MISSISSIPPI SPAY AND NEUTER

aka MS SPAN   |   Richland, MS   |  www.msspan.org

Mission

MS SPAN's mission is to reduce the euthanasia and suffering of homeless animals by providing affordable spay and neuter, by engaging the cooperation of the community, and by raising awareness of pet overpopulation.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since 2005, we have helped more than 90,000 cats and dogs in Mississippi.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Sharon Garner

Main address

657 Hwy 49 South

Richland, MS 39218 USA

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EIN

20-2938077

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have a problem in Central Mississippi, and it causes the suffering of thousands of beautiful creatures. Every year, thousands of cats and dogs are either euthanized or left homeless to fend for themselves. Thousands of pets, yes pets, even puppies and kittens, are surrendered to our shelters where many are euthanized. Stray animals are not spayed or neutered and so they have babies, who then suffer or are picked up and euthanized.

There are many reasons that animals are surrendered or abandoned. It could be a lack of resources, health issues, or various other circumstances. But the problem remains. Central Mississippi has an animal overpopulation crisis. There aren't enough fosters or adoptive families to take care of all the animals that currently have no home.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Big Fix Clinic

The Big Fix Clinic is a high-volume spay/neuter clinic in central Mississippi and provides services to residents (750,000+) living within 90 miles of the clinic

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Big Fix Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of animals spayed or neutered at our Big Fix Clinic.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe that by providing access to affordable spay/neuter programs as well as educating the public about the need to prevent unwanted births of puppies and kittens. By making prevention our major goal then we can stop the killing of healthy dogs and cats in local communities as well as reducing the numbers of homeless dogs and cats who are being left to die on streets and highways.

We are actively promoting our three spay and neuter delivery systems as well as looking for new and effective awareness programs like SPAY IT FORWARD and Save a Life Tomorrow. We need to engage the public as well as other animal welfare organizations so that together we can continue to increase and strengthen our existing programs that provide the affordable and humane solution, which is prevention through spay and neuter.

Because Mississippi Spay and neuter has only one mission, which is to end the crisis of pet overpopulation, we have be able to work closely with the veterinary community so that we can continue to provide spay/neuter, voucher and referral services to 82% of the population (42 counties out of 82 counties) with our three delivery systems: Big Fix Clinic, targeted voucher and transport programs. Our fourth delivery system is our referral programs that refers pet owners to the other three high-volume spay/neuter clinics as well as to other voucher programs across the state Mississippi.

These services are what make MS SPAN such a great asset to Mississippi residents and why we have been able to help more pet owners get their pets fixed through our delivery systems. Plus we are changing the way Mississippians feel about and how they treat their dogs and cats.

Fortunately, we have a local foundation who is committed to helping people get their companion and feral animals fixed. With their financial support, we are able to help every pet owner looking for affordable spay and neuter services through our Big Fix Clinic in Central Mississippi. If their dog or cat does not meet our requirements (over the age of six and has medical issues), we issue them a voucher to a private veterinary clinic that matches our fees at the Big Fix Clinic.

For those pet owners outside of commuting distance, we provide a transport services in three counties (Lauderdale, Pike and Warren) and they also receive services based on their ability to pay.

Lastly, our voucher program is currently being funded by the Bernice Barbour Foundation, Mississippi's Animal Care Tag and the Natchez Fund, which funding is being raised by local volunteers in Natchez, MS, At this time, we are targeting 19+ communities and our yearly bank balance for this fund runs from $18,000 - $20,000, which is sufficient to meet the demand for spay/neuter vouchers.

We have seen the demand for spay/neuter services increase steadily in the last 14 years. And through our yearly conferences, we also know that the other two high volume clinics have made a significant difference in their communities too. In 2007, we brought the Little Fix Rig to Hattiesburg, MS and helped them introduce affordable spay/neuter services for community animals and in 2009 the Hattiesburg Shelter opened up their own successful high-volume spay/neuter clinic.

In 2010, we took the Little Fix Rig to Natchez, MS and we ran a monthly spay and neuter clinic in their community. In 2011, they decided to start raising money for a voucher fund to help residents in Natchez, MS and asked MS SPAN to manage the Natchez fund. They have raised over $23,965+ dollars and their fund helped to fix more than 1579+ dogs and cats fixed under this program.

So we believe that the Little Fix Rig was initially our ambassador for introducing affordable spay and neuter services into these two underserved counties. And we also have helped other groups establish their own non-profit organizations so that they can help their own community animals. And now the Big Fix Clinic is helping more than 82% of the Mississippi population get access to affordable spay/neuter services.

In 2019, we recognized that the demand for spay and neuter had grown larger than the Big Fix Clinic could accommodate. We renovated and moved into a larger facility that will allow us to double our capacity, and our goal is to be operating at full capacity by the end of 2020.

Financials

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Operations

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MISSISSIPPI SPAY AND NEUTER

Board of directors
as of 1/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Julie Parks

Veterinarian

Term: 2007 -

Philip Bushby, DVM

Mississippi State University

Anne Anderson

Geneaologist

Don Picolo

Accountant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/13/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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