Who We Are:
A group of volunteers dedicated to the mission of saving animal’s lives at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. We are a charitable organization incorporated in the state of Mississippi.
WE STRIVE TO ALLOW FOSTERS TO HAVE MORE LEEWAY IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS, BUT WE MUST BE DILIGENT IN RESEARCHING THE POTENTIAL ADOPTERS.
We all spend a lot of love, time and money on these animals and want to see them go to good, permanent, loving homes with people who have the knowledge and means to take care of them.
OUR ADOPTION FEE IS USUALLY $50.00 BUT CAN GO AS HIGH AS $175.00.
Generally speaking, if someone cannot afford a $50 adoption fee then they would not be able to afford to take good care of an animal; to provide good medical care and preventatives. There are exceptions where we help some adopters bear the burden financially but these are case by case and must be approved and voted on by the Friends membership.
WE ABSOLUTELY REQUIRE THAT ALL POTENTIAL ADOPTERS PROVIDE VET REFERENCES SO WE CAN CALL AND DETERMINE THAT ANY PAST OR EXISTING ANIMALS IN THEIR CARE ARE BEING KEPT UP TO DATE ON VACCINATIONS, PREVENTATIVES AND ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED.
The reason for this is that we want to make sure that our animals are going to a home where they will be safe and healthy and be kept up to date on vet care. Most veterinary offices are familiar with this protocol so when you ask for a vet reference, they know what you mean.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL POTENTIAL ADOPTERS UNDERSTAND THAT ADOPTING AN ANIMAL IS A LONG TERM COMMITMENT AND THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF TAKING CARE OF AN ANIMAL LONG TERM.
Also we need to establish that any potential adopter has a safe, fenced yard; and will provide shelter for the animal. We also want to ensure that they know how to introduce a new animal into their home, to their existing pets, to children, etc.
ALL ADOPTIONS MUST BE FINALIZED AND APPROVED BY THE FJCASP BOARD.
This is to ensure that an experienced person has some oversight on the adoption process; to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities and that the animal will be safe.
IT IS PART OF OUR CONTRACT THAT ANY AND ALL MEDICAL TREATMENTS, VETERINARY COSTS, PREVENTATIVES, FOOD AND SHELTER ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ADOPTER.
If we have a rescue that has expressed interest in an animal; local adoptions will still take precedent until we have arranged the transport. However, rescues often take HW positive animals and provide for their treatment, make sure any local adopters know this is their responsibility.
ALL OF THESE RULES APPLY TO ANYONE, INCLUDING FOSTERS WHO DECIDE TO ADOPT A FRIENDS ANIMAL….
NOW HAVING SAID ALL OF THE ABOVE, SOMETIMES WHEN WE HAVE URGENT ANIMALS, SOME OF THESE RULES FLY OUT THE WINDOW AND WE ARE JUST SCRAMBLING TO SAVE LIVES….NOT THE BEST OR SAFEST WAY TO OPERATE BUT SOMETIMES NECESSARY.
But when that happens, invariably we end up with fosters who are overwhelmed, not prepared and animals that get returned, animals that need extensive treatment or training and drain our resources. Also remember that we sometimes have to make difficult decisions about which animals to save, which ones get treatment, etc. due to limited funds and resources. We cannot save them all….
IN CLOSING, OUR FOSTER FAMILIES ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET.
These rules are in place to ensure that you have a relatively stress-free, successful foster experience and to ensure the safety of our animals. And to ensure that our foster animals move on through the system to their safe, forever homes.