History of the Middleburg Humane Foundation
In December 1987, MHF Founder Hilleary Bogley opened Scruffy's Ice Cream Parlor in Middleburg, Virginia to gain community support for a shelter and to raise money to start the Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF). Scruffy's Strays operated through the ice cream parlor and needy animals were cared for in foster homes. The parlor raised community awareness and support, bringing many concerned people, volunteers, and community leaders together. In 1994, MHF moved into its current location and became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
MHF receives no federal, state or county funding and relies entirely on the generosity of private donors and sponsors. MHF also operates a grooming salon at our shelter in Marshall in addition to a Thrift Shop in the town of Marshall. The shop, which opened in 1997, is run entirely by a select group of hardworking and devoted volunteers, enabling MHF to receive 100% of the proceeds from sales.
For nearly five years, the MHF Board of Directors has been working with the Fauquier County to build a new, state-of-the-art equine rehabilitation and animal rescue facility on a 23-acre parcel of land on the western side of Marshall, just two miles from our Whiting Rd. location.
Construction of the equine barn, facility storage enclosures is complete, and the main facility was completed on September 10, 2019 and the facility was opened to our animals on September 24, 2019. Our Grand Opening of the new facility was on October 27, 2019.