Shelter push to get certain dogs adopted called success

TUPELO – A new program that slashed adoption fees on dogs marked for euthanasia experienced overwhelming success this week at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
Twelve of the 13 reduced-price canines tapped for the program, which started Monday, had found homes by late Thursday afternoon.
The quick turnaround surprised even TLHS officials, who said they wanted to save the animals’ lives but didn’t know what to expect from the new program.
“It was amazing the outpouring of help from the community to save these dogs’ lives,” said shelter Director Debbie Hood.
Buoyed by the support, Hood said she now quickly expects to find a home for the remaining dog: Tommie Girl, a 3-year-old Shepherd mix.
“She needs a good home,” Hood said, “someone who will be patient.”
The others adopted included several black retriever mixes, some Labradors, a Walker Coonhound and even a one-eyed dog named Lucky. The shelter had reduced its regular canine adoption fee of $75 to $25 for these animals.
The price included vaccinations, deworming medicine, a rabies tag, microchipping and a spay or neuter operation.
“If we have dogs in this situation again, we’ll definitely run the special again,” said TLHS President Rachel Pierce. “From a financial standpoint, though, we simply can’t afford to pay for spay/neuter surgeries, vaccines, deworming, food, microchips, and general care and then get only $25 per dog. Sadly, we wouldn’t be able to keep our doors open if we did that.”
Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

Emily LeCoz