Tippah group working steadily toward creating animal shelter

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

RIPLEY – Board members for Animal Rescue of Tippah County joined organizer Evie Murray on Friday to tell the Board of Supervisors about the ongoing need to attend to stray animals in the county.
The group is hampered by lack of funds, Murray said, but they’re determined to keep moving toward their goal.
“We have really worked hard, and what we’re waiting for now is approval of our 501(c)3 nonprofit status,” she said. “People call me every day about stray animals and we have to do something about this. A couple of weeks ago the fire chief called me about abused animals, and I had to call PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to help.”
The board members include Joe Murray, Chris Murray, Angela Colucci, Dr. Elizabeth Smith, Joyce Hodges, Kim Gibson and Allison Windham.
A fundraiser is set for Feb. 15-March 15, and the group plans to sell 3,000 raffle tickets for a variety of prizes: four months of Total Body Gym fitness or tanning; one free teeth whitening from Griffin Dental; one free pedicure from Hot Lox; an attachable grill rotisserie from Sears; or a set of decorative candles from Gift of Gab.
The next meeting will include working out a financial proposal for the county, and plans are to also solicit support from each of the municipalities in Tippah County.
“I told the supervisors these are God’s creatures and you all need to help,” Murray said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com