Shelter needs help

Published 7:00 am Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Pearl River County SPCA is a place where cats and dogs wait to be given a forever home where they will cared for by a family or a individual.

Until then, shelter staff do everything possible to make the animals feel at home.

But sometimes they are unable to provide all the services necessary because of low funding.

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Insufficient funding is an issue that affects many shelters across the country and Pearl River County is no exception.

According to PRC SPCA Public Relations Manager Maria Diamond, the animal shelter receives its funding from the city of Picayune and the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors but it is not enough to cover operating expenses or even the salary of employees.

As a result, the animal shelter relies on volunteers to help care for the animals on a daily basis.

Many of the volunteers work over 40 hours on a weekly basis in order to give the animals the care they require.

In order to receive additional funds, the shelter hosts many fundraisers and applies for grants.

If someone out there is looking or thinking of getting a new pet, start by checking the local animal shelter.

PRC SPCA is home to many cats and dogs. The cost of adopting your new pet from the shelter is also lower compared to buying from a breeder.

That’s because the shelter provides the appropriate shots, ensures the animals are spayed and neutered and each new pet is provided with a 30-day health insurance policy.

But if you’re not interested in a new pet and still want to help the animal shelter, you can always contact them for volunteer opportunities.