Columbus Lowndes Humane Society

50 Airline Road  •  Columbus, MS 39702  •  (662) 327-3107 phone  •  (662) 798-0063 fax  •  Find Us on Facebook

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What's Happening at CLHS: EVENTS

Jyl Barefield

CLHS Board President  
Jyl is a lifelong resident of Colmbus, MS. She graduated from MS State University with a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. After retiring from the public school system, Jyl began volunteering for the CLHS, helping at events and walking dogs. In January of 2014, she joined the CLHS board. Over the years, she has volunteered for the Good Samaritan Medical clinic, Market Street, Columbus Arts Council, and the Lowndes County Relay for Life.

Brenda Comer

CLHS Board Vice President 
Brenda is a lifelong resident of Columbus and Lowndes County. Married to Bubba Comer. Graduate of MUW. She has been employed at Bennett Ophthalmology Group for 29 years. Longtime supporter of CLHS and joined the Board of CLHS in 2007.

Katherine Mallory

CLHS Board Treasurer  
Katherine Mallory is the newest member of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society Board of Directors. A native of Canton, she and her husband, Marcus, have lived in Columbus for 17 years with their two children, Marcus Jr. and Patrick.

Teresa Palmer Miley

CLHS Board Assistant Treasurer 
Originally from Amory, MS, Teresa graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Accounting. She moved to Columbus in 1991 and joined the CLHS Board that same year. She has been employed at BankTEL Systems for the past 12 years.

Becky Cunningham

Board Member for CLHS since 2011 
Becky is a life long resident of Columbus, MS and graduated from MSU with a Business Degree. She retired from the District Attorneys office after 32 years as a Victims Advocate. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church 

Chase Pridmore

CLHS Board Member Since 2016  
Chase is a Columbus native and graduate from Mississippi State University, where she earned her degree in public relations and communications. She realized she wanted to be involved in helping animals when she adopted her dog, Moby, from CLHS in 2012.


The photos below give you a glimpse into the environment here at the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society.  We are very proud of our new facility and grateful to all who contributed to it's creation. Come on in, take a look around. You'll be glad you did.

The CLHS offers a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program for anyone receiving government assistance. Qualifying programs include Medicaid, Food Stamps, WIC, Disability, Social Security Disability, Aid to families with Dependent Children, CHIPS, or if you are a current college student. If you qualify, come to the shelter prepay and fill out the consent form and we will make you an appointment.

Spay / Neuter Pricing:

Dogs: $45 (if over 70 pounds will be more depending on weight)

Cats: $35

What to expect:

To make an appointment you need to come to CLHS and prepay for your appointment and fill out your surgery consent form. When we have an appointment date we will call you to confirm that date.

Pre-surgery instructions include:

- Do not allow your pet to eat after 10pm the night before the surgery. Water is ok.
- Bring in outside or confine outside pets the night before to prevent them from getting into food or running off.
- Please ensure your pet is free of fleas and ticks. This is for the protection of the other pets in the shelter. Your pet will not be able to be bathed or groomed for 10-14 days after surgery.
- Let CLHS know if your pet is showing any signs of sickness.
- All dogs MUST be brought in on a leash. If your dog is aggressive, make sure to have a muzzle on him/her before entering the shelter.
- All cats MUST be brought in to the shelter in a carrier. Each cat should have its own carrier.

Day of surgery:

Please arrive at 8:00am (no later than 8:15am) on the day of your pet’s appointment. All surgeries will be completed and you can pick your pet up between 4:00-5:00pm that same day. All pets MUST be picked up by 5:00 that same day!

Why spay/neuter?

There are many reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered. The top three are Pet Overpopulation, Health Benefits for your pet, and Behavioral Benefits for your pet.

• Pet Overpopulation:

- The U.S. has a severe pet overpopulation crisis and the ONLY way to prevent this is to spay and neuter.

- 6-8 million pets enter animal shelters each year.

- 3-4 million pets are euthanized in those shelters.

- Every summer, CLHS experiences “kitten season”, in which hundreds of kittens flood the shelter at once. Most of these kittens are born at the same time because cats breed based on the weather; long days and warm weather are their triggers that it is time to have kittens.

- Spay/Neuter is the ONLY way we will be able to overcome the pet overpopulation crisis that plagues our nation.

• Heath Benefits include:

- Spay and Neutered pets are less likely to roam, which in turn decreases lifetime emergency veterinary costs due to lessened chances of being hit by a car or the pet going missing.

- Spayed and Neutered pets live an average of 2 years longer than unfixed pets.

- Spay and Neuter reduces and totally eliminates some forms of cancers and certain types of infections that can be life threatening.

- Spay and Neuter eliminates the health risks associated with a female pet giving birth.

• Behavioral Benefits include:

- Spayed and Neutered pets are less likely to roam, decreasing their chances of being hit by a car or go missing.

- Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to take part in nuisance behaviors like mounting, urine marking, and yowling.

- Spayed female cats and dogs do not go through the messy heat cycles.

- Spay and Neuter can reduce or eliminate fighting between male cats and aggression in dogs.

Are you considering giving up your pet?

We understand that sometimes it's just not possible to keep a pet, but before making the decision to give up your pet, please consider all of your options. When you surrender a pet to any shelter, the transition can be difficult. Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal. 

Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, please do these things:

  • Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems.
  • Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
  • Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
  • Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
  • Re-home your pet to a new home yourself. This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that he is going to a good new home.

Please also consider the following advice:

  • DON'T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
  • DON'T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn't always happen.
  • DON'T give your pet away to a stranger. You don't know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.

If you have made every attempt to find your pet a home and have been unsuccessful; and you live in the city of Columbus or Lowndes County; you can surrender your pet here for a $20 surrender fee for each dog and a $10 surrender fee for each cat. If you found a stray and live in the city of Columbus or Lowndes County you can bring that animal to the CLHS. We encourage people to bring lost or abandoned animals to our shelter in hopes we can find their owners or a new forever home.

Strays may be brought to the shelter Monday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm and Saturday 11 am - 3 pm.

However, owner surrendered animals are accepted by appointment only. This is to ensure that we have adequate space. If you need to surrender, please call (662) 327-3107 for an appointment.

No animals can be surrendered at any other times.

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect, abandonment and exploitation, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion.

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