JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Overcrowding continues to be a massive problem at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. The Shelter's Director said there are now more than 200 unwanted animals at the facility that need to be adopted. If the number keeps rising, more pets could be put down.
Inside the cages at the Jackson County Animal Shelter are hundreds of homeless animals. In fact, animal shelter Director Diane Robinson said the facility is overflowing with dogs and cats.
"It is hard. It is really hard for animals to be in this environment. They don't know why they are here," Robinson said.
One reason for the overcrowding problem is during this time of year the animal population swells.
"It really happens a lot in the summer time because it is puppy-kitten season. So, all the animals are coming into heat, they are reproducing and we are getting a lot of stray animals," Robinson said.
Robinson is now calling on South Mississippians to adopt the cats and dogs and help prevent them from being euthanized.
"It is our last choice to do that, especially healthy adoptable animals. There is always going to be a certain amount of animals that are sick, are not safe to be out in the public, but if we have healthy, adoptable animals we want to get them in good forever homes," Robinson said.
The Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets group has also been helping save these animals' lives. Just last week, they arranged for more than 20 dogs to be adopted up North. Monday, they donated a truckload of food and supplies. The group has partnered with several Ocean Springs businesses to collect more than $2,000 worth of items.
"We want to make sure the animals are taken care of," said one volunteer.
Robinson and these volunteers say they'll just have to keep doing all they can to find the homeless animals that same kind of love in a permanent home.
"They are the most loving animals and we just need the community to step up," volunteer Carol Groen said.
For more information on adoption, please call the Jackson County Animal Shelter at (228) 497-6350.