Local animal shelters facing over-capacity crisis

Our local animal shelters need help as they now face an over-capacity crisis due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

As more people are staying home, less animals are getting adopted out while high amounts of animals, especially large dogs, continue to come through shelter doors, including critical cases, surrenders, and strays.

So, in an effort to prevent more overcrowding, if the shelter must close their doors to the public, the Humane Society of South Mississippi is now urging residents to adopt, foster, or donate. Katie King with the Humane Society of South Mississippi said, “This is going to cause a major overcrowding crisis. Right now we’re already seeing it with our large dogs. We’re calling it a large dog capacity crisis, which is why we’re putting out an emergency plea for foster parents for large dogs. We’re also hosting an adoption special for large dogs, offering $7 adoptions for dogs 35lbs and over, located in red, blue, and yellow pods.”

The Humane Society is limiting their hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a pet, they ask everyone to schedule an appointment.

More information on how to do so can be found on their Facebook page.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter is still holding regular business hours, but are limiting the number of people inside the shelter at this time. They’re currently in desperate need of any donations of dog and cat food.

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