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

• June 10, July 8, August 12: 4Paws Mississippi: PUPPY FOAM PARTY

Animal Clinic of Columbus, 3157 Hwy 45 North

1:00 - 3:00pm

Bring in a dirty mutt and leave doggone clean!

Baths, Mani/Pedi, pawlish, & mutt massages 

 

• November 11, November 18, December 2: 4Paws Mississippi: PET PICTURES

Columbus Lowndes Humane Society

1:00 - 3:00pm

Professional photography CD of your pet(s) with Santa

These make great holiday cards and gifts!

 

 

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.

Animals may be surrendered Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

No animals can be surrendered at any other times.

Up to 8 million animals end up in shelters every year. Unfortunately, only 15-20% of dogs and less than 2% of cats are ever reclaimed by their owners. One of the ways to increase the chances of finding your lost pet is having it microchipped.

A needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read by a scanner.

It can be done to lots of different animals, including horses, dogs, cats, ferrets, and most other mammals.

It takes the same amount of time it takes to give any injection. It takes seconds. It takes more time to do the paperwork than implant the microchip.

How will this help you if you lose your pet? It’s only going to help if someone picks up your pet and takes him to a shelter or veterinarian’s office to be scanned for a chip. Some people think chips are like a tracker or a GPS device, but a microchip only works if someone scans the chip.

Once they get the chip’s number, and the company that made the chip, they’ll contact that company to find the owner. And that’s one of the most important things people need to remember - the chip is only as good as the registration. A lot of people think, “OK, I’ve got this in. I’m done.” But if your registration isn’t submitted and then kept current, it’s useless. That’s been a big gap. Many more pets are microchipped than are properly registered. You have to get the paperwork and make sure that chip is registered to you, with your phone numbers. And if you move or you change your phone numbers, you have to update that information. This is very important.

We routinely microchip every dog that is adopted through CLHS with the cost of it being covered in the adoption fee.  If you would like your cat microchipped, or have a pet at home that needs one, we can do that as well.  The microchipping fee is  $25/per animal.

Pet Adoptions

We are open for pet adoptions Monday - Friday, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Animal Sheltering

Between 4,000 and 5,000 lost and homeless animals are surrendered to our shelter each year. If determined adoptable, they are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and made available to the public.



Animal Surrendering

We encourage people to bring lost or abandoned animals to our shelter. Animals may be surrendered Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. No animals can be surrendered on Sunday.

Host for Low Income Spay and Neuter Program

If any member of your household is receiving government assistance, you may qualify for the low income spay and neuter program. Qualifying programs include Medicaid, Food Stamps, WIC, Disability, Social Security Disability, Aid to families with Dependent Children, or CHIPS. If you qualify, you can schedule to have your animals spayed or neutered for a $35 donation per animal. $45 if you receive SSI or a current College Student. Please call (662) 327-3107 to find out more or to get signed up.

1. Why do you want to adopt a pet?

Are you looking for the loyal and steady companionship that an animal can offer? Are you hoping to fill the empty place left after a pet has passed? Maybe you want a companion for your child. Knowing why you're preparing to bring a pet home will help you to determine the species and breed that will fit your lifestyle.

2. Are you ready to make a long-term commitment?

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs, your animal will remain a permanent part of your life. If circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?

3. Do you know what kind of pet is right for you?

Your personality and lifestyle, along with challenges such as space restrictions and amount of time spent at home, should be explored to determine what pet is right for your household. Research different breeds and ask shelter staffers what animals they recommend—they're experts at making perfect matches!

4. Can you afford to care for your pet's health and safety?

Owning a dog or cat costs more than the initial adoption fee. Food, veterinary care, spaying or neutering and proper identification—that means a collar with tags and a more permanent form of ID such as microchipping—can add up. Check out our Pet Ownership Costs chart to determine what you can expect to pay annually for your pet.

5. Will you be able to spend quality time together?

Dogs thrive on several hours of exercise and companionship every day, and pooches who are constantly left alone can develop behavioral problems. Cats are healthiest and happiest indoors and love to be treated to energetic play sessions with their human families. If your work demands that you travel often, or if you're out of the house most days and evenings, this may not be the right time to adopt.

6. Are you prepared to deal with an animal's health challenges?

Fleas, allergies and sudden medical issues are just a few of the health-related problems that potential pet owners may face. Can you care for your pet if he gets sick?

7. Are you willing to train your animal companion?

Lack of training is one of the most common reasons that adopters return pets to shelters—are you willing to solve behavior problems? Basic training helps dogs and their owners communicate better, strengthening the relationship overall. And taking the time to understand why your cat does what she does, especially when it involves her litter box and scratching habits, will help you avoid potential problems.

8. Are you prepared to pet-proof your home?

Whether it's tightly sealing your garbage cans or paying attention to dangerous decorations during the holidays, you'll need to make your home safe before adopting. That includes keeping toxic foods, pet-unfriendly plants and dangerous household items out of paw's reach.

9. Is your living space adequate for an animal companion?

Be sure to choose an animal who will thrive in your home. If you're attracted to energetic large-breed dogs, but live in a small apartment, will your pooch have enough room? If you live on a noisy street, will it disturb your cat? Also consider that many landlords don't allow pets or place restrictions on having them. Be sure to check out your "house rules" before adopting.

10. Is your family ready for a pet?

If your kids are still toddlers, you might consider waiting a few years before adopting, as pet ownership ideally is a team effort. Children who are mature enough can happily share pet-care duties. You may also have another pet at home who's not yet—or may never be—ready to share his kingdom with another animal.

SOURCE: ASPCA.ORG

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