Shelter adoption numbers break record

TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society set a record last month with 275 adoptions, the most in its 30-year history.
But they also said many more animals were euthanized than adopted as intake numbers continue to rise.
In November, 625 pets were brought to the shelter at 2400 N. Gloster St. Of them, 44 percent found homes, and 1 percent were reclaimed.
But 55 percent – 347 cats and dogs – had to be euthanized to make room for the continuous flow of new animals coming through the doors.
The shelter saw an increase of nearly six dozen animals in November this year compared with the same month one year ago. In November 2008, the shelter had received 554 animals. Of them, 31 percent were adopted and 64 percent were euthanized.
Despite the increase of new animals, shelter Director Debbie Hood said the higher adoption rate is encouraging.
“We’re really happy about it,” Hood said. “We think it’s due to a combination of off-site adoption events, marketing the animals through Web sites, Facebook and e-mails, and making the public aware of the beautiful animals we have here at the shelter.”
Also helpful is the regular arrival of the PetSmart Charities’ Rescue Waggin’, which collects about two dozens dogs from the shelter each month and takes them to shelters with higher adoption rates.
That program began regularly here in October.
Hood said this month could set another adoption record. As of mid-December, 169 pets found homes compared to the entire month of December 2008 when a total of 198 found homes.
“We still have two weeks to go,” Hood said, “and I feel pretty confident we’ll do better than last year.”
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

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The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society is at 2400 S. Gloster St. and can be reached at (662) 841-6500.

November ’09 November ’08
Received 625 554
Adopted 275 171
Euthanized 347 353
Reclaimed/other 3 30

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal