PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A volunteer with the Pearl River County SPCA has helped the shelter win $10,000. Carla Gerrard is one of five winners in the Hill's Shelter Heroes online voting contest.
In the nomination video of Gerrard, SPCA leaders said she approached the shelter in 2006 about starting a low-cost spay and neuter program in the county.
"We all looked at each other and said there's no way she's going to pull that off. Then we turned to her and said we support you 100 percent."
Fast forward nine years later, Gerrard's accomplishments have helped 30,000 animals get spayed or neutered.
"Carla started by arranging the national Big Rig Fix to come to town. When that program ended, she connected with the state group to come. Not ready to quit when that program ended, Carla then reached out to two large shelters within 50 miles of us and arranged for regular transports to take our animals to their spay and neuter clinics."
Gerrard also organized a bi-annual, low-cost rabies clinic. As the number of attendees continued to grow, she decided to add microchips and registrations. Now, the twice a year clinics also offers wellness shots. More than 400 people attended last year's clinic.
Her efforts have received state-wide recognition.
"Carla has consistently and diligently sought ways to help the animals in our county. Her contributions have made a profound difference in our small community. Her commitment is unwavering and she inspires all of us to do our best."