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

Thank you for choosing to donate your items to the CLHS Rummage Shop. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We care for and adopt out homeless animals in Lowndes County. Questions? Please call 662-327-3107 and ask for Karen. Thank you again for your donations. All proceeds from the sale of donated items support the CLHS.

We are no longer holding monthly rummage sales, however we will have a yearly rummage sale. We also may have sales periodically throughout the year at different locations. Because of this consolidation, we will only receive items in new or excellent condition. Please donate items of value so we can make good money for the animals at the shelter! Please No Junk! We do not have time to rummage through and separate. Thank you for your support. We could not accomplish all we do without you!

Donation Hours:

Donations are accepted during shelter hours at the new location 50 Airline Road: Monday - Friday: 11 am to 5 pm and Saturday 11am to 3pm.
For large items or large amounts of donations, please call the shelter to arrange someone to meet you at the 13 Airline Rd location.
Please do not leave items at any other time. Thank you for your cooperation.
We are happy to provide a tax deduction donation slip at the time of donation.
If you need assistance with pick up of large items, or have questions about this service, call Karen at 662-327-3107.

Condition of Donations:

All donations should be clean, in good to excellent condition, working, and in current style.

Items we CAN ACCEPT:


Fans, heaters, microwaves and small dorm refrigerators
All appliances should be clean, safe and in working order.
No damaged cords, please.


Cell phones, cameras, DVD players, gaming systems, GPS devices, MP3 players, speakers, stereo equipment, radios, lamps.

All electronics should be complete and in working condition.


Furniture in good clean condition with no stains, deep scratches or broken parts.


China, dish sets, coffee makers, crystal, framed artwork, lamps, microwaves, mixers, pots and pans, picture frames, pottery, Pyrex dishes, flatware and silverware, small kitchen appliances, scrapbook/art supplies, candles, office supplies, yard tools, clean area rugs, knick knacks.

All small household appliances should be clean, safe and in working order.
No damaged cords, please.


We accept all jewelry.


Bicycles, brief cases, collectibles, sewing/craft supplies, DVDs, luggage, office equipment, totes, unused candles, wicker baskets, playpens, cribs.


Cat trees, crates, small/medium fish tanks, food and water bowls, leashes and collars, non-prescription medicine, towels, toys, unopened and non-expired pet food and unopened cat litter (this will go to the CLHS shelter), clothing, dog houses, dog igloos in good condition.
Please make sure that items are clean, complete and rust and/or stain-free.


The following is a select list of items we CANNOT ACCEPT:

Bed pillows, Clothing, Car seats, video tape recorders, Intimate items, swim suits, underwear/undergarments, Pornography, flammables, Books, Computer Equipment, Linens, telephones, sports equipment, bird cages, old box tv, and toys.

Please be mindful that donated items we cannot sell must be disposed of at our time and cost, which takes precious resources away from animals in need.

In 1953 a small group of concerned citizens undertook the care of a few animals that were abandoned by their owners. We have no documentation of how this effort was accomplished or the length of time involved. A brief outline available to us now indicates that in 1970 the Lowndes County Humane Society was organized. In 1971 the name was changed to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and we became a 501 (c) 3 organization. Our original facility constructed in 1976, was built at 13 Airline Road atop an old abandoned landfill. Over time, the unstable grounds began to shift, resulting in serious structural damage. It became increasingly difficult to properly care for our animals and also safety issues became a concern.

For reasons stated above, we were in desperate need of a new facility. Thankfully, due to a generous donor, we were given the deed to 6.2 acres of land to build a new facility. The land has been cleared by 3 business owners, giving freely the use of their equipment and man power to prepare the site for building. 

In order to meet the expectations and extreme need, we knew we must build a new facility to house the animals entrusted to us. Time was of the essence.

Over the course of 15 years we planned, dreamed, and solicited funds to make the new and improved Columbus Lowndes Humane Society a reality! The weekend of Labor Day in September 2013 we were blessed to begin moving into our new facility located at 50 Airline Road.

Our new shelter brings animals and humans together in an exciting space to increase adoption programs while educating the public on pet care, animal population control, and the value of animals to our society. The design provides a safe, stimulating, and healthy environment for animals. Proper function and flow was included to insure the success of our shelter. Our animal shelter is an attractive and inviting facility that stands as a pillar in our community. Now and hopefully for many many years to come.

We say “Thank You” to each and every person who contributed monetarily and in kind to help make the New and Improved CLHS facility a Reality. We couldn’t have done it without your generosity, love, and support!

The CLHS Board thanks you and the animals thank you!

The Homeward Bound Project of MS is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization operating since 2007 in Starkville, MS. Homeward Bound is run entirely by volunteers, most of whom are attending or working at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They work with shelters in Mississippi to transport adoptable dogs (and sometimes cats) to adoption guaranteed rescues in the Northeast, thereby giving them a chance at a better life. Homeward Bound volunteers are incredibly passionate about the work they do and we welcome you to find that passion too!

The Homeward Bound Project started in 2007 with three Mississippi State University vet students, Megan Caulfield, Krista Gazzola, and Amy White, who noticed the imbalance between the large supply of adoptable dogs in the South and the high demand in the Northeast. They set to work creating the first successful transport program developed, maintained, and operated by students at a veterinary school. Their mission was to take adoptable puppies and young adult dogs from overcrowded shelters in the South, and transport them to adoption guaranteed shelters in the Northeast, where there is a high demand for adoptable dogs. Today, the Homeward Bound Project is still run by vet students and continues to send deserving dogs up north with a chance for a better life. 

All pets taken north by Homeward Bound are spayed or neutered, have age-appropriate vaccinations, have been screened for diseases, and have spent their last 14 days in Mississippi homes in foster care. All of these animals have been tested for heartworms and have been started on heartworm and flea/tick preventatives prior to being sent on their way to their new homes up north!

The PetSmart Rescue Waggin' program helps us move unwanted dogs to places where they're in demand. Location is everything: Some cities have too many homeless dogs and puppies; others have waiting adopters.

So every day, the PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin’ program picks up selected dogs and puppies from partner shelters in areas where there are more dogs and puppies than can be placed through adoption. Then we transport them to places where they get adopted, often within days.

In fact, the Rescue Waggin' program has helped save the lives of more than 70,000 dogs and puppies since we started it in 2004.

Karen Johnwick

Director of CLHS since Dec 2007
Married to Jeff Johnwick for 20 years, active duty military wife for over 20 years. Mother of two wonderful teenagers that attend Columbus Christian Academy, 7 dogs and 2 cats. Born in Florida, lived in Ohio, England, and Mississippi. Karen has worked with animals most of her life and hopes to continue to do so as long as she lives.

Jason Nickles

Manager (or as he likes to call himself “Jack of all trades”) for CLHS since 2006 
Has a B.S. in Business and over 15yrs experience assisting veterinarians. Married to Cassidi Nickles and father of Rushton. When Jason is not saving cats and dogs, you can find him racing motorcycles most weekends.

Trudy McDanell

Senior Care Animal Attendant for CLHS since 2011 
Married to Dennis McDanell, mother of three sons. Originally from California, moved to MS 2003. Trudy has rescued 5 furbabies from CLHS and have fostered countless.

Lisa Richard

Office Manager for CLHS since 2010 
Lisa is a proud mother of 2 boys Justin & Chase. She was born & raised in Birmingham AL. Lisa was employed as a hairstylist & modeled clothes, until she moved to Columbus MS in 1990. She has 4 rescue animals. They are the loves of her life. Piper, Gizmo, & 2 spotted geckos. Plus the 2 she already had, Cole & Echo.

Darlene Brown

Head Cat Attendant for CLHS since 2010 
Born in Cat Fish Alley Columbus, MS, moved to MI and married Clyde Brown. Has two sons Seth and Phillip. Grandmother of 2 boys and 2 girls. 

Nicole Fain

Volunteer Coordinator and Animal Care Attendant for CLHS Since 2011 
In addition to serving as volunteer coordinator for the past 3 years, Nicole has also had the pleasure of volunteering at off-site adoption events, fundraisers and supply drives. In early 2014 she began working part-time as an animal care attendant. Other areas of interest include fostering mother cats with litters, bottle feeding orphan kittens, writing grant proposals, and advancing TNR projects. She grew up in Virginia and is a RN. Her husband is a retired air force pilot, currently working as a simulator pilot. They have been married 23 years and have six children, ages 7-17. They live in Caledonia, MS.

Mikayla Reed

Animal Care Attendant for CLHS since 2014 
Currently enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and majoring in Psychology. Future goals involve becoming a Psychiatrist in the World’s Greatest Air Force! Mikayla’s weekends are spent racing motocross with her awesome dad and she absolutely adores going to school and working at CLHS!

Chris McDanell

Animal Care Attendant for CLHS since 2011 
Moved from California to Mississippi in 2002. Helped with fostering dogs with his mother Trudy for years. 

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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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