Team Cat VS Team Dog
January 25, 2013– No matter who you favor to win the Big Game, everyone wins with the Humane Society of South Mississippi’s latest adoption special. The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) will be keeping score from now until February 4 during the shelter’s “Super Adoption Showdown,” in honor of the upcoming Big Game. HSSM is offering $11 adoption fees for all available medium and large-size dogs* and any available cats through Monday, February 4.
“Everyone is excited for the big matchup in New Orleans,” said Tara High, HSSM Executive Director, “So HSSM wanted to share in the excitement and spread the love to help some of our neediest residents find loving forever homes—with a little competitive twist.”
HSSM will be keeping score to see which species gets adopted most frequently now through the end of the special on February 4, pitting dog lovers against cat lovers in a friendly lifesaving competition. The prize that will go to the winner is bragging rights and more lives saved. HSSM is asking community members to be part of the Super Adoption Showdown by choosing a team and displaying that team as their facebook profile picture. Profile pictures can be found at www.facebook.com/MyHSSM.
This interactive adoption special is aimed at helping HSSM reduce the number of animals currently housed in the shelter. HSSM is currently housing 90 medium and large-size dogs and nearly 60 cats that are looking for loving forever homes. This number means that space generally reserved for stray animals is filled with adoptable pets, making the incidence of illness rise due to crowded conditions.
HSSM has lowered the adoption fee of any available cat and medium or large dog* to just $11 from now until Monday, February 4 in honor of the Big Game. The 11 honors the legal number of players on a football team–a fitting fee for such a promotion.
HSSM has often seen success in adoption promotions like “Adopt a Big Dog for the Big Game,” which engages the public in an event that is already going on. HSSM hopes to adopt out at least 100 dogs and cats through this promotion.
HSSM continues to include specials and events promoting adoption of harder-to-adopt pets in an effort to reach the Countdown to Zero goal of eliminating euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in this community by 2015. During 2012, no healthy, adoptable pet was euthanized for lack of space thanks to innovative programs and promotions like this one.
About the Humane Society of South Mississippi
Founded in 1952, the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Gulfport, Mississippi and cares for nearly 11,000 homeless animals each year. HSSM provides adoptions, return-to-owner services, and high quality, low cost spay/neuter services to the public as well as serving as Harrison County’s sole animal sheltering facility. HSSM depends on the support of community members to provide its high level of services. HSSM is currently working towards its Countdown to Zero goal to eliminate the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in our community by 2015 through high-impact, targeted programs such as adoptions (aimed at high-risk populations), spay/neuter (particularly of feral and free roaming “Community Cats”), an aggressive pet identification campaign (entitled “Tag ‘Em! South Mississippi”), and its efforts to expand isolation space for animals with highly contagious, but easily treatable illness (with a hospital-style building called the Second Chance Ward).