Jackson County dogs will get new homes

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - This was a significant morning for 19 dogs housed at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.  At 9:30 this morning, they were being taken from South Mississippi to Tennessee.  From there, dog owners along the east coast are expected to adopt these animals.

A news release from Jackson County says finding permanent homes for the Jackson County dogs is the responsibility of a group called Companion Pet Rescue.

That organization's website says Companion Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) program based on a shelterless rescue plan.  The pets it takes from places like the Jackson County Animal Shelter are kept in foster homes until a permanent home is found.  That way, the Tennessee based group can help people find a pet that is just perfect for their home.

Bringing Companion Pet Rescue to the coast is made possible through a joint effort of Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter and the Shelter staff. Other partners are Bienville Animal Clinic and the residents who graciously volunteered to foster the animals.

The Friends and Shelter are hopeful that this will be an on-going partnership with Companion Pet Rescue who according to their website http://tnpetrescue.com/ places the animals with families in the New England area.

The dogs range in age from 6 months to 5 years and are mixed breeds, both small and large. Prior to being selected, they all had to be tested for heartworms and receive other vaccinations. All of the dogs were temporarily placed in foster homes for the past week or two until their big day.

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