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Seeking Heartwarming Pet Love Stories

Seeking Heartwarming Pet Love Stories

Petco Love, BOBS from Skechers™, and the Oktibbeha County Humane Society Seek Heartwarming Pet Love Stories Submissions Opening for Petco Love Stories Campaign on September 13 National nonprofit Petco Love, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers™ and the Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) are excited 

13th Annual Dog Paddle

13th Annual Dog Paddle

Party with your pooch at the pool! Come support the OCHS on the morning of September 9, 2023 from 9 a.m to noon. The 13th Annual OCHS Dog Paddle is a pool party for dogs and a fundraiser for the Oktibbeha County Humane Society’s Second 

ASPCA Partners with Oktibbeha County Humane Society to Create Lifesaving Animal Support Center in Mississippi

ASPCA Partners with Oktibbeha County Humane Society to Create Lifesaving Animal Support Center in Mississippi

In May, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced $900,000 in grant funding to Oktibbeha County Humane Society (OCHS) in Starkville, Miss., to support the opening of the OCHS Animal Support Center by the ASPCA to increase positive outcomes for animals in the state. The Animal Support Center will house the OCHS Snip and Spay Clinic, a stationary spay/neuter clinic for income-qualified pet owners and shelter animals, and the VanLandingham Kennel Building, a hub for the region’s shelter animals where they will be temporarily cared for before being transported to other shelters for adoption.

The Animal Support Center will improve OCHS’s capacity to care for animals in Starkville as well as the surrounding communities with the goal of saving more animals in their 17-county service area. Through the Animal Support Center’s high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter and relocation efforts, the center will reduce unwanted litters within the community and decrease animals’ length of stay at shelters in the region.

“The OCHS Animal Support Center by the ASPCA will dramatically enhance the lifesaving services OCHS already provides to animals in the region, including increased access to spay/neuter surgery and more frequent animal transports to help more animals find loving homes and conserve critical shelter space for other animals in need,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “This collaborative effort directs our combined resources and abilities toward vulnerable animals who most need our help.”

The opening of the Animal Support Center, expected to be operational in fall 2023, will nearly double the number of animals OCHS is able to transport annually from 1,800 to 3,500. In addition to OCHS’s existing mobile clinic, the Animal Support Center will triple spay/neuter capacity from 2,900 to 8,800 surgeries annually.

“We are grateful for the investment that the ASPCA is making in our organization and community,” said Michele Anderson, Executive Director, Oktibbeha County Humane Society. “Through our long-standing partnership, we have seen the significant impact our efforts have made in North Central Mississippi. We believe these next steps will transform the direction of domestic animal welfare in our region, leading to more lives saved.”

Over the last eight years, the ASPCA and OCHS have worked together to improve the lives of shelter animals in the Starkville area and surrounding communities. OCHS is a partner shelter in the ASPCA Animal Relocation Program, a program that works with overcrowded shelters in under-resourced areas of the country to relocate their animals to other shelters where those animals have greater chances of being

adopted into loving homes. Since 2016, OCHS has partnered with the ASPCA to move over 14,500 animals from OCHS to shelters with more opportunities for adoption.

For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to help shelter animals, please visit www.aspca.org.

How the ASPCA Saves Thousands of Animals by Moving Them

How the ASPCA Saves Thousands of Animals by Moving Them

Shelter overcrowding and a lack of resources can lead to tons of otherwise healthy cats and dogs being euthanized. The ASPCA is working to limit this issue with its Animal Relocation Program, which has successfully relocated more than 200,000 animals since its inception in 2014.

Annual Dog Licensing with the City of Starkville

Annual Dog Licensing with the City of Starkville

Administered through the OCHS.