Who Will Let the Dogs Out?
PRESS CONFERENCE: Who Will Let the Dogs Out?
Mayor Caged to Raise Cash for Abused Animals
Grenada, Miss. (April 14, 2017) – Animal advocates from In Defense of Animals and Friends of the Grenada Shelter are joining forces with beloved Grenada Mayor Billy Collins in a bid to raise desperately-needed funds for abused animals through a lock-in fundraiser. Mayor Collins, Chief of Police Garrett Hartley, Humane Officer Randy Brown, and Grenada animal advocates will be caged and not released until they meet their target “adoption fee” of $5,000. The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 14, at 500 Mayor Boone Airport Road at the Grenada Animal Shelter, adjacent to Grenada Municipal Airport.
“I applaud the tireless work of local advocates and animal control officers who help our community’s abused and abandoned animals,” said Mayor Collins. “Please donate to help Grenada’s animals and get me out of my cage!”
The proceeds from the “Who Will Let the Dogs Out?” fundraiser will aid with the vaccination, testing, medical needs, and care of animals sheltered at the Grenada Animal Shelter.
In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaigner, Doll Stanley has worked for over 20 years on animal abuse cases in Grenada. She said, “Grenada Animal Control Officers do the city proud by always displaying professionalism and concern for the animals they steward. However, animals continue to suffer in our county, and it’s down to all of us to do something about it. Mayor Collins welcomes suggested amendments to tighten the City’s animal ordinance and help Grenada’s animals.”
Grenada intends for its shelter to become a mark of the community’s compassion, working to place every adoptable animal through local adoptions and transports to regions where spay and neuter programs and mandates have curbed overpopulation of companion animals.
Biscuit’s Rescue has taken the first step toward this vision, by clearing the grounds and repainting the shelter. Stanley praised their efforts, saying, “With the blessing of Mayor Collins and the City Board, Friends of the Grenada Shelter are giving the facility the appearance and safe haven citizens of the city and county can be proud of. They have done wonders with the Grenada Animal Shelter.”
The primary goal of In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign is to unite Mississippi rescue, shelter, law enforcement, and judicial representatives by building coalitions to overcome the lack of resources and knowledge that is vital for a cruelty-free Mississippi. In Defense of Animals is planning more like events in other regions of the state.
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Biscuit’s Rescue is a Grenada voluntary organization founded by local resident Lindsey Yawn, dedicated to the humane care and placement of impounded animals in the county.
In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization that operates Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Miss., and the Winona, Miss. based Justice for Animals campaign. The international animal protection organization represents over 250,000 supporters and has a 30-year history of fighting for animals, people and the environment through education, campaigns and hands on rescue facilities in India, Africa, and rural Mississippi.
In Defense of Animals’ Justice for Animals campaign is actively working with officials in communities, building a groundswell of support for establishing and amending city and county ordinances as part of its campaign to show state lawmakers that Mississippians will not tolerate animal cruelty.
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