Volunteers work toward Tippah animal shelter

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

RIPLEY – The effort to establish an animal shelter in Tippah County continues, and a spokeswoman gave an update to the Board of Supervisors during its regular work session on Friday.
Evie Murray said a public meeting held in September for interested individuals drew more than 150 people, and from that group a board of directors has been formed to continue with planning.
“I get calls every day from people out there who need help,” she said. “There are strays all over the place and people are bombarded.”
Murray asked the supervisors to support Animal Rescue of Tippah County as they move forward.
Though she didn’t ask for anything specific at this time, Murray told supervisors she would return to the November meeting with details for the board’s discussions of what they need to do next.
A facility and funding are primary needs, Murray said in a later interview. Some donations already have come in, including a $500 donation from a Memphis, Tenn., resident, thanks to word spreading of the rescue.
Individuals in the community who are volunteering their service on the board include a veterinarian, a dog trainer, a dog groomer and other individuals with a sincere desire to see fewer animals running loose and fending for themselves.
The list includes Murray’s
son, Ripley attorney Joe
Murray.
“Right now our animals
just run until they’re diseased,
die or get hit by a
car,” she said.
Though she has heard
discouraging words from
some quarters in the community,
Murray is not deterred.
“I know there was a
shelter before and it didn’t
work, but we can do
something that will work,”
she said. “I get about three
calls a day about strays;
people don’t know what to
do. Right now Tupelo is
the only place that will
take animals from Tippah
County, and that’s if they
have room. Our priority
now is to raise money, so
we’ll be holding fundraisers
going toward Christmas,
like pet photos with
Santa, and other things.”
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com