Saving Animals & Finding Homes
The Stone County SPCA was organized in 2009 and opened the Jeanne H. Miller Animal Shelter in 2012. We have always been a no-kill shelter. During 2021 we took in over 700 animals and had a live release rate of 93%…. and transporting a large percentage of our animals (50%). We do this by keeping adoption fees low and transporting a large percentage of our animals (56% of our dogs and puppies).
Stone County, like most rural places in the country, has too many unwanted pets for its population to absorb. Therefore, the Stone County SPCA has concentrated its efforts to both transport unwanted pets, and spay and neuter as much of the pet population as possible.
Returned to Owner
Canines Leaving in 2021
- Adopted – 236
- RTO – 50
- Transported – 627
- Died/Euthanized/Runaway – 32
Felines Leaving in 2021
- Adopted – 224
- RTO – 5
- Transported – 46
- Died/Euthanized/Runaway – 23
Animal Intake in 2021
- Felines – 296
- Canines – 940
- Total – 1236
Animals still in care on January 1, 2021
69 Canines and 29 Felines
- 54% of animals leaving the shelter are transported
- 37% of animals leaving the shelter were adopted
- 4% of animals leaving the shelter are returned to their own
- 4% of animals leaving shelter escape, died or euthanized
Life-Saving Percentage = 93%*
*Life Saving Percentage = [(animals adopted + animals transported + animals returned to owner + animals returned to field) / total animals leaving shelter] x 100%
What Drives Us
The most significant change in the animal shelter since 2018 has been the improvement and addition of play yards for the dogs. Existing play yards were improved. Four of them were expanded to include a shade tree. Also, three-foot privacy fencing was put up to decrease fighting between yards. One additional play yard was added. The funding for these improvements came through a $3000 grant from the William and Charlotte Parks Foundation. Also, through the John and Kathy Kirker, permanent wood siding has been put up to replace heavy plastic siding.
We also received in early 2019 $4860 from the Wilson Fund of the MS Gulf Coast Community Foundation to purchase new kennels to replace our old and dilapidated small dog and puppy kennels.
Also, the Stone County SPCA received $3000 from a generous donor in early 2019 to add five play yards for long term residents. This gift along with funds raised a tree sale covered the cost of these new play yards. The trees were donated from GreenForest Nursery.
The Stone County SPCA received $15000 in funding for medical care of shelter pets from the Petco Foundation. These much-needed funds went towards pharmaceuticals and veterinary costs to care for sick and injured animals and prepare them for adoption.
– Adoptions –
The Stone County SPCA takes pets monthly to PetSmart in D’Iberville and Petco in Biloxi for adoption events.
– Fostering Program –
The Stone County SPCA tries to place senior pets into foster care where they can live out the rest of their lives getting more attention and care than they can receive at a shelter. The fear of high veterinary costs often keeps these pets from getting adopted. By fostering these pets, the caregivers are not responsible for paying their veterinary bills, the shelter is.
– Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Vouchers –
The Stone County SPCA offers discounted spay/neuter vouchers for low-income individuals in the community. During 2021, 217 community cats and dogs were spayed/neutered through this important program. Funds were provided by the Wilson Fund of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community Foundation ($6000) and the MS I Care for Animals Car Tag Grant ($3000). If you are a low-income pet owner or caring for a colony of community cats, contact the shelter at 601-928-1930 about obtaining these vouchers.
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Board of Directors 2022
Katie Stonnington – President
Dr. Prudence Derby – Vice President
Sheila Heavens – Treasurer
Nina Shaw – Secretary
Board Members 2022