Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Like others, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society is anticipating a difficult situation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and we provide a critical service that must continue.  There are 110 animals in our care today, with countless others in our local partner shelters that will be affected if adoptions slow down – both locally and in the areas served by our transport partner shelters up north.

The health and safety of our staff and the animals in our care is our top priority.  To that end, OCHS is implementing some changes to operations.  Effective immediately, the Starkville Animal Shelter will:

·        close to all volunteers through at least the end of the month (March 2020).

·        temporarily cease operations of its low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

·        be open by appointment only for all other services (intake, adoption, and foster).  Appointments may be made by calling 662-338-9093 during normal business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM-5:30 PM). 

·        admit no more than five visitors at a time.  We ask that visitors not come to the shelter if they are sick in any way.

·        continue to take in stray animals during this time (please call ahead); however, we ask that people interested in surrendering their own animal to hold off if possible.  If it’s not possible for you to keep your animal, please call 662-338-9093 during normal business hours to schedule an appointment.

This is an unprecedented situation that changes daily.  We appreciate your patience and support as we try to do what’s best for the animals in our care.  As always, we welcome your feedback:  THANK YOU for your support!




Please help us get as many animals adopted fast!  OCHS announced a $19 adoption special (available for a limited time) to encourage adoptions, which will make room for future intakes.  All adopted pets are spayed/neutered, current on vaccinations, and microchipped prior to adoption.  Adopters can browse adoptable pets and submit an application online at


Can you take in a cat or dog for a few weeks or even days? If we can reduce the number of animals in our shelter by getting them adopted or out to foster homes, we can provide even better care to the animals who remain inside our buildings.  If you can help, please call 662-338-9093 to make an appointment to select your foster pet(s).


Tell your friends about how to help!  Correct any misinformation you see about coronavirus and pets – the CDC has indicated there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19.

Last updated 3/15/2020