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George County Animal Shelter asking for community help

Since it is a no kill shelter, some dogs are there for months if not a year before they get adopted, leaving few openings for surrenders and strays. (Image Source: WLOX News) Since it is a no kill shelter, some dogs are there for months if not a year before they get adopted, leaving few openings for surrenders and strays. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Green hopes that more people in the community will step up to help the shelter in whatever ways they can. (Image Source: WLOX News) Green hopes that more people in the community will step up to help the shelter in whatever ways they can. (Image Source: WLOX News)
LUCEDALE, MS (WLOX) -

The George County Animal Shelter is in the middle of a crisis. With no more space for animals, and barely enough funds to cover their operating costs, staff members are pleading for help.

According to Assistant Director, Angie Green, Dixie Adoptables is the only shelter in the area.

“We also take in animals from George County, which we have no funding coming in from George County. We take in animals from Greene County. We have no funding coming in from Greene County,” said Green.

Since the George County facility is a no-kill shelter, some animals are there for months - if not a year - before they get adopted. The extended stays leave few openings for surrenders and strays.

“If we had more fosters to take some of our puppies and foster....that would create space,” said Green.

Saturday night, 34 dogs were transported out of the George County animal shelter. Three days later, the shelter was back at capacity.

Green believes the shelter is running out of space and money.

"Every animal we bring in, we're putting over $100 into that animal to get them to where they're adoptable," said Green. "Nothing leaves our shelter without being spayed, neutered, micro-chipped, and fully vaccinated." 

Green hopes that more people in the community will step up to help the shelter in whatever ways they can.

“We need help here: Financially, people coming in and volunteering their time, fosters. In all aspects, we need help here," said Green. 

WLOX News Now reached out to George County's comptroller, who says they write a $2,500 check to the City of Lucedale for the shelter every year.

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