West Point - Clay County Animal Shelter full of adoptable pets

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

With the rising summer temperatures comes the rise in animals available for adoption at the West Point - Clay County Animal Shelter.
Animal Shelter Director Lisa Henley said there were more pets at the shelter during the spring and summer because more animals were born during the warmer months and then the litters were brought in to the shelter.
“Spring and summer is higher because litters come in, especially kittens,” she said. “Right now we are overflowing.”
Henley said cats and kittens were $30 to adopt, and dogs and puppies were $40.
“You get a pet that is current on vaccinations and spayed or neutered for $30 or $40, and you really can’t beat that,” she said. “We are also not in competition with other shelters in the area, so if you don’t find the right pet for you here, we will recommend you to another shelter. The most important thing is that homeless animals are adopted.”
Henley said the West Point - Clay County Animal Shelter worked with Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to provide medical care to the pets in the shelter.
Henley said the first step in adopting a pet from the shelter was to provide a reference from one’s veterinarian, and the shelter will contact the veterinarian to ensure one was in good standing and all other pets have been properly cared for.
She said if one has never owned a pet before, he or she needed to find a veterinarian prior to adopting to have records sent to.
She said anyone wanting to adopt had to also be 18 or older, have consent from all other adults in the house to adopt, provide a picture identification and utility bill with name and current address and the contact information of a landlord if needed.
“If someone rents, we contact the landlord to make sure the pet will be allowed at the rental property,” Henley said. “Some properties or cities have breed or size regulations for dogs.”
She said home visits were mandatory for adoptions of Pit Bull Terriers because, due to their size and energy level, they are commonly chained outside.
Henley said fostering to adopt was another option for those looking to adopt a new pet.
“Our goal is 100 percent spay or neutered pets,” she said. “If you live in Clay County or a county that touches Clay County, you can bring in two proofs of street address and you can foster to adopt pending surgery. The pet is property of the shelter until the spay or neuter is complete.”
She said foster to adopt also worked as a trial period of two to four weeks to make sure the new pet was a good fit for the the family, especially for older dogs.
For more information about pets available for adoption visit the West Point - Clay County Animal Shelter at 5122 Old Tibbee Rd, or call 524-4430.