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OUR STORY

PR logo saving lives since 2004The concept for Paws Rescue started in 2004 with a neglected and abandoned Cocker Spaniel whose fur was so matted, it formed a cast over his entire body.

Vicksburg City Animal Control had picked the dog up, and they called Leigh Conerly to see if she was interested in helping the Cocker Spaniel. Leigh and her friend Bobbie Galford rescued the dog, had him shaved, treated for heartworms, and the additional parasites he had contracted. His vet bills mounted, but they continued to pay for all of his treatments with their own money until he had fully recovered. They named the Cocker Spaniel “Morgan” after Leigh’s mom, Nancy Morgan, who helped start the Vicksburg-Warren County Humane Society in the early 70’s. Because of her mom’s influence, Leigh had been rescuing stray and injured animals since she was a child. Bobbie had been passionately involved in animal rescue efforts for more than 10 years at that time and had supported rescue efforts in every community where she lived. Another friend and animal lover, Debbie Freeman, who had also been a volunteer at the local shelter, joined them in their efforts.

Because there were so many animals like Morgan that needed help, Bobbie, Leigh and Debbie decided to start a small, no-kill pet rescue in July of 2004 that they named “Paws Rescue”. Over the next year, Paws Rescue became a 501(c)3 non-profit and a registered Mississippi charity. Their intent was, and still is, to rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter, and adopt out homeless dogs and cats to loving homes in the Vicksburg and Warren County area. Since 2004, Paws Rescue has successfully cared for hundreds of unwanted and abandoned stray cats and dogs. By our 10th Anniversary in 2014, we had vaccinated and spayed or neutered 2,870 cats and 939 dogs and had facilitated 915 adoptions.

Paws Rescue is composed of a small army of volunteers which includes the members of our Board of Directors. In addition, all of our rescued pets are housed in foster homes. Each year with the help of our volunteers and foster families, Paws Rescue has saved more animals than the year before which has significantly benefited the community. Paws Rescue continues to work towards the time when there are no more stray, abandoned, neglected or abused cats or dogs. And Morgan? He was adopted by a wonderful family and was the first of hundreds of “happily ever after stories” for Paws Rescue.

PAWS RESCUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leigh Conerly, President
Beth Hinson Whitehead, Vice President
Jeanne Simmons Kelley, Treasurer
Dedra Henley – Fundraising/Public Relations
Natalia Vinas – Secretary

NEEDS

donate dogOur “Wishlist” for Items that We Need:

~ Dry Cat and Dog Food
~ Cleaning Supplies for our foster cats & kittens at Petsense
~ Foster Homes for Dogs, Cats and Kittens!
~ Cat carriers and humane live traps for TNR program
~ Volunteers to help socialize rescued pets
~ Volunteers to help with fundraising events
~ Volunteers to assist with pet transportation

If you would like to donate any of the above items to Paws Rescue,
please call us at 601-529-1535 or email us at
Leigh@pawsrescuepets.org!

Homes Urgently Needed for Barn Cats!
A feral cat will keep your barn rodent free for the price of daily cat food, and you’ll be helping to save a life! We have several beautiful, healthy, neutered and vaccinated feral cats that are looking for outdoor homes with a barn, shed, or other shelter. If you would like to adopt a barn cat (or several) e-mail us at Leigh@pawsrescuepets.org! or call 601-529-1535.

Our Canine Program

spay neuter iconThanks to a generous grant from the the Mississippi “I Care for Animals” Car Tag program, Paws Rescue is continuing its “Spay It Forward” program (when grant funds are available) which provides low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs owned by Vicksburg-Warren County residents who are senior citizens, disabled, or on a fixed income. If you have a dog that needs to be fixed, call us today at 601-529-1535 or email Leigh@pawsrescuepets.org to make an appointment to get your dog spayed or neutered. Do the right thing and have your pet fixed — it saves lives!

Our Feline Program

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To humanely manage feral cat populations in the community, Paws Rescue started our “Operation Feral Feline Fix” Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program. Paws Rescue is trapping feral cats, spay or neutering them, and returning them to their colony where volunteers provide food and water and trap new arrivals to the colony. This helps reduce the number of feral cats in the area. Tame cats or kittens that are trapped are taken in my Paws Rescue, examined by a veterinarian, spayed/neutered, and placed in foster homes until they are adopted. As part of our “Spay It Forward” Program, we are offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens (when grant funds are available) for residents of Vicksburg-Warren County who are senior citizens, disabled or on a fixed income. We’re on our way to making Vicksburg-Warren County a place where no more unwanted kittens are born and ultimately euthanized. Call us today at 601-529-1535 or email Leigh@pawsrescuepets.org to make an appointment to get the stray and feral cats you are feeding and caring for fixed.