Second Chance Ward

The formula for the success of Countdown to Zero is simple:

Decreased Intake + Increased Positive Outcomes = More Pets Saved!

In 2012, HSSM was forced to euthanize 1,286 dogs and cats due to lack of isolation space. The majority of these sick pets had simple, easily treatable illnesses like Upper Respiratory Infection (a doggy/kitty “cold”).

The Second Chance Ward is HSSM’s project to prevent the euthanasia of pets who may come to HSSM healthy but fall ill while they are in our care. The Second Chance Ward will be a separate building, like a hospital ward, on HSSM’s property and will be used solely for the isolation and treatment of highly contagious, but easily treatable illnesses which are common in a shelter environment.

For many of the 1,286 pets euthanized in 2012 due to illness, the only thing that stood between life and death was $2 and 14 days worth of treatment but we had nowhere to house them.

The Second Chance Ward will provide HSSM with 50 additional isolation spaces. Even better, this building will pull sick pets completely away from the general population in an effort to reduce or even eliminate cross-contamination with healthy pets!

If you are interested in helping HSSM build the Second Chance Ward, please call 228-863-3354 ext. 102 or click here to find out more about our current fundraising efforts.

Of all the programs HSSM offers, the “Four Legs” of Countdown to Zero were chosen because of their ability for high-impact on the overall goal of eliminating the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets by 2015.


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