Humane Society of Young County
Humane Society of Young County

Our Staff

 Meet the Director 


My involvement with the Humane Society of Young County started at a young age when I drew pictures and sold them to my family for money to donate to the shelter. I grew up helping my family members pick up strays and helping find them homes or bringing them to the shelter. 

As I got older, I started in 4-H and found the dog club where I worked fundraisers and presented programs to other clubs in the community to bring awareness about the shelter, adoption, and the issue of overpopulation. In high school, I joined the HSYC Board of Directors and became the secretary for the Board. 

I have been a kennel tech, worked in the cat rooms, and more recently was employed at HSYC as the office manager. I've also assisted the HSYC with puppy mill busts and abuse cases and testified in court on behalf of the community's abused and neglected animals.

My background with dogs includes training, showing, petsitting, and grooming. I began my formal training in 1987 and I still attend seminars and trainings to keep myself current and to keep my skill set as sharp as possible. My first training experience (outside of my pretend dog shows I set up for family) was with a mixed breed named Kip, who was named High in Trial in off-lead obedience at our first State 4-H Dog Show and went on to win this honor 2 more times and was the State 4-H Trick Champion for 3 years as well. Many years ago I adopted a sheltie, Yakki, from the Wilbarger Humane Society. I trained and showed him to several AKC titles. He recieved his AKC Canine Good Citizen, Rally Novice Obedience title, and Novice Companion Dog title. So, shelter dogs are smart, mixed breed dogs are smart, and purebreds do end up in shelters. 

I began fostering dogs in my home when my daughter was 2 yrs old. I fostered for Second Time Around Aussie Rescue and Border Collie Rescue of Texas. I also conducted home visits for those rescues as well as Basenji Rescue and Transport and Sheltie Haven Rescue. My daughter was interested in fostering and got us involved with fostering for Underdog Express. At one point, Underdog Express allowed us to save roughly 75% of the dogs from our shelter and greatly reduced our euthanasia numbers for several years. We still parter with this rescue, but due to climbing numbers of unwanted animals in the shelters, they haven't been able to pull as many dogs. We are always researching more rescues to network our homeless dogs and cats.  

Large parts of my life have revolved around this shelter and I am happy to be involved in this capacity. It is my goal to have the shelter run efficiently with the animals' needs put first. I would like to see our community embrace spay and neuter, for people to get a pet only after careful thought and consideration, and always think adoption first!

As always Prevent a Litter--Spay and Neuter your pets!


Back: Richard Bone, Christine Harvill, Shelby Brogdon, Laney Widner, Alyssa Sloan and Kylie Schlabs

Front: Bailey Smith            Photo courtesy of The Graham Leader


Get to know our HSYC Staff



Bailey Smith

Intake and Behavior Specialist

Rescue Coordinator

Certified Euthanasia Tech

PETS Clinic tech

Certified Fear-Free Shelter Animal Handling

AIR Responder

Multiple Certifications from Fear-Free and Maddie's Fund

Kylie Schlabs

Kennel Tech

P.E.T.S. Surgery Recovery Tech

Certified Fear-Free Shelter Handling

Multiple Certifications from Fear-Free and Maddie's Fund


Christine Harvill


Cat Tech




Alyssa Sloan

Kennel Tech

P.E.T.S. Surgery Recovery Tech

Certified Fear-Free Shelter Handling

Multiple Certifications from Fear-Free and Maddie's Fund


                         Richard Bone


                                              General Maintenance 

                                              Mr. Fix It


Laney Widner


Kennel Tech

Office Personnel

Certified Euthanasia Tech

P.E.T.S. Clinic Tech

Certified Fear-Free Shelter Handling

Multiple Certifications from Fear-Free and Maddie's Fund


Shelby Brogdon



Certified Euthanasia Tech

P.E.T.S. Clinic Tech

Certified Fear-Free Shelter Handling

AIR Responder

FEMA Certifications

HSUS Law Enforcement Training Attendee

Multiple Certifications from Fear-Free and Maddie's Fund

Humane Society of Young County

Board of Directors

back row l to r: Chris Hunnewell, Joseph Green-Treasurer, Sterling Sanders 

front row l to r: Dana Newsom-Vice President, Amanda Schupbach- AIR Responder, HSUS Law Enforcement Training Attendee, Heather Allen-President & AIR Responder, Jennifer Spencer- Secretary, Jaclyn Burke-Fear-Free Certified in Multiple Species; Currently studying VetMed



Call or Text: 940-549-1692


Contact Us

Humane Society of Young County

120 Craig Street

Graham, TX 76450


Phone: 940-549-1692



Mailing Address:

120 Craig St.

Graham, TX  76450


Shelter Hours



Monday, Tuesday,

Thursday, Friday


  11:00 am - 5:00 pm


 Must have prior appt scheduled-no owner surrenders


Wednesday & Sunday


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