Local animal rescue begins constructing dog paradise

A local animal rescue organization is turning an old farm ground into an animal sanctuary in Harrison County.

Turning a 20-acre parcel of land into the ideal pet paradise could be rough, but the team at Animal A.I.D. of Mississippi is attempting to do the impossible.

Animal A.I.D is a non-profit 501 rescue for neglected and abused dogs and cats with plans to build the first animal sanctuary in Pass Christian.  4-Paws Farm Animal Aid of Mississippi Director Lyn Powers said, “We are currently under construction which is very exciting, which means we’ve raised enough money to purchase the materials. Everyone knows how expensive materials are nowadays.”

The first task on the list is to complete construction on the 31,000 square foot dog play yard. “We’re gonna have some interactive things for the dogs to do, an airstream trailer to hangout in, a dog pool that they can romp in in the summer which will be great.”

After completing the yard, the team will reconstruct the three buildings already on site. The organization will turn the barn into dog runs, the house into a care-taking facility, and the multi-purpose building into a loving room where potential adopters can meet potential adoptees. “As you can imagine, we need a lot of funds to finish the other projects. We are also working with the county permit office to get everything up and running.”

The team has currently raised $63,000 and is hoping to raise $170,000 to complete the project. “We would like to be able to give the opportunity to bring dogs here from the animal shelters that need a little extra time, a little extra space and a little extra exercise sometimes.”

To donate or adopt, visit animalaidms.org.

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