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City Council recognizes SPCA

Mayor Jim Luke recognized members of the Pearl River County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) during yesterday’s meeting of the Picayune City Council.

Local SPCA treasurer Lauren Fitts spoke to the council about their funding sources and the overcrowding of animals at the shelter. Ms. Fitts stated that only 8 percent of their funding comes from the combined efforts of Picayune and Pearl River County government and the remaining monies come from citizen donations, grants, and fund raisers.

Treadaway and Fitts address the City Council

Shelter Manager, Beth Treadaway said the shelter, on average, takes care of approximately 3,500 animals a year and 30-40 percent of those are strays picked up in the area, and others are owner surrenders. Currently the shelter has about 250 dogs and cats ready for adoption and another 150 in foster care waiting for their forever homes.

Treadaway is hopeful that the near future could see a 90% live release of adoptable pets to loving homes. If you are interested in adopting please visit their website at



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