MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals there are approximately 7.6 million companion animals entering shelters nationwide each year.
“By law if we pick up a stray animal, whether it comes in or one of the officers pick it up, we have to hold it for five days depending on the situation,” explained Rocky Rockette, director of the Lauderdale County Animal Control Center.
With stray animals entering shelters each day, the shelter is tasked with providing for the animals who are taken in deciding what to do with the pet after the 5-day holding period.
“It is property of the shelter and we are forced to make a decision what we have to do with it after that,” said Rockette. “Whether if it is put up for adoption, turned over to a local rescue, or our last choice, which is to euthanize.”
To make sure every adoptable pet finds a loving home, the shelter has several programs available to encourage adoptions.
“We are offering a low-cost spay or neuter for animals that meet that certain criteria for an additional $20 fee. So it would be a total of $35 and we'll get that animal spayed or neutered for you,” explained Rockette.
In addition to the spay and neuter program, animal control is also providing animals with their first shots and worming medication, while supplies last. All of this is being done to keep pets and humans safe.
“We are here to try to enforce the laws, to keep people safe, keep animals safe, and also to build a working relationship with the community,” said Rockette.
Lauderdale County Animal Control is located at 501 Cooper Avenue in Meridian. Adoption hours are from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information you can call the shelter at (601)485-1956.