The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is the largest animal welfare organization in the state of Mississippi. In 2012, HSSM cared for nearly 11,000 homeless pets in a community where we should be seeing only 7,500-8,000 each year.
Since our incorporation in 1952, HSSM has been committed to ending pet overpopulation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. HSSM is an open-admissions shelter and turns no pet away, regardless of health, age, or behavioral status. Oftentimes our open-admissions status in a community with a disproportionately high number of homeless pets leads to needless euthanasia of adoptable pets in our shelter HSSM has now vowed to change this.
In January of 2012, HSSM’s Board of Directors adopted the most progressive initiative ever undertaken by our organization. This initiative, entitled Countdown to Zero, aims to eliminate the euthanasia of all healthy and treatable pets in our community by 2015. Our dream is to make South Mississippi a truly humane community where every pet lives out his/her life in a loving home. When HSSM achieves this goal, we will be the first community in the Deep South to achieve this milestone.
HSSM’s life-saving programs include:
- Progressive adoptions programs
- Aggressive spay/neuter efforts
- Pro-active pet identification campaigns
- Innovative Love Train transports (through which 1,000+ adoptable pets
are sent to partner shelters across the country for adoption each
- Exhaustive return-to-owner efforts
- And much more!
HSSM is a 100% independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We depend on the support of our community to shelter and care for nearly 11,000 homeless pets and provide spay/neuter, pet identification and other services for an additional 10,000 community-owned pets each year.
Offering over 20,000 services on a $2.6 million annual budget means HSSM runs a highly effective and efficient operation. In fact, HSSM cares for 126% MORE homeless pets, adopts/transports out 139% MORE and spays/neuters 173% MORE than the average animal shelter with a comparable budget.
In addition to our aggressive lifesaving efforts and programs, HSSM strives to maintain our 40,000 square foot facility and provide a pleasant, clean environment for the people and pets we serve. HSSM’s facility was built using the nation’s leading Children’s Museums as models, with bright colors and oversized architectural sculptures.
Interested in learning even more about HSSM? Peruse the pages here at hssm.org and then give our Development Department a call! We would love to show you around our beautiful facility and tell you more about our programs through one of our “Show and Tail” Experiences. Call 228-822-3802 to book yours today!
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