Hancock County

Facing influx of dogs, Hancock shelter offering Black Friday adoptions

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILE 
 A young dog settles in after being moved into the new Hancock County Animal Shelter on Texas Flat Road in Bay St. Louis in 2012. On Friday, shelter officials are hosting a half-price adoption fee.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/FILE A young dog settles in after being moved into the new Hancock County Animal Shelter on Texas Flat Road in Bay St. Louis in 2012. On Friday, shelter officials are hosting a half-price adoption fee. SUN HERALD

KILN -- The director of Hancock County Animal Shelter is hoping South Mississippians will come and take advantage of the shelter's Black Friday Deals. And yes, she knows it's not the day after Thanksgiving.

Toni Necaise said the shelter is at twice its capacity because when the weather gets warm, dogs and cats start to breed.

"Everything is mating this time of year," she said. "So everything is having babies and making babies."

The shelter, which opened at 7175 Texas Flat Road in June 2012, is built to hold 50 dogs and 20 cats.

The influx of animals, Necaise said, has doubled the food expenses and is taking its toll on employees as well.

"We've been utilizing lots of volunteers and community service workers," Necaise said. "Thankfully, we have lots of those right now."

To help make room at the shelter, Necaise is hosting a Black Friday adoption promotion -- any black or mostly black dog is up for half price adoption.

"We have a really huge amount of black dogs that have been at the shelter for quite some time, so we're trying to promote them to get homes," she said.

The half-price fee of $37.50 includes spay or neuter, microchip, vaccinations, a free veterinary check and 30 days of pet insurance.

"Down in the South, black dogs and black cats aren't a fan favorite," Necaise said, noting black animals are harder to get adopted than other breeds.

Hancock County Animal Shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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