Animal Rescue of the Week: Episode 41 – MidSouth Animal Welfare Foundation

The Midsouth Animal Welfare Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and was founded in 2017 in NE Mississippi. This organization works very hard to reduce the number of litters in their community by offering a low-cost spay and neuter clinic once a week in Corinth, MS. All the proceeds from performing surgeries help fund their future mobile clinic. They have set a goal for themselves this year, to raise $75,000 to purchase a mobile unit that will allow them to provide low-cost spay and neuter services to underserved areas.


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The Mid South Animal Welfare Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers and was founded in 2017 in northeast Mississippi. Their primary focus is to reduce the number of unwanted litters in their community, while also providing owners with low cost basic animal health care. Service is, they have said, a huge goal for themselves this year to raise $75,000 to purchase a mobile unit that will allow them to provide low cost spay and neuter service’s in rule underserved areas of north Mississippi. Hi, MEREDITH. Welcome to the show. Hey, how are you doing today? Thanks for having me. Of course. I’m doing great today. Thank you so much for asking. So you are the president of the Mid South Animal Welfare Foundation of Mississippi. Is that correct? Yes. Okay, great. So I’m really interested in learning more about your organization today, and I really want to know how you got started there. We’re in the northeast corner of Mississippi, so we’re very close to the Tennessee and Alabama State lines. And where we are is really a very rural area. And most of the counties around here do not have animal shelters. Out of the three counties that we serve right now, only one has an animal shelter and they only take animals from that county. And they can only how’s about maybe 250 animals at a time. And they’re always consistently full just because we have such a gross overpopulation down here, probably due to a lack of Spain later. But the way we kind of came about was there’s just sort of a group of us that didn’t really know each other. But we all have animal husbandry backgrounds, and so we met because there was a need. We all kind of kept getting calls randomly from different law enforcement agencies requesting help to, you know, check on animals, do animal welfare texts or wanted us to take an animal Maybe they had seized from somebody that was being neglected or abused. And so we all kind of met through different cases like that, and we kind of just came together over one particular case. There was a dog named Champ. His case was so egregious that we all kind of got together on that one, and we’re able to take custody of him and rehab him and move him onto a wonderful life up in Wisconsin and after we kind of got done with all that with chant, We just got together and see what we have a real need here that’s not being fulfilled in some of these rural areas there more underserved areas, if you will. And so we kind of just said, You know what? Let’s just see what we can do so are kind of formed. And I were kind of really that one dog and we kind of just have taken all of our different skill sets from over the years that we’ve learned from different jobs owning businesses as well as being ah, part of animal welfare over the last 15 or 20 years and put all those together and create this organization that today is we’re foster based organizations. We do take in. Probably. We typically have 30 or 40 animals and are cared any given time. There’s air all out in foster homes, and then what we focus on really is a lot of animals in our area that end up having really bad cases of either neglect. Or maybe the owner didn’t have the resources to go animal to help that it needed when it got sick. And seven, it’s festered and it’s become something like, You know, it needs a limb amputated or it needs an I amputated or it’s very sick and may have parvo or something. And so we take in a lot of those cases that are really on the more expensive end of veteran Amos, and because a lot of the organizations around here, we all kind of have a tough time affording those that bills. They’re very high, so we try to focus a lot of our efforts on the animals that are really in dire need that are life or death type situations. We do a little bit of everything and we try to focus a lot of our efforts on some of the more serious cases of neglect. Or like I said, there’s a lot of just lack of resource is around here. So we tried help owners out there, too. Of course, we’ve gotta stay detonator program. You’re really you’re trying todo spread the word and get people to really just alienate her because that really is the root cause of the problem here. And so if we could just get the word out and educate way could I’ll probably get a better handle on the problem that we have. They have another heart? Yes, and sleigh nude. I mean, that’s an issue everywhere, But you want to back up a little bit, and I find it great that you guys came together over one dog, made a difference for that. And I’m sure there was others in between. But you have pointed out specifically about the dog named Champ and how he was kind of the push for the start for you guys to kind of join forces. But one thing that you had mentioned to me was the animal welfare checks. So how do you guys go about conducting an animal welfare check? How does that process were? Typically What will happen is either a concerned citizen will call us or they will call, you know, the local sheriff’s office or the police offices and say, Hey, here’s an address were concerned. Here’s the situation. Animal is in need and from there we every time we go on a wealth, protect the first thing it is to call the local law enforcement agency. Most of the ones around here we’ve got really good reporters with So what we call they know what we needed for the ones that we don’t. We kind of introduce ourselves. But we always go out to do these checks with an officer with us because you don’t want to ever trespass on somebody’s property. You’re like that A lot of these prices were going to You’re not familiar with their way out in the middle of nowhere, and you just go into an unfamiliar place for people you don’t know. You might scare somebody, and and sometimes I don’t know what people are capable of these days, and a lot of these situations we walk into the concern is a lot of times not only just for the animal, but a lot of times It’s for the folks that are living there cause some of the living conditions here or not up to normal standards. Maybe that we do that first and go out there and we just have a conversation with him and just say, Hey, look, there’s some folks that are concerned. We’re concerned. Here’s some of the issues that we see and how can we help you with that? We don’t go in there just guns, boys and trying. Thio sees animals unless it’s just some type of horribly egregious situation. But nine times out of 10 it’s just a known ER that may not understand how to properly take care of an animal, or they might not have the resources to properly take care of an animal. And they’re doing the best they can with what they have. And so we try to be understanding and compassionate when we go to these type cases and just talk to him and have a conversation and trying to figure out how can we help the animal and how can we help them? And a lot of times we do end up taken animals just because you know the owner realizes they don’t have the ability to give the animal what it needs, And so a lot of times we end up leaving with them. And then sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we’re able to help educate the owner and say, This is what you need to do and let us help you get there were a lot of times will give them. They get a time frame like sometimes it’s 14 days. Sometimes it’s 30 days, depending where they live, what the regulations are in that particular county. Then we’ll give them time to get their situation corrected and go back and do a follow up check later to see where they may making enough Our, you know, whats happening here. Do they need more held or do we need to step in and say, Hey, are you willing to let us take the animal off your hands? Those kind of things? That’s kind of how that works. Thank you for sharing that, cause I mean, I like that you pointed out how you guys address and approach these situations. Obviously, you had mentioned that you don’t go him going home like, Hey, you know, we’re going to take your animal, you know, I like that you had pointed out that you guys approach it and a very well manner. And you guys see how you can help this person with their pet and help educate them. Because I think when people think somebody’s got a report on them that they’re abusing their animal or something like that. Obviously, the first instinct is like, Oh, my gosh, we need to get that animal out. So thank you for sharing that with me. Yeah, absolutely. Like I said, every case is different and we just go in and try to. It’s a fact finding mission every time. What are the actual facts? And, yeah, try to handle it that way, as opposed to just assuming before we hear. So far, it seems to work pretty well, especially if we can work with people like you said. At the end of the day, If they can keep their animal and do a great job with it, then that’s what they should do. They should be able to keep. And we won’t do that because Lord knows, we’ve got a never hand The supplies I wanted home was animals, and so the more people that we can get to keep their animals and take proper care of him, the better off we all are the community. So that’s really our goal with the end of the day with the welfare Texas to try to assess each situation and figure out what is the best thing to do. First and foremost, further animal. Well, good. I like hearing stuff like that because I learned something. So that’s great to hear that you guys handle that in such a good manner and you’re there. And ultimately the animal is your top priority. So another thing that kind of spiked me. Woz, I know that you had mentioned that you guys taken the animals that usually they need a little bit extra. And, you know, I’m kind of curious because I know that you mentioned that you guys air foster base. So typically, I kind of want to know like a day in your shoes with this aspect is, if you guys get an animal that is in pretty rough up condition and stuff like that, how do you guys go about caring for this animal? And then also, how do you guys know? Do you guys have specific fosters that air. More experience with certain conditions. How does that normally go about? We’ve got some voters that are more experienced than others. And so when we get an animal in, sometimes we may have to move dogs around. If the foster that we know could handle a particular ailments or injury, if that fosters full when they have to make an animal around in order to get the sick or injured when to the right person, So day in the life if we take it and if we get a call or somebody comes by the clinic and brings us an animal, first thing we do is it immediately gets admitted to the clinic or vegetarian, and I assess it and figure out what is the issue? Number one. The number two. What can we actually do about it, too? What are all the options? Because sometimes you have more than one option. And three, what’s that optional for this particular situation, you know, and everything’s kind of we can’t take everything into consideration of age what all could possibly be going on, and then 10. Evaluate all of that and put into play inequality of wife and that type of thing and then we basically just almost immediately, most seven more. So the natives so great, like the injury or the illness will be so severe. But we’ve got to do something about it immediately and said then won’t go on and as quickly as we can do what we needed. For example, we had a dog think we took him in maybe 45 days ago, who had been injured. I think he’d been hit by a car. His leg was very, very badly mangled. I mean, you know, all the muscle one. But I was completely exposed and immediately very apparent. We were gonna have to amputate the leg. However, we couldn’t amputated immediately because the infection had said it. So we needed a couple days, really pumped him with some really good in a ball on accident painkillers to kind of put him in a couple of days prior to the surgery. So he spent, you know, a few days at the clinic, and then later in the week, I came back in and we assisted with the bet was getting his leg off, and then he stayed at the clinic or believe a few weeks. Then he actually came home with me. A lot of the sick and injured ones, depending on what their situation is, end up coming back with me. So the most those guys been there, spend the rest of their foster time with May. But we’ve got a couple other fosters that can handle some stuff, too. And so once they go into the foster home after their well, well enough to leave the clinic, you know, we kind of just continue to monitor their progress. And as soon as they are able, there will enough, healthy enough to travel. We start reaching out to our partner, rescues around the country and say, Hey, you know, here’s what we got there willing to travel and try to find a re home. The dog that way. Okay, you guys do local adoption type things, but you guys also transport animals to other rescues, so that’s awesome. So how often would you say that you guys transport animals to other organizations we transport at least once a month? Sometime twice. It kind of depends on what the receiving risk win and how much receiving rescues are able to take. I think this year we’ve been transporting, on average about 20 to 25 animals, mostly dogs a month. So I would say total probably this year. By the time the years over, we will probably have transported somewhere between I’m gonna say 232 150 animals out of here. Just this. I always find it great to hear that you guys actually do work with other organizations to get that animal a better life for provide for an animal that may need help that other rescue or shelter can’t provide for Oh, absolutely. You know, there are so many organizations these days and shelters, you know. It’s like a huge network. It’s almost like this underground network. That’s how big it is, called the Underground Dog Railroad. Basically, because people don’t realize unless you’re really a part of it, how big it really is. And there’s so many great partners out there. We’ve met so many incredible organizations that don’t have the same mission, envision we d’oh! We align with them really well and so it works out really well because we’re able to to transport a lot of animals and need to them. I say it all the time. It takes a village to do this. It took a village to create this problem that we’ve got. It’s gonna take a village to fix the problem. And so you know, that’s the great thing about, like social media and everything that the station with the Internet, it’s so much easier now for us to be able to connect with other like minded organizations and work with them and partner with them. Where is, you know, 15 20 years ago that didn’t exist and it was much, much, much order. So now it’s so much easier and we’ve found so many great organizations to work with. I would say that to any organization. I mean, I know there’s a lot of folks that like to work on their own, and that’s okay, too. Yeah, but if you’re willing to, you know, just kind of get out there and put yourself out there and look, you’ll find some people who can work really easily with, and really well with the more people you’re with, the more cooperation in the more networking we all. D’oh, the more animals we can actually save in the end. So I think rescuing together is really the key to the entire issue. Exactly. I like that you said that to get this village is what it’s gonna take, and that’s because that’s absolutely right. I don’t think people realize Thea amount of work and the toll that it takes on you to be in the animal rescue world, the more people that work together to rescue these animals, I 100% I’m with you, the more the merrier. You know what I mean? It’s not just rescuing. The dog’s getting. I’m helping. At the end of the day, there’s a whole administrative sad to it. You know, there is paperwork that has to be done and completed and everything. You’ve gotta have all your ducks in a row before you get dogs. You know, put on a vein and it’s not just a Z Z is is there on a moan of a And you know there’s a lot of preemptive paperwork that goes into that prior to them getting on, and so you need somebody to help you do social media. You need somebody to help do accounting. There’s just so many different functions outside of just picking up the dog’s getting him healthy, fading. I’m nursing him back to help that the whole other set of responsibilities and jobs from local people cause again. One person really can’t handle all the administrative pieces of it. So it’s important to have those people. Speaking of the administrative side of rescue animal welfare, our organization is looking to add a couple of people to our team, and this is not something you don’t have to live in our area. You can live in California. It doesn’t matter either what we would call virtual volunteer positions. So you would just need a phone and Internet connection and a computer laptop something that you can communicate with us on. And so, in a couple hours away from home, that’s all really need. Right now, we’re looking for a social media manager, somebody who can keep us updated and keep us going weekly on the socials. And then we’re also look or like a bookkeeper, somebody that could help us with all the accounting that’s got to go into all this. Because, of course, in order to keep your babble when C three there is the whole accounting process that has to be kept up with every week. So we need somebody that can do that. And if you’ve got quick flicks experience, that’s even better. That’s what we run on. Like I said, virtual volunteer positions. You don’t have to live anywhere nearest. So don’t what the distance scare you, cause that’s doesn’t scare us. It all, as a matter of fact, our medical records coordinator. So we’re down in northeast Mississippi. Our medical records coordinator actually lives up in Connecticut, and she does all her work. Our pet management system is cloud based. It’s online. It’s called Pet Stab Wished. And so our medical records coordinator does all of the uploading of records, making sure everybody’s got what they need every week from her computer home. And so that has worked out really well. We want to try to replicate that into different responsibilities, like the social media manager and the bookkeeper. So, yeah, if that sounds interesting to you, please feel free to reach out. Would love to chat with you about you know, how you can get involved in helping organization. You don’t have to live in the same town as an organization just to be able to help them out you can change the dog’s life from across the country. You know what? I think it’s fantastic, but you guys are opening your horizons to stuff like that. I think it’s great that these positions are becoming Maur popular within our society because, like you said to have a social media manager, I mean, if it’s gonna be done online anyway, why do they have to be near you to do that? I mean, there are plenty of people out there that are completely still that know what they’re doing from different states. So thank you for sharing that. If any of our listeners air interested, how can they go about getting in contact with you guys about these positions? Yes, great question. So if this sounds like something you might be interested in, what he’s let us know, there’s a couple ways to get ahold of us. We do have email. The email would be midsouth animal welfare at gmail dot com. The second way to get a hold of us would be if you are on the socials, hop on over to Facebook and type in Mid South Animal will their foundation, and we should pop right up And if you get on our pay, she just a message. I didn’t say Hey, you know, I heard you’re looking and we’ll get back to you pretty quickly and we’ve almost got a website. You can go to our website midsouth animal welfare dot org. I believe maybe towards the bottom of the home page, there’s a contact, This section somewhere on the home page. I know there is a contract. I don’t know where, but I know it is there. You just click contact us, you know, put all your information in the fields, hit the submit button to somebody will get back to you within a couple of business days. And so we try to get back to everybody relatively quickly during the business. Wait. So that would be the three best ways to get ahold of us. So it you were interested, but he’s don’t hesitate to give us a shout. Well, perfect. I mean, I hope that this helps bring some new eyes there, and you guys get some interested people, cause it will be very beneficial for you guys. I know. I heard somewhere that you guys said that putting animals on a van so I kind of wanted to touch base with that. So you have mentioned your community’s very rule. You guys have an overpopulation issue. So that van that you were referring to, it transports animals and stuff. But I also saw on your Rises website as well as her Facebook pages. You guys said a big goal for yourself to raise money for a mobile Spain neuter unit. Am I in the right ballpark here? Yes, yes, yes. So initially, when we ain’t first. When the founder sat down in our initial mission was to what’s raise money for the mobile spite and Neutering it because we want to get out there, get into the communities, get to the folks that can’t make it to the clinic for whatever reason, and get out there into these rural areas that are underserved and try to get a handle on the population. Getting low cost spay neuter and basic animal health care service is to the spokes. You know, we started out on that mission, and in the midst of all that we ended up being able to start doing are low cost Spain eaters and basic healthcare at a local clinic and so we continue to raise money and we realize pretty quickly that okay, let’s switch gears for just a second. And let’s take some of this money. We’ve rice because we really have this knee. We’ve really got to get animals out of here because we’ve got animals everywhere. Filling the shelves are running amok that we have this huge need to get them out. And we made some contacts and connections that would like to partner with us and help us take some of these animals and move the next generation of producers out of our area. And so we took some of those signs and we got us a nice big toll, sort of like a sprinter van, if you will. It holds probably 20 to 30 animals, depending on what size they are. It’s allowed us to starting the transports and go ahead and getting some of the animals out of here and trying to relieve some of the overpopulation that way and so we’re doing some over population control with moving them out. But then we’ve also got the local clinic that we’re able to do that every Friday. We’re able to do low cost 1,000,000 eaters. And so, as we continue on, we’re still building that. The funds were still rebuilding our funds to try to get that mobile unit that stolen our list of things to do. And I think ideally, one day we’ll have a Hopefully we’ll have a mobile Spain Inter unit will have probably 50 more Trans Port millions and whatnot. But that’s order right now. And that’s a great thing about the van. Has been. It has allowed us to, you know, for people who contact us that have trouble getting to the clinic, whether it’s because they don’t have reliable transportation or they may be disabled or whatever the case may be, we can actually go to them, pick up their animal, bring it to the clinic, spay and neuter it and bring it back home. And so that has worked out really well. It still allows us to be able to fulfill your initial mission that we set out on, which was to get into these under served communities and help folks spay and neuter their pits. So far, it’s been a great investment and like I said, hope we’ll probably get another one, but we certainly are still looking forward to getting that mobile. Unit two. I love hearing that you has work so much and you’re so intuitive with your community and stuff like that. That you guys were willing to go to somebody’s house to pick up their animal is for whatever reason, they can’t get their your guys is Hope is for that mobile unit for the spay and neuter. But you guys found something that worked for you guys now, which is that them that helps you transport animals. And you guys were using that and spinning it around to help you more ways than just one. So I know that you guys said the overpopulation is an issue I’m kind of curious to. What would you consider is one of the biggest challenges for your organization other than the overpopulation from the spay and neuter issue? Is there anything else? Probably one of the biggest challenges is the day to day management of the organization. So just coordinating everything with all the fosters, making sure every dollar has knees every day, you know, to somebody need to go to the vet and then, of course, like we touched on earlier, the business side of things, you know, managing social media, managing bookkeeping. You know, all different kinds of things that you wouldn’t having in any normal business. A lot of those functions applied to this as well. And so it’s just that the daily management probably is one of the bigger hurdles, especially for organization. Are size because we’re small and we have a small board. And so there’s a lot of people a lot of us and our organization are wearing multiple hat if you will stay right now, there’s several of us wearing well hats, which just fine, but we’re trying to work towards getting some of those responsibility. You’ve been finding some more virtual volunteers that can help alleviate some of that. But that would probably be one of the biggest many of aim points, if you will. And I mean the other is just trying to get the word out, trying to get the educational piece out there, getting the community educated on why spay neuter is so important and getting them to understand that the reason why we have all this animal problem, the reason why you see all these dogs running around and these please every day on Facebook for, you know, Please help me with this animal. I found stock is because we’re not spending Neutering like we should be. And so just trying to get people to understand that I understand how important that is. But to do it, whether you do it at our phonic or you do it at another clinic, just do it. Yeah, s So do you guys offer any type of program for educating your community? That’s something we’re kind of working on, and we don’t have a particular program. It’s honestly, just word of male. That’s one reason why we like Social Media, because it’s a really good opportunity to educate people right there in their home. I don’t have in front of them. And a lot of people are very interested in animal related potion. A special doll driven, pissed in a long part of the educational piece. It’s so easy to tell if your dog has poppies, you don’t know what’s gonna happen. And, you know we’ve got this overpopulation problem. Well, in reality, to me, it’s a so much easier. It’s so much better if you can actually put the numbers in front of somebody because the numbers for themselves. So just to give you an example of the numbers most large breed dogs. Let’s take your German shepherd, for example, that German shepherd, a lot of times most, most mature mother dogs are gonna end up having probably two litters a year. Larger breeds typically have about 10 in a litter. So if you’re having two litters a year, that’s 20 puppies a year. So multiply that over the wife of the mama doll. And then let’s just say 50% of the mama Dogs puppies every year female. And if you never get them fit, it just goes on and on and on. So it’s like I tell people fixing one dog today has prevented possibly 20 more dogs over the next 12 months because if she ends up having to leads with 10 pups each and each letter, that’s 20 more dogs that has arrived in your community and 12 months, and they will come in your care. So some Point E found that he put the numbers in front of people and just explain it mathematically like that. It’s like a light bulb goes on because people don’t really understand that. That’s kind of how the reproduction cycle works and how quickly that cycle can get way out of control. You don’t ever think Peter, so it’s very easy to say, Just buy that one example. How can get out of control really quickly, completely by accident? You know, people don’t necessarily mean for their animals to continue to have these letters, but if it happens and so stopping it before it starts will be great. It’s a cycle that we have to break, and so it’s just a matter of getting to these dogs before they start having, you know, just literally for litter after litter. So breaking the cycle is really what our goal is. That’s what we’re royal about. There’s a lot more than organizations, and people in general are doing too pretty much share with, you know, our youth and our Children and everything because they’re our future and every kid or majority of them love animals. Have you ever met like a child or your around one? And they’re absolutely terrified. Uh, you know, a dog or cat or something like that, and I’m seeing all these other organizations reaching out to Children about this is how you care for an animal. You know, here you go blood, while pretty much sharing all that information. And I bring this up because you had mentioned that everything’s changing the way that animals are viewed. And I agree with that because I’ve seen it a lot more than animals or family members. I’ve even seen petitions going around, you know, not to refer to yourself as your pet’s owner. So I mean, it’s definitely the world is constantly changing and you’re right. This is a change that’s going on right now. Don’t get me wrong. There’s negative things in the animal world in this industry, but there are so many positive things going on right now in the animal. Both our industry and if everyone would just choose to focus on the positive things, the negative things were, probably see Sting. But there’s just so much out. There are so many great organizations. If animals are your thing and you think he wanted to get involved with helping change animal’s life, reach out to some organization, whether it’s organization or another organization near you or if you c’mon on Facebook, that’s 2000 miles away from me But you wanna help them reach out to him and find out what can I help you do 2000 miles away? And I guarantee you they’ll probably come up with something absolutely about networking. And so there’s a lot of positive things going on right now in a lot of different ways. People can help you be a part of the solution and be a part of the change. Now, like our organizations, tagline has changed the story. That is because I changed the story from 2400 and one of puppies leaving every year to know puppies, leaving every year. So our vision is to change the story. We want to change the story for the dogs and cats of Northeast Mississippi and, you know, stop all this overpopulation and you stop all of the abuse and neglect that goes on and make a change for these animals. I love that you’re 100% correct. You don’t know what the animals past what they went through. So you trying to pretty much give them a second chance and care for them and everything like that. I love that every dog and cat has a story every animal has a story whether we know what the story is not whether we know their history or not. Every animal has a story, and so by the time they get to us, they need a difference to worry. You need to change their story because they arrived in a place in life where they need help. And that’s what we’re gonna do. And so whatever it takes to change the story for that animal, we’re gonna do it Well, MEREDITH, I really honestly loved our conversation. I’ve learned so much about your organization. You know, I’m truly touched by pretty much a lot of the stuff that you had said. But I love that you guys are very in tune with your community. You know what’s going on. You’re trying to help everybody and every pet owner and every pit for that matter. And I want to kind of give you this opportunity to share with me anything else before we wrap up. And I also wanted to know if you would give us your information one more time, just in case there’s anybody that wants to volunteer with you guys or adopt or anything of that matter. I want our listeners to know how they can get in contact with your organization. So in closing, if I could say one thing, please you neuter your pets. Yes, I have added that if nothing else, e learned nothing else from today’s cover center. Lee’s Neuter Your Cats that, though, that would help everyone but just one more time. I just wanted to push that. We are looking for a social media manager and a bookkeeper. Then we’ll probably have some other job opportunities are to volunteer opportunities coming later in 2020 as well as we continue to grow and have more responsibilities that we need to take care of and get some of our folks not wearing so many hats. Theo. Yeah, but if you think you like what you heard today and you think you wanna be a part of it with us and changing these animals lives changing the story for the animals down here, please do not hesitate to contact us and reach out and say, Hey, what can I do to help? The best way to do that would be email, so that would be mid cell animal welfare at gmail dot com. The second way would be to hop on the socials. Go get on your Facebook type in mid cell Animal Welfare Foundation will pop right up. Send us a message. We’ll get back to you pretty quickly. We usually get people pretty quickly during the middle of during the week anyway, and then thirdly, you’re still got a website midsouth animal welfare dot org. And there’s a contact button on there. You just click that the fields hit, submit and we’ll get back to you that way too. So, yeah, if you think you wanna wanna help, don’t let the distance don’t want where you live scary or keep you from reaching out and making a difference Whether that’s with our organization or another one. Just don’t be afraid. Great. Thank you for that. And like I said, thank you so much for joining me today and sharing with me more about the great work that you guys were doing. Absolutely. Thank you so much for inviting me and having me on today. I really, really enjoyed getting to talk with you more about what we do, and hopefully it’s been insightful. Oh, hey, has some new takeaway you some new information and maybe about what’s going on, you know, in the animal welfare world. And, yeah, we’re doing what we love. So and that’s all that matters. That’s the key in this right? It helps make a difference because you love what you’re doing. Absolutely. All righty, MEREDITH. Well, I hope that you have a good rest of your day and we hope to talk with you soon. That would be great. Yes, let’s keep in touch.

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