Adoptions for dogs slow as it was hot in Ocean Springs, but spirits high –

Gail Byrd of Ocean Springs was drawn into T&N Feed Store parking lot Saturday morning by the pet adoption sign by the road.

“I was riding by and saw the sign. I had to stop,” Byrd said as she peered into the dog crates lined up in the shade of the porch. “I wish I could adopt one.”

Her black and white springer spaniel had died a few years ago, so Byrd said she kept going back to the black and white medium size dog.

Members of the Animal Protection and Education Association, the Friends of the Jackson County Animal Shelter and Tired Dog Rescue offered almost 20 dogs for adoption. The dogs, which ranged from puppies to adults and from small to large, all wore brightly colored bandanas around their necks. With the assortment of volunteers, the dogs barking and the people coming to visit them, the energy was high.

“T&N Feed Store works with us, letting us set up out front,” said Neva Bailey of Vancleave with the Animal Protection and Education Association.

The dogs that are placed for adoption will be or have been neutered or spayed, heart worm tested and have gotten all their vaccinations, she said.

Volunteer Tiffany Wilson of Ocean Springs said her three children were supposed to attend a birthday party on Saturday, but when they heard she was going to help at a pet adoption, they wanted to go, too. Her son, Josh Wilson, 8, wore a T-shirt proclaiming “Don’t litter, spay or neuter your critter.”

“My kids tell me animals are more important than people,” Tiffany Wilson said.

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