Raffle intended to aid animal shelter

county_tippah_greenBy Joyce Brock

Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – One of Tippah County’s newest nonprofits is jumping into an aggressive fundraising campaign to help the area’s animals.

Animal Rescue of Tippah County was organized in 2012 to find a humane response to the stray animal situation in Ripley. Its board of eight members, along with numerous volunteers, are generating money to establish an animal shelter in Tippah County.

The group estimates the cost could exceed $200,000, and private fundraising and contributions from government entities, will be essential.

“The animal problem is a countywide epidemic,” said group spokesman Joseph R. Murray II. “Make no mistake – animal control is a basic function of the government.

“Because we are a nonprofit group trying to fill a hole left by inaction, we will welcome any and all opportunities to work with our elected officials to make Tippah County safe for its animals and citizens and that will include funding. Call your elected officials and let them know you support establishing a shelter.”

The next fundraiser is a raffle with 16 prizes, including a number of large prizes. The top three prizes include a new sofa valued at $675, provided by Trade Day Mall of Ripley; a diamond ring valued at $450, provided by Stones Jewelry of Ripley; and a year’s worth of oil changes, valued at $240, provided by Easy Auto Sales of Baldwyn. Chances are $1 each, or six for $5, and are available at Murray Law Firm and the Animal Clinic of Tippah County. The drawing will be April 15 at Murray Law Firm, and winners don’t have to be present.

For information, call (662) 993-8010 or visit www.animalrescuetc.org.