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Public adoptions begin Tuesday for seized animals

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – The cages are being cleaned and cleared away this week, as more animals leave the temporary shelter at the Harrison County Farm.  Twenty-two dogs are the only ones left.

The dogs were among 300 animals that were seized from the South Mississippi Animal Rescue Team and Refuge nearly two weeks ago.  The others, 271 dogs and cats, have been either adopted or transported to shelters across the country.

"These 22 could not fit on the transport trucks.  But it almost worked out well, because we've had so many calls from people wanting to adopt the animals.  Here's your chance," said Jode Braxton-Hignight, Development Director for the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

The dogs will be available for public adoption on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are mainly large dogs and are considered 'special needs."  Some have skin conditions, others are malnourished.  And then there are those that just need a little TLC.

"With a little love and affection, oh my gosh, I can just imagine how excited that little tail will be," said Hignight as she played with a dark brown lab.

Humane Society leaders say the dogs have been through enough.

"They were on a side of a dirt pit, in rusty cages, not knowing the last time they had medical treatment," said Hignight.  "There's such a sense of relief, knowing that these animals are going to have a much better quality of life than what they had two weeks ago."

The organization is asking families to open up their hearts and welcome the dogs into their homes.

"Hopefully, we'll have those success stories completed and have some closure when all of their adoptable families start sending pictures to us saying 'Thank you. Thank you for helping Fido.  He's now a happy member of our family and the children love him.'"

The dog adoption runs Tuesday and Wednesday from noon until 7:00 PM, and Thursday from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  It'll take place at the Humane Society shelter on Highway 49 in Gulfport. 

There is a $60 fee which covers vaccinations, rabies shots, and a medical exam.  The adopted animals will be spayed or neutered and micro chipped before they go to their new homes.

Over the weekend, more than 100 animals were taken in by several groups:  Dublin Laurens Humane Society of Dublin, Georgia, the Waveland Animal Shelter, and the Community Animal Rescue Association of Jackson, MS.

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