Jackson County encourages you to adopt a pet for the new year

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - If you are looking to begin the new year with a new pet, Jackson County's shelter has a lot of unwanted cats or dogs from across the community desperately in need of a home.

Inside its cages are cats and dogs with no place to call home. "That is a constant thing year around. Unfortunately, we get a lot of strays come,"  director Bill Richmond said.  Richmond is pleased to see the pet adoption increase for the holidays, but he says it is still not enough.  "It is a never ending battle to get the animals out of here," said Richmond.

Right now, there are more than 120 cats and dogs at the shelter, and by adopting the animals you're helping save their lives.

"Thanks to our rescue groups and employees here, we have greatly reduced the euthanasia's we had to do for our adoptable pets, but it still happens. We unfortunately have no choice because we only have so much room," Richmond said.

Richmond said when you invest in a shelter pet you're getting a very friendly and caring four legged friend.  "You get a good pet at a reasonable price and that has had all their shots, the whole nine yards. They are very anxious to have a new home.  We can't pick our relatives, but we can pick our pet," Richmond said.

One couple bought this puppy as an anniversary gift to each other. They say it is one of the best decisions they have made. "We hate to see any pet put down. We just came in, she adopted us, and she locked eyes with us," the animal lovers said.

The couple hopes more animal lovers will provide a new home in the new year for these unwanted pets.  "They have a lot love in them and they share that with us. They are more of a blessing to us than we are to them," one animal lover said.

For more information, call the Jackson County Animal Shelter at (228) 497-6350. The shelter charges $50 to adopt a pet. 

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