Desoto County News

Local shelters unleash holiday hope with adoption initiatives

By Bailee Harris

Amid the holiday celebrations in DeSoto County, furry residents in local animal shelters still wait for loving families to call their own.  

In an effort to enhance adoption rates, local animal shelters have been promoting initiatives designed to encourage adopters. 

Horn Lake Animal Shelter will be offering $50 off the first vet visit when you adopt a long-term resident. 

Glenn Andrews, Horn Lake Animal Shelter Director, states, “We are trying to get our population under control because right now we are keeping animals outsides, and that’s the way the shelter has been doing for years. I’m really trying to get it to where we get the dogs to be inside.” 

Horn Lake Animal Shelter is also asking for donations to their angel tree. Some items needed include toys, chew toys, blankets, sweaters, treats, and other items. 

The Southaven is also offering an incentive of a $10 adoption fee now through December 29th

The DeSoto County Animal Shelter is participating in Operation Santa Paws through December 23rd. Operation Santa Paws encourages animal lovers to share the gift of giving at shelters everywhere. You can see the pets they are highlighting on their Facebook page. 

The Olive Branch and the City of Hernando Animal Shelters have animals ready for adoption as well. 

To keep up with updates from these animal shelters, you can visit their Facebook pages here: 

Bailee Harris is a journalism student at Ole Miss and a contributor to

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