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HSSM one step closer to agreement with Gulfport

Stray animals in Gulfport may soon be housed at the Humane Society of South Mississippi again. (Photo source: WLOX) Stray animals in Gulfport may soon be housed at the Humane Society of South Mississippi again. (Photo source: WLOX)
Executive Director of the Humane Society, Tara High, talks about the new contract. (Photo Source: WLOX) Executive Director of the Humane Society, Tara High, talks about the new contract. (Photo Source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Stray animals in Gulfport may soon be housed at the Humane Society of South Mississippi again. The Humane Society Executive Director, Tara High, says she is confident they are on the same page with the city now.

"It's been a long haul or it has felt that way, but it's coming together beautifully. I think the end result is going to be that the community will be better served than what we were able to do before," said High.

For the past four months, the Gulfport Police Department has been running their own animal shelter after not being able to see eye to eye with the Humane Society of South Mississippi. During that time, the Humane Society has had a lot of empty beds.

"Our intake has dropped significantly, but we have been able to provide a little bit longer better quality care to the animals that have been here," said High.

In an effort to join forces once again, the city and the Humane Society have been working on a contract. One, High says she's happy with and confident will be approved soon.

"We're kind of massaging the language a bit so we've been talking back and forth getting it so that it's working well for everybody involved," said High.

While details of the contract are limited at this time, High tells us it is a three year agreement instead of the historical year to year contract they usually make with the city.

"Once we get the contract all nailed down, then our organization and the city will come together and share some really exciting news," said High.

As for what the big news might be, High is keeping quiet about those details for now. As soon as the contract is signed, the Humane Society will start working on when they will begin taking stray pets from the city of Gulfport again.

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