By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – The Corinth-Alcorn County Humane Society has made steady progress serving city and county needs, according to a report from Corinth’s city board this week.
Charlotte Doehner, on behalf of the organization’s board, reported significant progress in dog and cat adoptions as well as volunteer and financial support for the shelter.
“We still have many community volunteers continuing to work, and our veterinary technician is still a volunteer also, taking no salary for her work,” Doehner said.
Since the new management team assumed operation of the shelter on Aug. 1, the shelter has served more than 350 dogs and 250 cats, brought in either through owner surrender or animal control.
The Daily Corinthian newspaper has published the photo of a weekly Pet of the Week, and “every one has been adopted so far,” she said. In November, the shelter’s adoption rate was 45 percent, a product of publicizing on the shelter’s Facebook page and rescue groups, while they continue to network on various animal group sites to increase adoptions.
Further work repairing the old building has shown that it remains structurally sound and will continue in use. However, shelter officials also plan to construct a new building for expansion, using the older facility for in-house veterinary procedures.
Revenue-generating efforts like adoption fees, donations, a hot dog fundraiser and intake fees have generated almost $9,500 through October, and the shelter has received a grant award of $3,000 from national and state animal agencies.
“Through their grant and additional funds raised through the sale of Christmas ornaments and T-shirts, we can purchase two additional banks of cages,” Doehner said.
They also have received a $5,000 donation from Magnolia Regional Health Center, the first donation to the building fund, and Caterpillar has donated halogen lighting for the facility.