No one likes to think about the number of dogs and cats that have to be euthanized each year at the Humane Society of South Mississippi in Gulfport. Shelter leaders have an ambitious goal which they call Countdown to Zero. By 2015 the Humane Society wants to have a 75 percent or higher live release rate.
One of the big things needed to do this is to build a Second Chance Ward where cats or dogs that have colds or other minor ailments can be treated. Last year the shelter had to euthanize 1,800 animals that could have been saved if the Humane Society had the ability to isolate them, treat them and get them well again for adoption.
So how you can help? You can foster an animal with a minor ailment for a couple of weeks so it can be treated and then returned to the shelter for adoption until the Second Chance Ward is built. If you can afford it, make a donation. And of course, you can adopt an animal.
If the Humane Society achieves its goal, South Mississippi would be the first in the deep South and one of only a few communities in the U-S who have successfully reached a 75% or higher live release rate.
It's a worthwhile project. It will help save animals lives. Let's get behind this project and make it happen.
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