The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is a private, local, non-profit organization that serves the people and companion animals of South Mississipp. Their programs and services are made possible primarily through the generousity of their donors.
HSSM is a 100% independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. They depend on the support of its community to shelter and care for nearly 12,000 homeless pets and provide spay/neuter, pet identification and other services for an additional 10,000 community-owned pets each year.
HSSM is an open-admissions shelter and turns no pet away, regardless of health, age, or behavioral status. Oftentimes their open-admissions status in a community with a disproportionately high number of homeless pets leads to needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in its shelter HSSM has now vowed to change this.
In January of 2012, HSSM’s Board of Directors adopted an initiative called "Countdown to Zero", which aims to eliminate the euthanasia of all healthy and treatable pets in the community by 2015. HSSM's 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, it 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 800+ adoptable pets
are sent to partner shelters across the country for adoption each
¦Exhaustive return-to-owner efforts
¦And much more!
Project for 2012-2015
The Second Chance Ward is one of the integral “Four Legs” of HSSM’s Countdown to Zero initiative to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets by 2015.
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.
This hospital-style building will ensure that each pet that comes in does, indeed, get the Second Chance he/she deserves.
To assist in reducing the number of stray pets entering our doors and increase the chances of reunion for a lost pet and its owner, HSSM is undertaking an extensive educational campaign about proper pet identification, with the slogan: “Tag ‘Em! South Mississippi.”
HSSM is offering Tag ‘Em! South Mississippi pet identification packages for just $7. These packages include both a microchip and an engraved ID tag.
Tag ‘Em! is integral in reducing the overall number of pets entering HSSM. If HSSM can spend less time caring for pets who have owners looking for them, it gives us more time and more resources to put towards caring for and adopting out those who do not.
Spay/Neuter in general is of utmost importance to helping HSSM achieve our Countdown to Zero initiatve of ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets by 2015. Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective and humane means to control the outdoor cat population in any community and since it is FREE to Harrison County residents, they hope to make a huge impact and greatly reduce the number of unwanted kittens entering their doors each Spring and Summer.