Local shelters are beyond capacity and working with few resources. Learn how you can help through volunteering, donating or adopting. How can you say “no” to this face?
- by Lisa Monti
MISSY, a five-month-old Cur/Pittie mix, was dumped at our shelter after hours with absolutely no regard for her safety or well-being. If you are familiar with Texas Flat Road, you may know that we are located on a busy highway traveled daily by 18-wheelers. Missy definitely had a guardian angel watching over her. She is shy and gentle and seems way too serious for her tender age. But she is very playful, friendly, and loving with her kennel mate, another pup around her age. She seeks out affection and wants nothing more than to curl up in our volunteers' laps and soak up all the love she can.
Part of the current over-crowding problem has its roots in the pandemic: Millions of people adopted pets during the shut-downs to help ease their isolation. Now that the worst of the crisis has past, many of these pets are no longer wanted.
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.
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