Jackson Co. Plans for Potential New Animal Shelter

Jackson County has approved up to $15,000 to determine if they need a new animal shelter. The current facility is decades old and has 165 kennels.

Currently, there are 206 animals at the shelter, and officials say there have been as many as 245 at one time. Animal shelter representatives tell News 25 they need a more spacious facility with larger kennels that’s more adoption friendly. The feasibility study will determine if a new facility needs to be built and how much it would cost.

Diane Robinson, Director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, says, “I think the benefits are certainly to be able to better serve the community. Is there a need? Well, that’s why we’re doing the study, so we can see exactly where we’re at, what our numbers are, what the needs are, and what the ability is for this existing facility to be able to continue to meet those needs going into the future.”

The shelter is also hosting an event called Toys for Kennels. Participants can drop off toys for dogs or cats at the facility in Gautier on Highway 90 just east of Highway 57.

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