Jackson County cities reduce funding to animal shelter

Jackson County cities reduce funding to animal shelter

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be receiving less money from cities in the county but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The shelter won’t be getting as much money from cities as it did in the past because the county and those cities have worked on interlocal agreement to share resources and be more efficient with operations.

In the past, cities gave as much as $10,000 a year to the county for the shelter. Now, each city will contribute $500 and the county will pick up the difference instead.

The Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen met Wednesday in a special meeting Wednesday night to authorize the interlocal agreement. They are not the only city making this move.

Animal control officers in each city will still operate as usual, with stray animals being taken to the shelter to be cared for and adopted out. County officials say the goal is to cut down the financial burden for each city, calling it a win-win for everyone involved.

In the next few months, construction will being on a new adoption center at the shelter, which will give it more kennels to house more animals.

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