South Mississippi is an area plagued with pet overpopulation. Nearly 11,000 homeless pets enter our shelter each year in a community that should be seeing just 7,500. This leaves thousands of pets facing needless euthanasia. The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) has vowed to change the fate of these homeless pets and ensure every pet that can be saved, is saved! By 2015, we are committed to ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in our region.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Thousands of pets have faced needless euthanasia in our community due to a disproportionately high homeless pet population. In the past, healthy pets have experienced tragic endings to their lives because there aren't enough homes to love and care for them. Pets with easily treatable illnesses have--and continue to be--euthanized, even though treatment can cost as little as $3. This project will save an estimated 1,300 pets annually from euthanasia.
How will this project solve this problem?
With adequate resources, THERE IS NO LIMIT to the number of precious lives we can save. Our focus on innovative and effective approaches to save at-risk homeless pets will reduce the abandoned pet population, while increasing the number of pets placed into loving homes and/or reunited with their worried owners. This project will fund our placement programs (adoptions, Love Train, rescue), enable us to spay/neuter more Community Cats and treat more sick and injured pets.
Potential Long Term Impact
No healthy or treatable homeless pet in South Mississippi will lose their life due to the tragic effects of pet overpopulation. Thus, breaking our community free from the decades-old practice of using euthanasia as a means to control pet overpopulation. This project, which HSSM calls "Countdown to Zero," will establish South Mississippi as the first Deep South community to achieve zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets.
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,601
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,399
Total Funding Goal: $10,000