Posted on: May 22, 2017

Hard Work and Innovation Help DeSoto County Shelter Thrive

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On any given day, DeSoto County Animal Services’ staff can be found putting in the hours of hard work that are required to maintain the DeSoto County Animal Shelter. In between mopping floors and cleaning kennels, these dedicated individuals spend time working with each animal to ensure they are physically and socially prepared for their adoptions into permanent homes. The work done by staff members, as well as the enthusiastic support of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors are key reasons why the shelter has seen a steady increase in adopted animals since 2014. Shelter adoptions have risen from 637 in 2014 to 920 in 2016, and 513 pets have already been adopted in 2017. “We are proud of our shelter and our animal shelter staff,” said District Two Supervisor Mark Gardner. “You couldn’t find a better staff. They’re always working hard to place the shelter’s cats and dogs in a new home.” 

According to DeSoto County’s Director of Animal Services, Monica Mock, operating a shelter is a team effort and each staff member must bring a mentality of hard work and creativity to the job. Last week, two Chihuahua puppies were surrendered to the DeSoto County Animal Shelter and the individuals who brought them to the shelter claimed that the mother dog was ignoring the puppies and refused to feed them. Unable to find another dog in the shelter who was willing to feed the two, newborn puppies, Animal Shelter Staff turned to an unlikely source. In a moment of innovation, the two puppies were added to the litter of three week old kittens, fed by a shelter cat named Sweet Pea. Hesitant at first, Sweet Pea adopted the two Chihuahua puppies as her own, ensuring they were fed and watching over them (Pictured Above). 

“We want the public to know the lengths that our staff goes to to help the survival and adoptability of every animal that comes through the door,” explained Director Monica Mock. “It would have been easy to say ‘those dogs are unweaned, so they’re not going to make it’, but we didn’t do that. We innovated,” continued Director Mock.

Inside the shelter, dozens of kennels line the walls, containing dogs and cats that have been nursed back to health and prepared for adoption by the dedicated staff of the DeSoto County Animal Shelter. If you are looking to add a pet to your family, the DeSoto County Animal Shelter is asking that you open your home to a shelter pet. The Animal Shelter is located at 1251 Humane Way in Nesbit and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM and Saturday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM.  For more information, DeSoto County Animal Services can be contacted at 662-469-8004.

Tanner Kuntz

Public Information Officer

DeSoto County Board of Supervisors



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