East Mississippi Animal Rescue


East Mississippi Animal Rescue started in 2001 and is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of abandoned animals in East Mississippi.

EMAR is a small group of dedicated volunteers trying to make a difference in our community. We are not a shelter with visiting hours; animals are housed at the homes of volunteers, which means we can accept only a limited number of animals at a time.

Each animal is given basic medical care and, if at an appropriate age, is spayed or neutered. The adoption fee charged for puppies or kittens includes a spay or neuter fee so the procedure can be done when the animal is old enough. Adoption fees also help cover routine veterinary costs. Rescue expenses are funded by donations and adoption fees. EMAR has never received any assistance from county or city government and is not affiliated with any county-run facility.

Our motto: We find beauty in the most incomprehensible places and the otherwise homely faces. It is our gift to see beyond the dirt, terror, sadness, and defeat and find the true soul that lies within. We are Rescue.

Our Pets

The animals we receive are taken in because of a special situation (owner going to nursing home, small dog that would be traumatized by a shelter environment, animal needs medical assistance, etc.)

Our adoption fees for cats are usually a $100 donation and most dogs are $150. This fee covers current vaccinations, the spay/neuter of the animal, and a 1-year rabies vaccination, along with any other necessary treatment (e.g. heartworms, amputation, ear mites, mange, etc). Some pets are groomed and/or have their teeth cleaned prior to adoption. ALL cats and dogs are neutered, age permitting. If the animal adopted is too young, following up on that is a must. Click here to see the pets for adoption from EMAR.

Adoption Requirements

If you are interested in adopting an animal from us:

We Need Your Help!

The Animal Rescue is run solely on donations and volunteer help. We are a 501(c)(3) status non-profit organization.

Here are a few ways you can help:

If you are interested in donating time, money, or supplies, please contact Paula Joyner at (601) 553-3060 or by e-mail at prjoyner@comcast.net.


East Mississippi Animal Rescue
2440 North Hills Street
Suite 105-107
Meridian, MS 39305
Phone: (601) 553-3060
Email: prjoyner@comcast.net

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter.
Click here to see our upcoming events.
Click here to see our 2017 Happy Tails--pets that have either been adopted or transported to another rescue for adoption.

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