Tupelo animal shelter to move

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society unveiled the site of its future home Friday morning near the corner of Cliff Gookin Boulevard and Thomas Street.

Cradling an assortment of bandana-clad puppies, animal shelter officials held a brief press conference where they announced the donation of the nearly 2-acre site.

It was donated by Big Oaks Farm.

No date was provided for the construction of a new facility on the newly acquired site. Shelter officials still need to raise additional funds and hire an architect.

The TLHS has $400,000 in a capital project fund for a new shelter, but the agency hopes to raise more before kicking off the project.

It will replace the cramped, aging shelter on South Gloster Street. The current building can hold only about 150 animals – a fraction of the hundreds of cats, dogs, guinnea pigs, birds and other animals dropped off there each month.

And despite numerous improvements, it continues to suffer frequent mechanical breakdowns from outdated equipment.

See Saturday’s NEMS Daily Journal for the full story.