MARDI PAWS Cause: To help more homeless pets, foster or adopt
Published on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 2:40 pm.
NATCHEZ — Among the dozens of pets who took part in the Mardi Paz Parade on Natchez Bluff Sunday afternoon were 12 adoptable friends looking for a forever home.
The parade was hosted by HoofBeats and PawPrints Rescue to support area homeless animals.
HoofBeats and PawPrints Rescue brought a dozen adult dogs from the shelter to participate in the festivities.
“This is just a fraction of what we have at the shelter,” said Kathy Fitch, president of HPR. “There are three other shelters in the nearby Miss Lou area that have the same number of adult dogs that we are willing to adopt.”
Many dogs stay at the shelter for months before they can be taken elsewhere in hopes of finding a home. Karen Ewing, a nonprofit animal rescue and victim advocate for the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, expressed her frustration at knowing when animals are in dire situations but being unable to help them because their There is no place to go.
Unfortunately, there are more animals in need than homes to keep them. The situation could be improved if more people were willing to adopt larger dogs, Fitch said.
“If you want to help us get more dogs and help more, please consider fostering or adopting one of these dogs,” she said. “Even if you want to take a dog home for a short time to get them out of the shelter, that’s helpful because it helps them adjust to the home environment. If you’re going to be a foster home. If you want, please come and ask us. We’d like to talk to you about it.”
Even those who can’t foster or adopt, Fitch said, can help by spaying or neutering pets at home.
“Encourage everyone in your area of influence to spay and neuter,” he said. “We’re here to help as many people as possible, but if you want to help us, please consider adopting a large adult dog.”
Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said the city has adjusted its budget to support the cause.
“We’re giving $15,000 to HoofBeats and Pawprints and we’re giving $24,000 to Natchez Spay Neuter in addition to $15,000 that we’re already doing for the Humane Society,” Gibson said.
Learn about adoptable friends and how you can help. hoofbeatsandpawprintsrescue.org.