Pine Belt animal shelters reaching capacity

Pine Belt animal shelters reaching capacity

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Animal shelters around the Pine Belt are experiencing the usual rise in intakes of animals this time of year, but they are also going through lower adoption rates.

Southern Pines Animal Shelter's Ginny Sims said that is normal for this time of year, which is why they have certain "specials" for adoption fees.

"We see an influx in puppies and kittens coming in, but we also see an influx in adult dogs coming in as well because the weather is hot, and nobody wants to be out in the hot weather," she said. "Adoptions are a little bit slower because people are getting back from vacations and starting school for the first time."

SPAS has reduced the usual $50 adoption fee to $9 for cats 9 months or older during the month of August. Sims said some of their other cats are sponsored, which means that the adoption fee is waived. In addition, certain dogs' fees are also lowered this weekend, as low as a waived fee.

"You get all the same things: spay and neuter, age appropriate vaccines, microchip, pet health insurance, a bag of food to get you started," Sims explained. "We want to reduce the fee to help them get out into new homes more quickly."

The shelter is also in need of canned dog and cat food, and Sims said they are always looking for people to help foster animals.

Hub City Humane Society in Hattiesburg and Southern Cross Animal Rescue in Jones County are also at full shelter capacity.

HCHS said they have lowered adoption fees from $85 to $40.

SCAR was not immediately available to respond about adoption fee reductions, but they did say plans are being made for adoption specials, which they have done in the past.