About 30 Jackson County residents gathered in Ocean Springs Sunday afternoon to discuss the problems at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.
The two women leading the meeting have levied accusations of animal cruelty that prompted an investigation by the U.S. Humane Society.
Shelter Director Chris Eger resigned last week even after county leaders said there was no proof of any wrongdoing.
The purpose of the meeting was for people to exchange ideas about how to improve conditions at the shelter.
"The purpose is basically to get the citizens of this county together and try to formulate some ideas, draw ideas from everybody in the community of the direction and the changes that we would like to make," Kelly Williams said.
"Our goals are to get a director in there that is qualified, that is, has some background in the work that they're going to be doing as director," Rachel Newman said.
People at the meeting said in the past, volunteers didn't feel welcomed at the shelter. They also said they're interested in finding a more humane way to euthanize animals besides the current gas chamber method.