Better Business Bureau Report for
Humane Society of South Mississippi

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Humane Society of South Mississippi
Address: 2615 Highway 49
  Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: 228-863-3354
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1952, Mississippi
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: [To] save and enhance the lives of pets through cooperative and innovative approaches to adoption, spay/neuter.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Humane Society of South Mississippi meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) is committed to ending pet overpopulation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. HSSM is an open-admissions shelter and turns no pet away based on health, age, or behavioral status. Countdown to Zero is the organization’s initiative working to eliminate euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in the community. Other programs offered by HSSM include adoptions, spay and neuter efforts, pet identification campaigns, Love Train transportation, and return-to-owner efforts. According to the organization, in 2015, the Humane Society of South Mississippi cared for almost 8,000 homeless pets.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2014, Humane Society of South Mississippi's program expenses were:

Program Services 2,089,409
Total Program Expenses: $2,089,409
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Chief Executive : Ms. Lori West, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mr. Jonathan Jones
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: General Manager, Harrah's

Board Size: 18

Paid Staff Size: 87

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership appeals, appeals via social media, solicitations for used cars, solicitations for used clothing
Fundraising costs were 26% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $957,090, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Humane Society of South Mississippi's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 825,428
Animal control contracts and court cases 413,164
Clinic 249,091
Adoptions 226,767
Surrender 105,168
Special events 104,937
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments 100,155
Dividends and interest income 62,912
Retail and thrift sales (less cost of goods sold of $330,822) 29,450
Grants 26,725
Total Income $2,143,797


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 79%  Fund Raising: 9%  Administrative: 12% 

Total income $2,143,797
Program expenses $2,089,409
Fund raising expenses 251,216
Administrative expenses 313,830
Total expenses $2,654,455
Expenses in Excess of Income (510,658)
Beginning net assets 6,575,716
Ending net assets 6,065,058
Total liabilities 62,787
Total assets $6,065,058

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BBB Comments


 A BBB Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 11/3/2008. 

BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services.
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