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Copiah Animal Shelter (Copiah County Animal Shelter, Inc.)


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Copiah Animal Shelter is a volunteer-led nonprofit 501(c)(3) limited intake animal welfare organization, providing shelter and medical care to lost and abandoned animals until permanent placement in loving homes can be arranged through pet adoption. Supporting Copiah County, Mississippi (MS) and surrounding communities since 2011.


Where It All Began

The need for an animal shelter has been discussed in the past; however, Beckey Holifield, DVM put the idea on wheels and got it rolling. Calling together others with the same concern, the first meeting was held in June 2011, and CAS was officially founded in July. Seven Board Members were elected. The first animal adoptions were in October 2011. Founding Secretary/Treasurer Jayne Wells had previous shelter experience and was instrumental in helping Copiah Animal Shelter get off to a great start.



Dr. Holified: "As responsible citizens, we need to provide an animal shelter and rescue program based upon the humane treatment of animals and the understanding that homeless animals, especially dogs and cats, suffer as a result of having no food, shelter, or from injury sustained while straying. They also may suffer from infestation with internal and external parasites, and diseases needing medical attention. Such parasites and diseases can infect a large community of pets and domestic animals."



Copiah Animal Shelter (Copiah County Animal Shelter, Inc.) received 501c3 nonprofit approval in September 2012, which allows us to apply for private foundation and government grants. CAS is "community-sustained" -- operating solely on donations from the community, membership dues, small adoption fees, fundraising efforts of volunteers, and applying for grants. We have already been awarded several small grants for Shelter animal spay/neuter, and TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for feral cats in the community. Copiah Animal Shelter currently receives NO city or county funding.



In May 2012 CAS modified a former auto repair shop building now on the grounds of "All About Animals Veterinary Clinic" in Crystal Springs, MS. The starter home held 9 inside kennels and space for 2-3 cats in the "Cat Corner". Several foster families also house animals on a temporary basis.



In 2015 with some rearranging, local donations, and a grant, CAS replaced the aging dog kennels and added several new small kennels to bring capacity up to 15. Copiah Animal Shelter is raising funds for a larger building designed for animal care and for facilitating pet adoptions. Update 8/19: See below. The shell to our new larger building is up at our current location! We have a long way to go and will complete it in phases as finances allow.



All the help CAS receives is from dedicated people who volunteer their time and talents to make it all come together. It is a large undertaking; however, with the continued support of local agencies, business, and private citizens, Copiah Animal Shelter has become a reality and is making a positive difference in the lives of homeless animals!


Address:
27084 Highway 51
Crystal Springs, MS 39059

Call Us: 601-954-6447

Email Us: [email protected]

Do you need to find a loving home for your pet?

No-kill shelters do wonderful work, but as a result, are often inundated with pet surrenders. In the unfortunate scenario that you have to find a new home for your pet, please read through the rehoming solution and articles on this page before contacting the shelter.

Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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