HSSM's Four Hours for Freedom offers free pet adoptions Saturday

SUN HERALDJuly 3, 2014 

The Humane Society of South Mississippi will host Four Hours of Freedom, a pop-up adoption event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HSSM, 2615 25th Ave., Gulfport.

During those four hours only, adoption fees will be waived on adoptable pets in HSSM's care (some exclusions apply). In lieu of an adoption fee, HSSM is asking a donation (minimum $10, plus a $5 tag fee). HSSM's facility is full to capacity (housing about 300 pets at this time) and needs to find loving homes for its residents.

In addition to the fun-filled adoption pop-up event, HSSM officials are urging pet owners to take precautions to protect their pets from becoming lost during Independence Day festivities.

"To celebrate the independence of our country, we are inviting South Mississippi residents to give the gifts of freedom, independence and love to a deserving homeless pet," HSSM Executive Director Tara High said.

July 5 is reported as the highest intake date at animal shelters across the country, due mainly to the prevalence of fireworks and outdoor festivities, during which pets can become frightened and easily escape from the care of their owners. To reduce the risk of a pet getting lost, pet owners should ensure their pets are properly identified (microchipped and wearing an ID tag with contact information). Always remember to keep pets properly contained during fireworks and outdoor gatherings.

If your pet is in need of a microchip and/or identification tag, these items are available at HSSM for just $15 through the organization's Tag 'Em! South Mississippi program. There is no appointment required for microchip services, and walk-ins are welcome 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at HSSM's Gulfport facility.

All HSSM adoptions include: a pet, spay/neuter surgery, updated vaccinations, updated rabies vaccine, microchip and engraved ID tag, 30 days of pet health insurance, a free veterinarian visit within seven days of adoption, heartworm tests for all dogs over six months, a starter bag of pet food and a discount in HSSM's BowWow Meow Boutique.

Potential adopters are encouraged to line up early Saturday morning, as adoptions are done on a first-come, first-served basis.

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