Shelters hit capacity with pets, strays

By Chris Van Tuyl/ The Commercial Appeal

HERNANDO – The word frazzled was used.
And it came out of the mouth of DeSoto County Animal Shelter assistant director Monica Mock, a mere hour after 30 cats were transported from Walls and checked in to the Nesbit facility.
“This is our first big surrender like that, ever,” she said. “He was doing the best he could, but it was really awful. I wish he would’ve asked for help earlier. I don’t want to see anything like this again.”
It’s now a situation that’s brought the shelter – at least on the cat side – back to capacity, and crowding is an issue that other cities are having a hard time ignoring as well.
“We’re full again,” Mock said. “People that have been trying to get us to pick up cats last week and this week just have to wait longer. They keep coming in by litter and litter and litter. It’s obvious people don’t spay and neuter.”
The warmer-than-average temperatures and the economy are two factors that officials are pointing to as causes of the problem.
Said Southaven Animal Control supervisor Perry Mason: “I can’t take any relinquishments right now. We’ve got a waiting list because I have to keep a certain amount of cages open for strays.
Crowded or not, each local shelter offers special adoption rates, ranging from free to $25.
“Sometimes we can adopt out four or five dogs in a month and sometimes we can’t adopt out any,” said Hernando Animal Control Officer Jacob Hisaw. “It just varies.”
Week-long events are preferred by Mason.
“The thing about it … you have one or two days, ‘Well, is anybody going to come in?’ and then bam, for two days, we’ll do six or seven adoptions a day,” he said. “It just gives the people plenty of time to get here at their own convenience.”