Southern Pines Animal Shelter

Rating: 4.33 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 2021 Hattiesburg MS 39403 USA

Mission: The shelter cares for about 200 animals on any given day. In 2007, we received 9197 lost, stray, and unwanted pets. SPAS is an open admission shelter; no animal is turned away. We receive animals from a 12-county area of south Mississippi.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been volunteering at the shelter for about a year now and I really enjoy working there. The staff are nice and take the time to connect with you and explain to you what help they need done. I also enjoy how there are more opportunties to volunteer than just at the shelter. There is the spay/neuter clinc and fundraising events. A few months ago, I showed my shelter pride by helping them out in a fairy tale themed parade. I've volunteered in other places, but I continue volunteering at the Shelter because the people there make me feel like I am one of their own.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the community where so many people appreciate free shots given and the lower cost of spay/neuter surgeries.

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

be exhausted by everything they do

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They thank me for the work I've done even if all I have done is a small task.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, appreciative, enjoyed working there

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give free health care to the pet owners that could not afford it and build a bigger shelter to help more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I'm not sure

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really do enjoy volunteering here

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter for several years in a variety of roles. I started by assisting with the shelter's animal adoption program at our local PetSmart. I then began working along with other volunteers at the SPAS low-cost spay/neuter service program. We started with a two day per month cooperative service through a statewide alliance. After two years of demonstrating the need and support for such services, SPAS opened a four day per week low-cost spay/neuter clinic. This successful effort is a clear demonstration of the organization's focus on long-term solutions. This focus is paired with an absolute committment to providing humane and responsible care for every animal at the shelter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating the public about the plight of animals in our community and what everyone can do to help.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inspirational example of other volunteers and staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide free spay/neuter services for every animal in our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have always been interested in the plight of lost, abandoned, and surrendered companion animals. I was a long-time donor to Southern Pines Animal Shelter before I began to be active on the Advisory Committee and, later, the Board of Directors, where I serve now as Treasurer. SPAS has undergone significant transformation from an under-funded holding facility with bad conditions for the animals to a clean, bright and large facility where there is hope for those animals who come into our care. In the past few years, we have enlisted community support, such as PetSmart where we are an adoption partner and keep cats and kittens in their store for adoption. We have many community businesses who donate money and services, including some on our Board of Directors. In 2008, I led the Board on a strategic planning session, the first ever for this group. Out of that planning, we have grown our budget, our funding, our donor list, our contact with the community, and,most importantly, we opened a low-cost, high quality Spay & Neuter Clinic during Summer 2009. We recognize that the only way to effectively reduce the euthanasia rates is to address the issue of companion animal over-population. Our Shelter is still under-funded and under-staffed. We continue to build our donor base and have a plan to address and expand our municipal support base. The Board of Directors is active, committed, and engaged. Our two programs, Shelter & Spay/Neuter Clinic have operations managers who are excellent at their jobs. We are currently working to hire an Executive Director who will oversee both programs and work primarily on funding issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

-increased adoptions -opening of Spay/Neuter Clinic -increased municipal support

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Really being able to be part of making positive changes for our community and for the animals who come into our care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

- Volunteers are caring & committed; - Shelter staff care deeply about the animals and less so about human clients; - Clinic staff is highly professional and customer-oriented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

significantly reduce our euthanasia rates over 3-5 years through promoting free or very low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The ONLY solution to euthanasia of companion animals in the US is to address the issue of over-population.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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