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 who specializes in working with dogs with serious behavioral problems, including aggression. She is the author of five books on canine training and behavior.