Jackson County Animal Shelter at max capacity, needing adoptions

Jackson County Animal Shelter at max capacity, needing adoptions
By state law, shelters are required to hold stray animals for 30 days. After that time, they do what they can to accommodate each animal comfortably. (Photo source: WLOX)
By state law, shelters are required to hold stray animals for 30 days. After that time, they do what they can to accommodate each animal comfortably. (Photo source: WLOX)
If you have any questions regarding adoptions, you're asked to call the Jackson Co. Animal Shelter at (228) 497-6350. (Photo source: WLOX)
If you have any questions regarding adoptions, you're asked to call the Jackson Co. Animal Shelter at (228) 497-6350. (Photo source: WLOX)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - There are a few new four legged friends at Jackson County's Animal Shelter that need a new home or pasture. Space at the shelter is at its maximum capacity, and shelter officials need your help in giving these animals a new home.

Shelter Director Diane Robinson says recent adoption numbers have been great, but there are still animals being brought in and surrendered, and that means less space for animals both large and small.

"We do what we can with moving the animals around and getting them rotated through pasture time and all that," Robinson said.

Robinson says by state law, they are required to hold stray animals for 30 days. After that time, they do what they can to accommodate each animal comfortably.

"We do work with rescues and some of our rescue partners actually do transfer. So we got with HSSM at one point and they transferred some animals to Florida," Robinson said. "You know, we certainly do as much as we can to get these animals. If they can't be adopted out in this community, then we get them out to other communities where they can find their forever home."

Robinson says adding additional space to the shelter is an option.

"We're in the process of a feasibility study. Looking at the space that we currently have and looking at options for being able to put up a new building to get better facilities for both the larger and smaller animals," says Robinson.

She says in the meantime, adoptions are needed to give these animals good homes.

"Animals that come into the shelter deserve an opportunity to find their forever families. They're really good animals. They're really loving and rescue animals are really appreciative of what they get."

If you have any questions regarding adoptions, you're asked to call the animal shelter at (228) 497-6350.

There will be an adoption event held in Ocean Springs, Saturday, Jan. 17 by Red Lilly Spa.

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