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Free pet vaccinations provided to low income families

The event was made possible by a $25,000 grant. (Photo source: WLOX) The event was made possible by a $25,000 grant. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

The Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter rescue organization spent the day helping man's best friend.

Volunteers hosted Paws Up Mississippi in Ocean Springs, which offered dog free vaccines to low income families. Organizers say the event is a way to help the community, as well as their furry little friends. 

Shawn Blanchard and his family were able to have all five of their dogs vaccinated and microchipped at no cost. 

"A lot of dogs need it, and the people can't afford it," said Blanchard. 

A $25,000 grant from the Jack A. and Gertrude W. Wilson Animal Welfare Fund Gulf Coast Community Foundation made the free event possible. The group was able to provide vaccinations and microchips for 425 dogs.

Following a successful day, leaders are hopeful the buck won't stop there. 

"Hopefully in the future we can get grants to spay and neuter and, you know, help reduce the pet overpopulation in this area," said Tammy Harris. 

Paw Up Mississippi plans to host a Vancleave event in August. For requirements and what to bring, visit the Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets Facebook page

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