Friday, August 1, 2008
Deep South Shelter by the Numbers
The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) took in 1,734 pets in June, euthanizing 70% of them at their facility designed to hold about 300 animals. In 2007, they took in 16,044 pets (average of 1337 per month) and were able to adopt (or transport out for adoption) 38%
of them. The shelter reports that only 3% of adult cats are adopted and that few strays (16%) are ever claimed by owners. They currently offer low cost spay-neuter ($35 per their website)
and low cost/free microchipping ($20 regularly with free chip clinics held on designated dates) but the services are apparently underutilized. HSSM would like to change that by engaging local partners in an effort to become a no kill community and to establish a transport program to get pets to and from the spay-neuter clinic.
I would love to see a committed no kill community established in the South. I hope HSSM can achieve their goals.