students and retirees.
Oconee Humane Society funds low-cost spay neuter vouchers for people to purchase and then redeem at one of six local vet offices.
Randy Van Surdam -President
The owner of Van Surdam Vinatage Aircraft based at Oconee County Airport since 2001, Randy began actively supporting Oconee Humane Society in 2003 with the first Aircraft for Animals Fly In. The aircraft-centric fundraiser brought awareness to the needs of homeless pets. A year later, Randy officially joined the OHS Board of Directors and was elected president in 2010.
He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Clemson (1978), and an Associate of Aircraft Maintenance from Greenville Tech (1991). He worked at BASF for five years as a design engineer and moved on to Duke Power’s Oconee Nuclear Station as a maintenance engineer for 18 years. He resides on Funny Duck Farm which currently has 10 dogs, two horses, a donkey and numerous wildlife animals.
Janet Barwick -Vice President
Janet moved to Oconee County in 2007 and began volunteering with the Humane Society when its current site opened in November 2008. She became a member of the Board in 2011 and started serving as Vice President in 2015. She also chairs several committees of OHS.
Before moving to Seneca, Janet served on the Boards of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Atlanta and Atlanta German Shepherd Dog Rescue plus she was a founding director of the Georgia Coalition of Dog Clubs. She has been actively involved with dogs since 1967.
Treasurer -Carole Ritter
The longest serving member of the Oconee Humane Society Board of Directors, Carole began working with the organization shortly after it was originally incorporated in 1973. She served as the Membership Chair in the early 70s then became Treasurer in the mid-late 80’s.
Personally, Carole graduated from Emory University in Nursing in 1969 and then worked in Atlanta for 4 years. She returned home to Seneca where she was married in 1973 and began a 35-year career in Public Health at DHEC. She retired in 2009 and considers the OHS board treasurer position her primary job.
Dan Schmiedt -Secretary
Dan is the Executive Director of Network Services and Telecommunications at Clemson University and is also a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He has served on the OHS board since 2009 and in the Secretary position since 2011. He lives in Westminster with his two rescued dogs, Penny and MJ.
Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals through humane education, low-cost spay neuter programs and by managing an abandon pet adoption center.