JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Unwanted dogs and cats in Jackson County eager to find a permanent home got lots of love Saturday. The Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets teamed up with the local shelter to raise money to care for the animals.
Kit Kat, the fluffy feline, is one of nearly 200 unwanted pets staying at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know what to do with their animals, and they drop them off regularly. We have people that bring in an animal that they saw someone stop and throw the animal outside the car, and the animals don't know where to go or what to do," Shelter Director Diane Robinson said.
While Robinson and her staff work to find the cats and dogs new homes, lots of time and money are being spent giving the animals TLC.
"The animals need every day. They get daily care. They get food and water," said Robinson.
To help fulfill that constant need, Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets raised money Saturday by selling just about anything you could imagine at a flea market outside of the shelter.
Although it was pretty cold outside, many of the customers and animal lovers didn't let the chill keep them from coming out and getting some good deals
"I got a dollar fish with a 50 cent story. It is from Jamaica. You know, it is all about the story," a customer said.
"I got my sister a vacuum cleaner and my daddy a tray," another customer said.
"We have sold everything from baby stuff to clothes to aquariums to exercise equipment, trees," said volunteer Judy Parsley.
She was very pleased with today's turnout. She said events like this not only help put extra money into the shelter, it also shines a light on the furry friends looking for a permanent families.
"We are a group of volunteers, and nobody gets paid in this group. Everybody has a heart for saving animals and go to good adoptable homes," said Parsley.
Nearly $1,100 were raised today. A truckload of supplies were also donated to the shelter.