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.


Email: midsouthanimalwelfare@gmail.com
Website: https://www.midsouthanimalwelfare.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/midsouthanimalwelfare/


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The MidSouth 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 services. They have set 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 services in rural and under-served 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 MidSouth 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 will only take animals from that county. And they can only house 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 spay and neuter. 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 tests, 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 Champ, we just got together and say that “we have a real need here that’s not being fulfilled.” In some of these rural areas, they’re more under-served areas, if you will. And so we kind of just said, “you know what? Let’s just see what we can do.” So our group, kind of, formed and on account 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 a 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 a foster-based organization. We do take in, probably, we typically have, you know, 30 or 40 animals and are cared at any given time, those are 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 get the animal the help that it needed when it got sick. And so then, it’s festered and it’s become something like, you know, it needs a limb amputated, or it needs an eye 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 veterinarian medicine, and because a lot of the organizations around here, we all kind of have a tough time affording those vet 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. So 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 resources around here. So we try to help owners out there, too. Of course, we’ve got a spay and neuter program. What we’re really trying to do is, you know, spread the word, and get people to really just really spay and neuter. Because that really is the root cause of the problem here. And so if we could just get the word out and educate. Yes.

We could probably get a better handle on the problem that we have, like they have in the other parts of the country, so. Yes, and spay and neuter, 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 work? 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 welfare check the first thing it is to call the local law enforcement agency. Most of the ones around here we’ve got really good rapports with, so when we call they know what we need. And 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, or anything like that. A lot of these places were going to you’re not familiar with. They’re 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, you know. Yes. 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? But 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 to cease animals unless it’s just some type of horribly egregious situation.

But 9 times out of 10, it’s just an owner 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 taking 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.” And 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 were they may making and effort, you know, whats happening here. Do they need more help 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 in, going on 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 in 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? Yeah. And try to handle it that way, as opposed to just assuming.

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 the animal and do that because Lord knows, we’ve got a never ending supply of unwanted, homeless animals. And so the more people that we can get to keep their animals and take proper care of them, the better off we all are the community. So that’s really our goal with the end of the day with the welfare checks to try to assess each situation and figure out what is the best thing to do, first and foremost, for the animal. Well, good. I like hearing stuff like that because I learn 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 was, I know that you had mentioned that you guys take in 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 are foster-based. 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 are more experienced with certain conditions? How does that normally go about? We’ve got some fosters 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, then they have to move an animal around in order to get the sick or injured went to the right person.

So day in the life, if we take in and animal, or 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 veterinarian, 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 option for this particular situation, you know, and everything’s kind of we can’t take everything into consideration of a) what all could possibly be going on, and then kind of, we evaluate all of that and put into play, you know, equality of life and that type of thing and then we basically just almost immediately, most of them are so the need is so great, like the injury or the illness will be so severe, that we’ve got to do something about it immediately. And so then we will go on and as quickly as we can do what we need to do.

For example, well, we had a dog, I 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 and bone was completely exposed and immediately very apparent. We were gonna have to amputate the leg. However, we couldn’t amputate it immediately because the infection had set in. So we needed a couple days, we really pumped him with some really good antibiotics and painkillers to kind of prep 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 vet with getting his leg off, and then he stayed at the clinic for, I 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 of those guys that’s been there, spend the rest of their foster time with me. But we’ve got a couple other fosters that can handle some stuff, too. And so once they go into the foster home after they’re well enough to leave the clinic, you know, we kind of just continue to monitor their progress. And as soon as they are able, they’re well 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. They’re well enough to travel,” and try to find a–re home the dog that way.

Oh 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, sometimes twice. It kind of depends on what the receiving rescue 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 230-250 animals out of here. Wow. I always find it great to hear that you guys actually do work with other organizations to get that animal a better life, or 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. Yes. That’s how big it is, I call it 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 kind of have the same mission, and vision that we do. And we align with them really well and so it works out really well because we’re able to transport a lot of animals in 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. Exactly. And so you know, that’s the great thing about, like social media and everything like that. These days, 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 as, you know, 15-20 years ago that didn’t exist and it was much, much, much harder.

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 you can work really easily with, and really well with the more people you work with, the more cooperation and the more networking we all do, 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—a village is what it’s gonna take, and that’s because that’s absolutely right. I don’t think people realize the 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 dogs and getting healthy. At the end of the day, there’s a whole administrative side 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 van. And it’s not just as easy as “is there any more van?” 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 them healthy, feeding them, nursing them back to health. 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 and 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, these are what we would call virtual volunteer positions. So you would just need a phone, an 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 we 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 looking for 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 501(c)3, 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 quickbooks experience, that’s even better. That’s what we run on. Like I said, virtual volunteer positions. You don’t have to live anywhere near us. So don’t let the distance scare you, cause that’s doesn’t scare us at 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 PetStablished. 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 at 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, that you guys are opening your horizons to stuff like that. I think it’s great that these positions are becoming more 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 skilled, that know what they’re doing from different states. So thank you for sharing that.

If any of our listeners are 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, please let us know, there’s a couple ways to get ahold of us. We do have email. The email would be midsouthanimalwelfare@gmail.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 MidSouth Animal Welfare Foundation, and we should pop right up. And if you get on our page, shoot us a message, you can 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 midsouthanimalwelfare.org. I believe maybe towards the bottom of the home page, there’s a Contact Us section somewhere on the home page. I know there is a contact us. Yes. 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, then 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 week. So that would be the three best ways to get a hold of us. So it you were interested, please 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 rural. 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 guys’ website as well as your Facebook page. You guys set a big goal for yourself to raise money for a mobile spay and neuter unit, am I in the right ballpark here? Yes, yes, yes. So initially, when we first–when the founders sat down and our initial mission was to what’s raise money for the mobile spay and neutering unit. 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 under-served and try to get a handle on the population by getting low cost spay and neuter and basic animal health care services to these folks. You know, we started out on that mission, and in the midst of all that we ended up being able to start doing our low cost spay and neuters 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 raised because we really have this need. We’ve really got to get animals out of here because we’ve got animals everywhere filling up the shelters, 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 tall, sort of like a sprinter van, if you will. Okay. It holds, probably, 20 to 30 animals, depending on what size they are. It’s allowed us to start doing these 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 spay an neuters. And so, as we continue on, we’re still building up the funds were still rebuilding our funds to try to get that mobile unit. That’s still on our list of things to do. And I think ideally, one day we’ll have it hopefully, we’ll have a mobile spay and neuter unit. We’ll have probably 50 more transport vans and whatnot. But that’s what we’re doing right now.

Another 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 the initial mission that we set out on, which was to get into these under-served communities and help folks spay and neuter their pets. 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 too. Yeah. 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 if, for whatever reason, they can’t get there. 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 van that helps you transport animals. And you guys are using that and spinning it around to help you, in 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 dog has what it needs every day, you know, if somebody needs 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 would have in any normal business. A lot of those functions apply to this as well. And so it’s just that the daily management probably is one of the bigger hurdles, especially for an organization our 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 hats, if you will. Okay.

So right now, there’s several of us wearing multiple hats, which just fine, but we’re trying to work towards getting some of those responsibilities–and finding some more virtual volunteers that can help alleviate some of that. But that would probably be one of the biggest maybe plain 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 pleas every day on Facebook for, you know, “please help me with this animal. I found stuck,” is because we’re not spaying and 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 clinic or you do it at another clinic, just do it. Yeah, Of course.

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 mouth. 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 to be in front of them. And a lot of people are very interested in animal-related posts. And especially dog-driven posts. And a long part of the educational piece is, it’s so easy to tell if your dog has puppies, 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 speak 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 life of the mama dog. And then let’s just say 50% of the mama Dogs puppies every year are female. And if you never get them fixed, 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 litters with 10 pups each on each litter, that’s 20 more dogs that has arrived in your community in 12 months. And they will probably come in your care at some point.

I found that you 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 spay and neuter. So it’s very easy to say, just by that one example, how it 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 litters, but 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 litter after litter, after litter. So breaking the cycle is really what our goal is. That’s what we’re really all about.

There’s a lot more that organizations, and people in general are doing to 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 you’re around one, and they’re absolutely terrified of, 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 blahblahblah—,” 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 that animals are 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 welfare industry and if everyone would just choose to focus on the positive things, the negative things will probably cease being. But there’s just so much out there. There are so many great organizations. If animals are your thing and you think you want to get involved with helping change animal’s life, reach out to some organization, whether it’s our organization or another organization near you or if you see one on Facebook, that’s 2000 miles away from you, but you wanna help them reach out to them and find out “what can I help you do 2000 miles away?” And I guarantee you they’ll probably come up with something. Yes, absolutely. It’s all about networking. And so there’s a lot of positive things going on right now. And 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 we are trying to change the story from 2,401 puppies leaving every year to no puppies leaving every year. Yeah. So our vision is to change the story. So 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 or 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 different story. 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 pet 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 spay and neuter your pets. Yes, have at it. If nothing else. We learned nothing else from today’s conversation. Please spay and neuter your cats and dogs. 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. Virtual 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. So yeah, but if you think you like what you heard today and you think you wanna be a part of it with us in 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 midsouthanimalwelfare@gmail.com. The second way would be to hop on the socials. Go get on your Facebook type in MidSouth Animal Welfare Foundation. We’ll 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, We still got our website midsouthanimalwelfare.org. And there’s a contact button on there. You just click that, fill out all the fields hit submit and we’ll get back to you that way too. So, yeah, if you think you wanna help, don’t let the distance, don’t let where you live scare you 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 are 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, it has. Some new takeaway, some new information 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. Alrighty, 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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