TUNICA, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – The Tunica Humane Society is helping cats and dogs beyond the shelter for this year’s Giving Tuesday. Its campaign, “Freedom Fences and Full Tummies,” is aiming to provide food for pets whose owners can’t always provide food and fencing so dogs don’t need to be chained up.
Sandy Williams works around the clock to take of nearly 150 dogs and 40 cats and rescue those in need on the streets. Their community is one of the poorest in the Mid-South and receives no funding from Tunica county or the state. The no kill shelter is the only animal shelter in the county and is run strictly by donations.
“From the very beginning of our humane society, it’s always been our desire to help as many animals as we can in our community,” Williams said. “In reality, there’s no way we can take all those animals to our shelter.”
The money raised with this year’s campaign will go toward buying dog and cat food for their pantry and buying fences and shelter so animals are protected in the coming winter months. She said it’s important to keep animals dry, out of the wind, and with fresh water to drink at all times.
“We want to set up a special fund, so we can get dogs off of chains, possibly install fences or dog pens to get the dogs off of chains, we’ve also had a food pantry here,” Williams said.
The food pantry is for families in need in their community who cannot always afford to feed their pets. She said it’s her passion to help as many animals in her community no matter the effort it takes.
“Somebody has to do this. Somebody has to be their voice,” Williams said. “There are so many animals suffering out there with no one to take care of them, and it’s our passion to provide them a good life.”
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