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Local animal lovers worked for years to have a shelter established in Tate County. Their crusade was successful, and last year, the Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter opened.

While the City of Senatobia and Tate County work together to help provide a better life for the animals, sometimes they need some extra help. That's where the Friends of the Shelter comes in.

Friends of the Shelter Animals (FOSA), a non-profit organization, has been established by a group of local citizens whose primary goal is to serve the animals at the Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter.

FOSA is a 501©3 non-profit whose mission is to assist in funding for the health and welfare of the shelter animals; assist in funding programs which will provide that adopted shelter animals are spayed and neutered; and establish aggressive adoption programs that will result in lasting homes for the animals.

The shelter currently charges $35 to adopt dogs and $25 for cats, a price which helps cover their basic costs but does not provide funds to spay and neuter each animal. Mississippi State University's veterinary college comes through periodically and spays and neuters at no charge (other than their room and meals) but the need outweighs what they are able to provide.

One of FOSA's major purposes is to raise funds to help supplement MSU's efforts.

"Tate County has an overpopulation of dogs and cats that has reached tragic proportions," said Lynn Resneck, President of Friends of The Shelter Animals.

"The one thing that dogs and cats do best is to reproduce. Our job will be to see that any animal adopted from our shelter will be sterilized before he/she goes to a new home."

"By doing so, we hope to make a difference in the number of homeless and unwanted animals that are entering the shelter every day," she continued. "The shelter staff, along with volunteers, works tirelessly seeking good homes for the shelter animals."

"We want to assist them in any way we can in their endeavors to provide for their care and comfort and ultimately homes for all."

Major fundraising efforts are underway to provide for pet sterilization of the shelter animals as well as to provide for their day-to-day comfort.

"In addition to the care being provided by the city and county, we want to provide some extra comforts for the animals while they are awaiting adoption," Resneck said.
"Anyone wishing to donate may do so by mailing a check to Friends of The Shelter Animals, 909 E. F. Hale Drive, Senatobia, MS 38668. Your donation is tax deductible and gratefully appreciated."

For more information, Contact: Lynn Resneck, President, Friends of The Shelter Animals, 909 E. F. Hale Drive, Senatobia, MS 38668. You can also call 662-562-0070 or e-mail:myron@resneck1.com

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