We've Reached No-Kill Status!
Southern Pines Animal Shelter saved a total of 5,997 animals in 2016 and achieved no-kill status for the second year in a row with a 97.9% Placement Rate. This is a milestone in the 65 year history of the organization, making Southern Pines the largest open admission animal shelter to reach no-kill status in the state of Mississippi.
“We are so excited to be able to share this great news with our community,” said Ginny Sims, Director for Southern Pines Animal Shelter. “This accomplishment comes as a result of the ongoing support and dedication of a caring and compassionate community of donors, volunteers, partners, and supporters. It is only through their support that we will continue our mission and grow to accomplish more.”
Southern Pines is an open-admission shelter, meaning that the doors are always open for animals entering the program regardless of their age, health, or perceived adoptability. Since 2015, more than 12,000 dogs and cats have received the shelter and medical care they needed to find homes and families of their own.
This accomplishment comes through progressive shelter programs and services as well as the dedicated work of volunteers, fosters, community supporters, staff, and board of directors. Adoption programs designed to welcome adopters, create opportunities for support, and provide resources for pet care have helped the shelter to maintain high adoption rates. Innovative programs such as the Barn Cat and Healing Heart programs have also helped at-risk animals find homes through adoption.
Southern Pines has also established a transport program which helps pets move out of overcrowded shelters and into adoptive homes in other states. The program has been successful in drastically reducing euthanasia of at-risk animals, and Southern Pines now partners with 15 shelters and rescues across the state of Mississippi to help them place dogs and cats through the Southern Pines Transport Program. During 2016, more than 3,200 dogs and cats benefited from this program.
“Together, we have worked so hard over the last several years to really save more lives than we ever have before. We are proud to be a resource for communities around the state of Mississippi, and we have so many ideas and hopes for how to save more lives in the future,” said Sims.
Achieving no-kill status does not mean that animals are never humanely euthanized, but that euthanasia decisions are reserved for animals suffering from illness, injury, or extreme aggression which severely hinders their quality of life and the safety of the public. A 90% or higher placement rate is the nationally accepted no-kill standard, and Southern Pines has exceeded this qualification since December of 2014.
Other Key Accomplishments for the Southern Pines Organization:
The Southern Pines Spay & Neuter Clinic, which opened in 2009, has completed more than 40,000 spay and neuter surgeries to date. The clinic has saved more than 1.2 million lives by reducing the number of unwanted litters being born into Mississippi communities. Last year, the clinic launched a wellness program to provide low-cost healthy pet services to pets in need.
The Southern Pines Second Chance Thrift Shop, which opened in 2011, has raised more than $147,000 to save the lives of homeless, neglected and abused pets at Southern Pines. In addition, the Second Chance Thrift Shop is a vital part of the community and has also donated thousands of dollars in clothing and items to organizations assisting homeless populations and local at-risk youth.
2/23/2017 04:41:57 pm
Congratulations to the staff, volunteers and the community!
3/1/2017 07:10:54 am
Thank you! And thank you so much for being a big part of helping to make this a reality for our little shelter. We really appreciate you, Miss Dorothy!
2/25/2017 06:35:40 am
Congratulations! I adopted my Lilly from you in 2012 and she is precious to me!
3/1/2017 07:11:50 am
Thank you so much Margie! And thank you for adopting Lilly!
8/18/2018 09:50:12 am
Thanks to everyone that works to take care of these animals!!! They are all God’s creatures and deserve to be taken care of in such a great manner that you provide.
4/10/2019 01:31:51 pm
I have two very sweet large dogs that need to be rehomed they belong to my daddy and he passed away last year so I have been trying to Kate care of them plus my dogs and I just got nowhere I can't Feed them all I'm on disability and have limited funds it breaks my heart because I love them very much but they need more care than I can give him anymore and I would appreciate any help you could give me
10/3/2020 03:03:07 pm
After researching where our Haddie Mae could have come from we are quite sure it is the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. We purchased Haddie from the Pet Smart Charity program on Nov. 14, 2015. We were told that she was a transport from Hattiesburg to Pet Smart in Lansing, MI, some 968 miles away Lansing is located in the center of the state (or mitten) and Haddie lives another 30 miles north in St. Johns. She is doing fine and lives in a loving home with a loving family who holds her in their loving arms every day.
3/1/2021 04:19:07 am
Your very own commitment for getting the message throughout came to be rather powerful and have consistently enabled employees just like me to arrive at their desired goals.
3/8/2021 03:00:08 am
Good to know that some people really care about animals in this world where some people are just unpleasant with animals. good work keep it up!
1/5/2022 01:28:29 pm
This accomplishment comes as a result of the ongoing support and dedication of a caring and compassionate community of donors, volunteers, Thank you for the beautiful post!
10/2/2022 11:50:37 pm
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