Seven dogs from the Jackson County Animal Shelter made a cross-country trip out West to dog rescues in California and Colorado. Last week’s transport was in response to an earlier visit by the nationally known animal welfare organization B.A.D.R.A.P., and the help of several animal advocate groups and individuals who made the trip possible.
Representatives of B.A.D.R.A.P. visited the shelter in May at the invite of Shelter Director Diane Robinson. The purpose of the visit was to assist with the assessment and rescue efforts of Pit Bulls that have, by court order, been under the care of the shelter staff since they were seized while being transported on I-10 in Summer 2013.
Two of the dogs were assessed as adoptable and it was recommended that the others be placed with rescues where they can try to be rehabilitated.
“I was happy they could take some of them” said Robinson who explained that “space at these type of facilities is always limited due to the high demand so we knew placing them would be difficult.”
In addition to three Pit Bulls, or “blockheads” as they’ve been called, the rescue organizations had room for four other adoptable dogs. The next step was coordinating and funding for a transport.
Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets, a local non-profit group of volunteers that assists the shelter on a regular basis with fosters and transports, raised nearly $1500 to pay for the cost of the van rental, fuel, hotel, and all vetting for the seven dogs.
“We have a dedicated support network and are excited to play a role in them getting a second chance,” says Friends Volunteer Yvonne David who, along with other Friends volunteers Carol Groen and Donna Fox, also drove the first leg of the transport.
Soul Dog Rescue out of Colorado made the second phase of the trip from Tulsa, OK to ColoRADogs Rescue in Fort Collins, CO where dogs were dropped off. From there, B.A.D.R.A.P. picked up three of them to take to their rescue in Oakland, CA.
“This was definitely a team effort and I am thankful for everyone’s part in being able to help save these lives,” say Robinson. “I also hope people will recognize how much time and money is invested in saving the lives of animals thanks to the hard work of the shelter staff, outside rescues and the generous support of outside donors. This was just seven dogs, we get hundreds in every month.”
Despite these types of efforts, the number of incoming strays and owner surrenders outweighs the demand for adoptable pets – which unfortunately means animals have to be euthanized to make room for others. The only way to prevent this from happening is to reduce the number of unwanted animals that arrive at and remain at the shelter.
There are several ways the public can help make this happen:
Spay and Neuter Your Pets!
Pet owners are strongly encouraged to spay and neuter the animals they do have. This procedure has several benefits including, and most importantly, a reduced number of unwanted animals that ultimately end up in the shelter. Spaying and neutering also helps eliminate objectionable behavior and reduces the chances of developing certain types of cancer and life-threatening infections.
Adopt from the Shelter
View adoptable animals at www.co.jackson.ms.us and click “Pet Picks” or come meet them in person. The $50 adoption fee includes:
•Spay or neutering
•Certificate of examination from J.C. Veterinary Society
Make the Shelter a Last Resort for Owner Surrenders & Be Prepared when Adopting
•Look for other humane alternatives for an unwanted animals or animals that cannot be kept for one reason or another – ask friends if they know anyone willing to take the animal, advertise in local papers, via social media, etc.
•Always screen individuals you are re-homing your animal with to ensure a safe and humane home will be provided.
•Before adopting be sure to do some research on the breed of dog you want to adopt so you know what to expect – raising and training a puppy takes work.
Foster an Animal Waiting for Transport to Other Areas of the Country
This service is currently done through local rescue groups who are often in need foster homes for animals they have pulled from the JCAS while they await a transport to other areas. Those interested in fostering with a rescue group can contact the animal shelter at 228-497-6350.
Make a Donation of Supplies
Some of the basic needs of the shelter include: puppy and kitten food, cat litter and small cat litter trays, puppy pads, old blankets/towels, bleach, laundry detergent, stainless steel bowls. Supplies can be dropped off at the shelter during regular business hours.