HSSM receives grant from Rachael Ray, Best Friends Animal Society

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The Humane Society of South Mississippi is thrilled to have received a Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help sustain no-kill and further increase lifesaving in South Mississippi.

“Even as a no-kill animal shelter, our work to help vulnerable pets is never done,” said Lori West, Humane Society of South Mississippi CEO. “Animal abandonment is an issue we face daily, and we have already taken in nearly 500 animals since the beginning of the year. This grant allows us to focus on expanding our mission and doing everything in our power to help keep pets and families together.

“With the current state of animal welfare being dependent on the community, we believe it is crucial to broaden our pet retention programs and embrace the ‘Pets for Life’ philosophy while providing much needed resources such as free vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, microchipping, pet food, pet supplies, proper pet housing to assist pet parents in need. We also go as far to assist with fencing and pet deposits to those that are struggling to keep their pets due to financial hardships. We are truly grateful for the support of Best Friends Animal Society to continue our ongoing life saving work.”

Humane Society of South Mississippi is an active partner in Best Friends Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities.

“When you choose to adopt your next pet and member of the family, you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” said West.

The Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grants is a grant program, administered by Best Friends and funded by The Rachael Ray Foundation™, that provides grants to shelters to celebrate and help sustain organizations in no-kill communities. The Rachael Ray Foundation helps animals in need and is funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachael’s pet food, Nutrish®.

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