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Local Animal Rescue Helps Pets Without Facility

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Heather Williams, Shannon Bates and Kristin Viscione all worked independently and with local rescue organizations before seeing what they called a tremendous need and starting Southern Cross Animal Rescue, (SCAR).

"Cats at the dumpster behind the service station, puppies dumped on the side of the road, the dogs running in the woods," Williams described.  "There are just so many that still needed help. That's why we decided to start this."

In three months, those three ladies helped over 100 animals, and they did so without a facility.

Williams is currently holding nine dogs and four cats at her own home, and 45 are currently being held in foster care.

"Our criteria is that you're willing to house and keep safe an animal or a couple of animals until we're able to find it a home," Williams said.

Southern Cross takes care of food and medical care for the foster animals, and they prefer the animals to be kept inside most of the time and a fenced in yard for dogs.

The organization also works closely with the Homeward Bound Project through Mississippi State University that transports dogs to the Northeast in areas with a small stray population.

All the animals SCAR takes in are well taken care of, Just ask their first rescue dog, Sheldon. When Williams found him, he was malnourished and barely had hair. 

"And see him transform in just a month, he was a happy, healthy, rambunctious dog," Williams said. "It means everything."

She said they are close to opening a facility in Ellisville to house the dogs until they're adopted or transported, and she says there are a number of ways for people to help even if they can't foster at this time.

To help financially, people can make payments directly toward SCAR's vet bill at North Jones Animal Hospital or Sawmill Animal Clinic. They can also donate through the PayPal button on their Facebook page, drop a donation at PetSense in Laurel or mail it in to 70 Walters Rd. Ellisville, MS 39437.

"They can help by just spreading the word, telling folks about us," Williams said.  "When we have pictures posted for adoption on facebook, they can share them with their friends."

To donate, foster or adopt, visit the Facebook page - Southern Cross Animal Rescue, call 601-433-5807 or email scarofms@gmail.com.

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