May 17, 2013 – The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) will be taking in an undetermined number of animals who are living in desperate circumstances Monday, but currently lacks the space to house them. HSSM’s flex-space is currently housing more than 50 cats and kittens that need foster or permanent homes. This space will be needed on Monday to house incoming animals from a desperate emergency rescue. Details on the upcoming rescue have not yet been determined but will be released as they become available.
“Here at HSSM and in animal shelters across the nation, we are in the midst of what we call Kitten Season,” said Tara High, HSSM Executive Director, “This means we have a ton of kittens in our care that are all near the same age—some are old enough to be adopted and some are just slightly too young. But now we are adding this emergency situation on top of Kitten Season and we desperately need help from our community to save every life possible at this time.”
HSSM’s flex space is usually filled with tables and chairs used to host Board Meetings and staff training, but for the past few weeks it has been filled instead with kennels full of cats and kittens. Currently, the space is home to 12 kittens in need of adoptive homes, as well as 45 kittens and their mothers who need temporary foster homes until the kittens are old enough to be adopted.
The flex space needs to be cleared by Monday in order to make space for an undetermined number of animals that will be rescued that day. Details are not yet available for this rescue, but will be release as they become available.
Foster homes will be provided with a starter bag of food, vaccinations, and medical support. Most foster pets stay in their temporary homes between two and six weeks, depending on their age and condition. Anyone interested in fostering should call 228-863-3354 ext. 136. Fostering is free of charge and all foster parents have the first right to adopt their foster pets and receive $20 off regular adoption fees if they choose to adopt.
Regular adoption fees for cats and kittens are $25 and $50, respectively, and include:
- Spay/neuter surgery
- Updated vaccinations
- Updated rabies vaccine (for all 3+ months of age)
- Microchip and engraved ID tag
- Thirty days free pet health insurance
- Free vet visit within 7 days of adoption
- Starter bag of Hill’s Science Diet food
- 10% off in HSSM’s BowWow Meow Boutique
Adoption questions should be referred to 228-863-3354 ext. 115.
HSSM has been asked by an outside agency to assist with the rescue of a large, undetermined number of animals in desperate conditions, but no further details are yet available. These animals will most likely need specialized care, so freeing up the flex space in HSSM’s facility is vital to providing the highest quality care to the incoming animals.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi is dedicated to ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in our community by 2015, an initiative referred to as Countdown to Zero, and depends on the support of the community to care for nearly 11,000 homeless pets each year. To date in 2013, HSSM has not euthanized a single healthy, adoptable pet due to simple lack of space. In a situation like this, when HSSM stretches our usual efforts and means to assist more animals in need, we depend on the community’s support through adoption, foster care, contributions, and more to keep providing the highest quality services to the animals entrusted to our care.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi is located at 2615 25th Avenue in Gulfport Mississippi. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information on adopting or fostering one of these cats or kittens, call 228.863.3354 ext. 115. Even if you cannot adopt or foster at this time, HSSM is in need of plastic carry kennels that’s can be used for cats or small dogs, as well as paper towels.