Starkville animal shelter participating in Empty the Shelters event

Friday marked three days of the program at the shelter in Starkville where the public can adopt pets for just $25.

Posted: May 7, 2021 7:48 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Oktibbeha County Humane Society is among 200 plus shelters across the United States and Canada participating in the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters program.

Friday marked three days of the program at the shelter in Starkville where the public can adopt pets for just $25.

Oktibbeha County Humane Society in Starkville, Mississippi. Photo Date: May 7, 2021.

At Oktibbeha County Humane Society, Photo Date: May 7, 2021

At Oktibbeha County Humane Society, Photo Date: May 7, 2021

“A loving home is definitely better than a cage in a shelter,” social media coordinator Courtney Krolikoski said.

Martha Thomas, the shelter’s director of community relations, said the event is one of her favorites.

“The Empty the Shelters event is fantastic because it gets animals that are in the shelter into forever loving homes in the community, but it also frees up space in the shelter.”

Each animal comes home fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped — all for $25.

Normally, 40 to 50 animals are adopted from the shelter during the event.

Krolikoski, who recently adopted a cat, has this message to anyone interested in adopting a pet.

“The first couple days after adopting, there’s kind of this ‘Oh what did I just do?’ but then like the third day it’s this kind of moment of "I can’t imagine not having this cat or this dog in my life.'”

In 2020 alone, the Oktibbeha County Humane Society took in almost 4,000 animals and picked up 11 more animals just the other day.

The event continues at the shelter on Saturday at 510 Industrial Park Road.

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