Frequently Asked Questions:
Where do your animals come from?
MM takes animals from all over the state of Mississippi, with a majority coming from northern MS. We accept animals from owners who had an unplanned, unwanted litter, and also individuals and Good Samaritans who find animals in need. We also strive, in line with our mission, to alleviate overpopulation in shelters. We accept animals directly from shelters and other rescues with the goal that the time and resources spent to care for those animals will then be available to other residents of the shelter.
Where are the Mutts sent after the foster period?
We work with other 501(c)3 rescue groups in regions of the country that are not battling overpopulation like we do in Mississippi, such as Wright-Way Animal Rescue in Illinois. To learn more about our rescue partner, Wright-Way, you can check out their impressive facility and life-saving work here.
Why do you not make puppies available for adoption?
The puppies accepted into Mississippi MUTTS are “safe” and not at risk of euthanasia, unlike thousands who are euthanized daily across the state in open-admittance shelters. For this reason, we do not make our puppies available for adoption publicly, because it is our ideal hope that anyone looking to adopt a puppy will save a life by going to a kill shelter and adopting from there. We think of it as saving two lives, the one we took into our care, and the one sitting in a shelter that the adopter seeks to save.
Our puppies ARE available for adoption to their fosters, upon application approval.
How is Mississippi MUTTS different than most other rescues?
MM does not focus on adoptions as a means of saving lives of rescued animals, and instead works to send our animals to a larger audience of adopters in a region of the country that has significantly fewer homeless animals due to societal spay and neuter expectations. We work to entirely remove the unwanted animals so that resources here in our state can be spent on the animals remaining. It breaks down to a supply and demand equation, and while these are not commodities, they are lives, the solution to saving their lives is ultimately economic. Recognizing this, we are able to take entirely unadoptable animals that WOULD be euthanized in shelters, or abandoned animals left to starve or harm, and we are able to ensure for them a loving home for the rest of their lives.
We work with other Mississippi rescues to help them help more animals by providing an outlet for some of their intakes. We are not open-intake, but are able to accommodate large numbers of young animals on transport at a time. Again, this serves the purpose of allowing these other rescues to spend more time and resources on other dogs and cats.
How do the transports work and what’s expected of the driver?
Rescued animals reside in foster homes for 2-3 weeks and all food, supplies, and medical care is provided by MM. On Transport Day, 50-60 animals are sent to rescues up north where they can be adopted much faster than if they stayed in MS.
What is the best way to help MM?
Foster, Donate, Volunteer, Social Media. The most beneficial way to help us is to foster animals. While we understand not everyone is able to do that, it is what our efficiency and ability to continue saving lives relies on. Without foster homes for animals to go into, we are unable to take in more animals in need.
Donations, monetary or in-kind, fuel our organization. MM is an all-volunteer run organization and we rely on donations to continue our work. Money to cover vet bills, sponsoring a transport (by covering the cost of van rental and gas), and general donations that allow us to purchase needed items are vital to MUTTS.
In addition, we always need supplies such as crates, bedding, food, toys, collars, leashes and bowls to continue providing our fosters with everything they need to provide optimal care to their animals.
Volunteering at transport days, fundraisers, or community events is so helpful for us! We can always use more hands at our Transport Days to carry puppies, clean crates, and organize returned supplies.
If you are tight on time and funds, but still want to help, you can help immensely by just sharing our social media page and posts. Exposure and networking is the most beneficial tool to our success, and we strive daily to increase these things. Like our Facebook Page, follow us on Instagram, and spread the word about our work!