Since 1993, IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary (HAS) has rescued, provided refuge, and fought for justice for abused animals in rural Mississippi. In a region devoid of animal shelters and other vital animal control services, the ongoing work of HAS is beyond critical in providing hope for animals continuing to suffer in America’s Deep South .
The Sanctuary has saved thousands of animals over the years, and not just dogs and cats. The Sanctuary has helped to save other animal species including sheep, pigs, horses, cows, and even chickens. In recent years Hope Animal Sanctuary has even advocated for wild and exotic species however, rescues of this type require specialized facilities not found at Hope Animal Sanctuary. We ensure that all rescued animals receive safe transportation away from harm, provide them with veterinary care, spay and neuter, good food and fresh water, and a lot of love and kindness.
HAS also conducts undercover investigations, coordinates raids with local law enforcement, and ultimately rescues animals suffering from starvation, disease, violent abuse and extreme neglect. From rescues involving animals suffering at the mercy of puppy mill operators, animal “collectors”, animal dealers and dog fighting rings (where emaciated dogs with swollen and bleeding heads were tightly bound to chains), to the rescue of exotic species, farm animals, and companion animals in trouble, we are there. We also go the distance to provide the necessary evidence to ensure every abuser is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We do so despite death threats and acts of physical violence against us. We do so for the animals.
We also facilitate the adoptions of hundreds of animals each year. When HAS is at maximum capacity, dogs become the beneficiaries of our Freedom Run Program, and are transported to a partner sanctuary and shelter in the state of Colorado. The great majority of concerned Mississippi guardians are also at full capacity caring for animals, and are unable to adopt many more. In Colorado, more homes are available and the adoption of animals there is proving to be a success.
Hope Animal Sanctuary itself remains home to more than 150 animals, all survivors of near death due to starvation, beatings and/or other horrors beyond comprehension. Residents at HAS have been so traumatized that finding homes for them is a near impossibility. We provide permanent sanctuary to them along with the peace and compassion they rightfully deserve.
IDA’s Hope Animal Sanctuary carries out endless missions of mercy on behalf of the animals suffering in Mississippi, innocent beings who have nowhere else to turn for help. Thank you for supporting our work, we can’t do what we do without you.