By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – Animal adoptions are once again available at the Corinth-Alcorn County Animal Shelter only three weeks after a reorganized nonprofit group took over operations.
About 50 cats and 30 dogs were housed at the facility on Monday.
“We’ve done a lot of cleaning and are just so proud of how the shelter looks now,” said volunteer Arline Crawford. “The exterminator has been here and we have inmate help still doing some painting and other work.”
Everyone who works at the shelter now is a volunteer, including veterinary technician Pherbia Mynatt who is on site full time.
Although the shelter does not have regular spay/neuter clinics at this time, every animal that is adopted out is spayed or neutered, Crawford said.
Two local veterinarians are among those who have helped with the reorganization effort, and Dr. Phil Bushby of the Mississippi State University veterinary school is scheduled to visit soon. The shelter is expected to get back on the school’s regular mobile surgical unit schedule.
“We’re trying to save as much money as we can to outfit the new shelter,” Crawford said.
The nonprofit group that operated the shelter previously gave up responsibility for the shelter after government leaders said they could not provide a different site or new shelter by the group’s July 31 deadline. All the animals in the shelter as of July 31 were adopted out.
Corinth, Alcorn County and the city of Farmington all have agreed to work cooperatively on building a new metal structure with a concrete floor at the current Proper Street site as a new shelter facility.
Meantime a different nonprofit and volunteers have assumed responsibility for shelter operations, working with Corinth Street Commissioner Jim Bynum, who also is the city’s animal control officer.
“Everyone has been so cooperative,” Crawford said. “Everything has been donated or provided at cost.”