ANIMAL RESCUE FUND OF MISSISSIPPI

Rating: 4.5 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1317 Greymont Ave % Elizabeth Jackson Jackson MS 39202 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a wonderful organization!!! ARF is such a special place- It has been such a treat to watch them grow from a grass roots organization born out of the director, Elizabeth Jackson's love, and dedication to animals after hurricane Katrina displaced and left so many abandoned animals in the Jackson metro area after the storm to the wonderful inner city shelter it is today. . She has taken ARF from a dream to one of the most amazing no kill shelters in the state of Mississippi!! ARF is such a well run, top notch facility where the animals are loved and well cared for. Kudos to Mr and Mrs Jackson for all the sacrifices they make in their lives so that so many animals can have a better life!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them create a marketing dept so their story could be spread to many more people!!

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I learned about ARF of MS last year and have enjoyed following them and their stories. I am an avid animal lover and love reading all of their success stories. I live out of state but feel close and connected to them through the common bond of animal care. Even though I've seen and worked with many other shelters, in several different states, they stand out to me. Their care and concern for the welfare of ALL animals is genuine and their organization is unique. Whenever I am able I love being able to donate what I can and help them. I can't wait until I can come visit them one day!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get more grants so they can help more and help educate the people about all ARF does and the importance of spay/neuter

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have adopted two dogs from this wonderful shelter. The staff has a knack for finding the right animal for the right home. Within only 2 hours our first dog had already made himself at home and found his favorite spots in the house. We were so happy with our first adoption we decided to give a second dog a home and have never regretted out decision. We continue to support this shelter whenever we can and need to do more. It's heartwarming to have a no kill shelter in the area helping animals that are thrown away like nothing more than trash.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them receive a million dollar donation and move the shelter into the Governor's Mansion.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for ARF for over 5 years and have had a great experience there. They help as many animals as they can, and people don't realize how much pressure is put on them to help ALL of them. They do their best, and it really shows. I adopted my dog from them, and I can't imagine where he would be now if it wasn't for them. This is a great organization that needs more volunteers and donations to help the animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out a way for them to receive more grants so they can help more animals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor of giving two tours at the new ARF facility yesterday. I didn't call ahead, didn't give any warning. Just showed up with friends. I do volunteer there one day a week and am very proud of the new facility. Yesterday, these two families were very impressed and pleased with all they saw. ARF has grown in many ways. Adoption rates have doubled, volunteers are there daily, attitudes are good all the way around. This is a tough business. The stories are sad, the funds are low, the moral however is high at ARF. All are welcome to visit, volunteer and adopt. You will be greeted by people who genuinely want to be there and expect no personal gain or recognition. Just good folks wanting to do good for the animals. Glad to be a part of this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them an air conditioning system. :)

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A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I volunteered for this organization for over 2 years. when i started, people started to warn me about their director Elizabeth Pippa Jackson. These were people that called her their friend and workers there as well. They told me she misused funds and was mean as a snake. I foolishly did not believe it because she charmed me.
After being there a few months, I first hand witnessed them using grants and donations for things other than what they were intended. They would lie to the public to get support and trick people into donating money. Their rescue was a hell hole for animals on Rankin County. They were kicked out of Rankin County for good reason. They were hoarding animals. The director never visited the shelter. They hired drug addicts and people with criminal histories hoping they would be loyal and keep their mouth shut. Many of the animals were not spayed so they reproduced. They did not vet the animals. Several died of heat strokes cause there was no shelter from the heat and sun and rain. The vets they used would all say that their dogs were eat up with worms and diseases. They never treated a single animal for heartworms, and did not warn adopters of that. So most had deadly heartworms. The kennels were so overcrowded the animals would get in fights real often. Many got terrible wounds. Some were disabled. Some had eyes missing, even some with missing limbs from fighting.
The main caregiver at the shelter kicked and abused the dogs. They often ran out of food and did not provide clean water. They won a grant to build a cat building. Instead of using the money for that, they just put an old trailer, like from the back of an 18 wheeler, and put cats in it. The cats all had diseases, watery eyes, coughing, not worth adopting. There was no vents. Litter never cleaned.
The dog kennels were caked in a mix of mud pee and poop. They were all outside with no cover over them so every time it rained it made more mud. The dogs never got walks or baths.
Then that Pippa woman would drive volunteers away on droves. She is a psycho b***h. She calls an haraases people, threatens them, posts all kinds of crazy, mean posts on her facebook page. If you dared question her, she would tell lies about you to get other people to hate you. Even her closest allys will tell you she is a mean grinch. She does not care about the animals. She does it for attention. The only people who care are the volunteers. and they all end up leaving cause of her.
They wont even let people in their house cause they horde animal there as well. There neighbors would often tell us about how the dogs howled all night and that they had destroyed the inside of home. So they jsut waited for her mom to die and moved in her house and left the dogs in the old house. There was a very suspicious fire at their old house while dogs and cats were in it. Insurance would not even pay for it and is still investigating it. she used that to beg for money again and used it on herself, not the animals or repairs.
They also owe over 15 vets in town 100,000 or more total. They find a new vet and run up a bunch of bills then leave and never pay them. She has been arrested for bad checks and not paying bills. Check her record. she also got arrested in rankin county for dumping a dog at somebody's house an would not come get it. she tells people she was arrested for not rescuing an animal. The don't even make sense.
She is also an alcoholic and uses drugs. She gets drunk every night and gets on websites posting threats and talking bad about people. She abuses her husband.
I wish I had never met her. I stayed for the animals. Then she started real bad rumors about a bunch of us to get us to leave. she knew we were leading an investigation and documenting things. That is when she started lying to the public about why she had to leave Rankin County.
She has some powerful friends so she gets away with things. They threaten and bully people, send anonymous letters, have fake lawyers send letters.
When ARF is in contests, they also pay for votes. They tried to accuse another shelter of doing this when they were. They paid for votes for themselves and the other shelter. Then they reported the other place to try and get them kicked out of contest.
Pippa has lots of supporters. It is bc they never went to her old shelter or they would not be loving her. They have anew place in jackson now. it is a big plae with no air or heat. they had to give all the dogs and cats shots, baths and flea and tick meds when they got there cause they had never kept records at the old place and had no idea which ones had gotten them. Many never had. Still do not prevent heartworms. they even had people checkin of the dogs were spayed cause they did not know whoch ones were not. Awful.
After you adopt they charge you $120 and say you have to take dog to get fixed and they pay for it. But when you call to get it done, they dodge the calls. They will scream and holler at people for not fixing their pets but do not even do it to their own adoptions. they also say that money covers shots but half the time don't give them. and they tell you to call back for rest of shots, then never give them. lots of adopters will tell you that.
They have had parvo at the old and new shelter so many times bc they do not give shots. they don't even post about it most of time cause they do not want people to know. all there dogs have invisible hookworms which causes bloody poop.
Pippa steals dogs too. there is video on youtube.
charles is mean too. that is her husband. he cusses at people.
If you give them money you are supporting animal abuse and neglect. They have been investigated by human society. Still are i think. And other places are looking into them to cause I keep getting calls. So i decided i need post this so people know. it is time to shut em down.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Turn animals over to HSUS and shut it down. Now that that they have a big building it will get worse. They will just keep getting more animals. They can't afford to care for them. As much as I love animals most would be better off being put to sleep. They have many health problems and too many dogs are there. Most will live their whole life in cages with no vet care. I put I have no impact while there cause for every one i helped they brought in 5 more they wont help.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is the real deal! They care for the most animals with the absolute least overhead. Their facility is simple and spotless. Volunteers are inspired by the founder to show love and compassion to any and all God's creatures. Using a "no-kill" shelter philosophy, they turn none away and always find ways to mend broken bodies and treat painful memories. This group deserves our support!

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Unlikely

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the founder and director of this organization. The org is responsible for rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of multitudes of animals from the southeastern united states. We take in the animals that others reject and look away from whilst traveling down the road of life. We give a chance to those others would ignore. We take on their cause and give them a voice. Currently, we are re-writing our business plan and relocating to a location to provide our residents a more accessible option for the public to come and consider them in their lives. WE are a positive opportunity for homeless animals within our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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