Copiah Animal Shelter (Copiah County Animal Shelter, Inc.), is a nonprofit, volunteer-led, limited-intake animal welfare organization supporting Copiah County, Mississippi (MS) and neighboring communities.
CAS provides shelter and medical care to lost and abandoned animals until permanent placement in loving homes can be arranged through pet adoption...
Where It All Began
The need for an animal shelter has been discussed in the past; however, Beckey Holifield, DVM put the idea on wheels and got it rolling. Calling together others with the same concern, the first meeting was held in June 2011, and CAS was officially founded in July. Seven Board Members were elected. The first animal adoptions were in October 2011. Founding Secretary/Treasurer Jayne Wells had previous shelter experience and was instrumental in helping Copiah Animal Shelter get off to a great start.
Dr. Holified: "As responsible citizens, we need to provide an animal shelter and rescue program based upon the humane treatment of animals and the understanding that homeless animals, especially dogs and cats, suffer as a result of having no food, shelter, or from injury sustained while straying. They also may suffer from infestation with internal and external parasites, and diseases needing medical attention. Such parasites and diseases can infect a large community of pets and domestic animals."
Copiah Animal Shelter (Copiah County Animal Shelter, Inc.) received 501c3 nonprofit approval in September 2012, which allows us to apply for private foundation and government grants. CAS is "community-sustained" -- operating solely on donations from the community, membership dues, small adoption fees, fundraising efforts of volunteers, and applying for grants. We have already been awarded several small grants for Shelter animal spay/neuter, and TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) for feral cats in the community. Copiah Animal Shelter currently receives NO city or county funding.
In May 2012 CAS modified a former auto repair shop building now on the grounds of "All About Animals Veterinary Clinic" in Crystal Springs, MS. The starter home held 9 inside kennels and space for 2-3 cats in the "Cat Corner". Several foster families also house animals on a temporary basis.
In 2015 with some rearranging, local donations, and a grant, CAS replaced the aging dog kennels and added several new small kennels to bring capacity up to 15. Copiah Animal Shelter is raising funds for a larger building designed for animal care and for facilitating pet adoptions. Update 8/19: See below. The shell to our new larger building is up at our current location! We have a long way to go and will complete it in phases as finances allow.
All the help CAS receives is from dedicated people who volunteer their time and talents to make it all come together. It is a large undertaking; however, with the continued support of local agencies, business, and private citizens, Copiah Animal Shelter has become a reality and is making a positive difference in the lives of homeless animals!
8/2019: Wow! After 8 years of slowly adding to the Building Fund, the shell of the new building is up at our current location! We'll be moving animals over to the new space to increase animal capacity as soon as basic services are ready even if the building isn't finished. We still have a long way to go. The building will be completed in phases as donations allow.
4/2021: Animals were moved over to the new building! There are still many projects to complete. We had difficulty getting kennels sized to maximize the space with Pandemic supply issues. We doubled capacity to 26 dog kennels. Larger kennels are so nice for the dogs. Cleaning is more efficient, too. Small cat room needs work. We are sooo grateful for the much-needed space to help more animals!
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