- by Lisa Monti
The description above might win Missy a lifelong companion, but at the Hancock County Animal Shelter, there are so many dogs and cats needing homes now, the hard-working staff and volunteers can’t write these descriptions fast enough.
Shelters such as Hancock’s – along with rescue facilities everywhere these days – are taking in more animals than they can accommodate.
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In this unforeseen post-pandemic crisis, it’s vital that the coast community steps up and helps the animals in need of foster and forever homes. The support helps the Hancock Shelter manage stray animals and those surrendered or abandoned by owners. The shelter also provides health screenings, vaccinations and the mandatory spay or neutering of all adopted animals. Services include low-cost spay and voucher program, and micro-chipping and off-site adoptions.
It’s an enormous job in the best of times. The Hancock Shelter serves the entire county with its population of 47,000, including the cities of Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Diamondhead. Everything the staff does complies with state, federal and local laws and regulations, under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
If you want to support the Hancock Shelter, you can do so in a surprising number of ways.
- Of course, you can give an animal a second chance by adopting a pet into your home for a small fee. But if you can’t do that, consider fostering a pet temporarily. Foster families are vital to shelter animals, helping to avoid euthanasia while freeing up space in the Shelter to make room for other animals. All food and vet care for foster animals is covered.
- You can buy items such as food, collars and leashes, feeding and water bowls, and cleaning supplies from the Shelter’s Amazon Wish List. You could also designate the Shelter as an Amazon Smile Charity List beneficiary when you shop on Amazon. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of eligible Charity List purchases to your selected charity, at no extra cost to you.
- You can also drop off donations at the Shelter itself or at the Kiln and Waveland Branches of the Hancock County Library System, Wishlist Flea Market in Waveland and Bay Breeze Liquor Store in Bay St. Louis.
- Volunteering is another way to help with the Shelter’s daily operations and activities. Volunteers help by walking and bathing dogs, giving out treats, socializing the dogs and cats and helping with laundry. Students can earn community service hours at the Shelter and volunteers can assist with shelter cat adoptions at PetSmart in Gulfport on Saturdays during their business hours.
- Membership in Friends of the Animal Shelter is another way to help out, through donations, fundraising events and membership fees. Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit independent organization supporting shelter efforts and animal welfare in Hancock County.
- You can also attend special events that raise funds for the shelter. “Friends” will host the Second Annual White Linen on Coleman Avenue Sept. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. to benefit the Animal Shelter (find more details on our Upcoming Events page!) The family and pet friendly evening in Waveland will feature local artists, food and music. Bring your lawn chairs to Coleman Avenue to raise funds to support the Hancock County Animal Shelter.
Shane Wyman is director of the shelter which is located at 7175 Texas Flat Road, Kiln. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm. The phone number is (228) 466-4516. You can see pets available for adoption on the shelter’s Facebook page and on their website.
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