HOWEVER, HARP DOESN'T OPERATE A SHELTER OR SANCTUARY OR ADOPTION FACILITY. WE DEEPLY REGRET THAT WE CANNOT ACCEPT UNWANTED ANIMALS OR STRAYS. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY FACILITY TO HOUSE HOMELESS ANIMALS. HARP IS NOT A RESCUE GROUP. We are not trained animal control officers and so WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PICK UP STRAY OR WILD DOGS. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO RESPOND TO CALLS OR EMAILS WANTING TO "GET RID OF" UNWANTED ANIMALS OR ASKING HARP TO TAKE ANIMALS YOU HAVE RESCUED BUT CAN'T KEEP. Call your city or county government office or your veterinarian for assistance with these concerns. If you're looking for free or low-cost spay/neuter in another state, a Google search will turn up resources for you. If you're not low-income but still can't afford spay/neuter in a full-service veterinary clinic, you may qualify for reduced cost spay/neuter for your pets by calling MS SPAN at 866-901-7729. We primarily serve residents of Tate County and Quitman County. Other nearby counties have humane societies and rescue groups that you should first contact for help with spay/neuter.
While we are not a rescue group and do not have a shelter, we do occasionally offer dogs and cats for adoption. All animals adopted from HARP have been spayed or neutered and are vet-checked for health. Because all animals are unpredictable, we cannot guarantee that every animal placed will be suitable for the home into which it is adopted. You should consider your circumstances and your experience with cats and dogs before you commit to an adoption. We'll do our best to help you make a perfect match with a pet that fits your lifestyle, your family, and your home. Without exception, no cat or dog is released until it has been altered. HARP's adoption fee is $100 for a dog and $50 for one cat or $85 for two cats. This makes your adopted pet cheaper than 'free to a good home' animals, because the adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and FIV/leukemia or heartworm tests. We adopt out animals to lifetime loving homes. Please consider carefully the needs of an animal you plan to adopt. Dogs and cats can live for 10, 15, even 20 years. Will you be able to keep the pet through moves, job losses, or job changes? Will you be able to afford their care? Dogs cost from $200 to $1000/year to keep, depending on size. Cats cost from $100 to $200 per year to keep. We strongly discourage declawing cats, which is an exquisitely painful amputation through the bones, nerves, and tendons at the end of the cat's feet. We can help you with alternatives to these amputations, including claw covers and training. To learn more about declawing, visit www.pawproject.org or view other declawing websites.
• You should live within 100 miles of Memphis; this is to reduce travel stress for the animal. With our vet's approval we may make an exception to this guideline.
• You must be 18 or have parental approval to adopt.
• You will need to provide a vet reference; if you've never had a pet before, you may provide a personal reference.
• You should have a fenced yard to adopt a dog.
• You should be prepared to spend about $100-200/year to feed, vaccinate, and shelter a cat. Dogs cost at least $200/year for food, routine vet care, heartworm preventive/vaccinations. Large breed dogs can cost over $1000/year in food, housing, veterinary care, and parasite control.
• Cats and dogs adopted as pets for children have the highest adoption failure and return/surrender rate nationwide. For this reason, if you're looking for a pet for a child, we ask you to please carefully consider the child's age and ability to interact with and care for a pet. Also consider the amount of adult supervision available to care for the pet over its lifetime, which can be 15-20 years. Research shows that children under the age of 6 find it easier to interact with and enjoy a mature, calm, settled adult animal, rather than a pup or kitten who is easily frightened and is more vulnerable.
• We do not adopt out cats or dogs to be given as surprises. The intended recipient should want a pet and must have thought through the obligations involved in caring for a pet over its lifetime.
If you're interested in adopting a dog or cat, please email your contact information so a volunteer can call you, or call us at 662-292-0922 and leave a message.
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