A place calling itself an animal refuge in southern Mississippi had hundreds of animals confined in overcrowded crates lacking proper food, water or medical care and without protection from the elements. A new volunteer reported the conditions, which resulted in an investigation by the local sheriff’s department. The owner of the facility was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and the animals were taken to a local shelter. Some animals stayed at that shelter for treatment and to be adopted while others were transported to shelters in other states.
Taking care of a large number of animals that have been removed from an inhumane, neglectful or abusive situation costs money. The love and caring of volunteers is invaluable, but it still costs money for food, medicine, medical care, and supplies of all kinds. Grants of this magnitude are not common, but for cases of large numbers of animals with high needs, thousands of dollars can make the difference between being able to give the animals proper care and not being able to do so.
Karen B. London, PhD, is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer whose clinical work over the last 17 years has focused on the evaluation and treatment of serious behavioral problems in dogs, especially aggression. Karen has been writing the behavior column for The Bark since 2012 and wrote The Bark’s training column and various other articles for eight years before that. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, and teaches a tropical field biology course in Costa Rica. Karen writes an animal column, The London Zoo, which appear in The Arizona Daily Sun and is the author of five books on canine training and behavior. She is working on her next book, which she expects to be published in 2017.