TLHS slashes price to save pets

TUPELO – Thirteen unlucky dogs could get a lucky break with a new program at the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
Humane society officials will reduce the adoption fee on selected canines from the typical $75 to a discounted $25 in an effort to save their lives.
“We currently have many large, adult dogs who have been with us for a very long time,” according to a TLHS press release. “They are in grave danger of euthanasia, even though they have been spayed or neutered and have all their vaccinations. They are simply out of time – it’s very hard on a large dog to be confined indoors to a small pen for months on end – and we are out of space.”
TLHS Board President Rachel Pierce said this is the first time the animal shelter has offered this type of reduced-rate program. If it’s successful, she said, it could become a regular event.
Dogs selected for the program were either spayed or neutered upon entering the shelter or were “fixed” at no cost by the Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Those up for adoption include Camo, an 8-month-old Australian Cattle dog; Robin, a 3-year-old chocolate Lab; Petie, a 10-month-old Boxer-Pit mix; or Lucky, a 2-year-old Shepard mix with only one eye.
“All those dogs have got really good temperaments,” said shelter Director Debbie Hood. “They’re good with children, they’re good with other dogs, so I feel they would definitely make a good pet for somebody.”
Because the animal shelter accepts all cats and dogs regardless of health and adoptability, the facility stays at or beyond capacity 100 percent of the time.
Thousands of pets are dropped off their each year; nearly three-fourths are euthanized because of a space shortage and and low adoption rates. Large canines make up a large portion of those put down.
“Large, adult dogs are some of the hardest to find homes for,” Pierce said, “so we hope that this discount encourages people who have always adopted a puppy or a small dog to give a larger dog a chance.”

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com.

At a glance
The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society is located at 2400 S. Gloster St., and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact (662) 841-6500 for more information.

Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal