AN­I­MALS

Starkville Daily News - - FO­RUM -

De­pend­ing on the needs of the an­i­mals, some re­main at the shel­ter and some are moved to other fa­cil­i­ties for bet­ter care.

Wells said last year, the shel­ter had enough rab­bits and cats in their care to trans­port them to an­other shel­ter in their van.

"It was the cutest trans­port ever," she said. "We had six rab­bits and a bunch of kit­ties. We've been able to move them that way, but we also have had com­mu­nity mem­bers that have been in­ter­ested in them. They do take a while to get adopted."

Wells said when adopt­ing ex­otic an­i­mals, peo­ple need to be aware of their spe­cific needs.

"For rab­bits, you need to make sure you know how to han­dle it prop­erly, and if it needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion you need to know of a vet that treats ex­otics," she said. "With any small mam­mal in gen­eral, peo­ple tend to un­der­es­ti­mate how of­ten you have to clean them."

Wells said when rab­bits are at the shel­ter, they are usu­ally kept in the front so they are more vis­i­ble to visi­tors, and it is a qui­eter lo­ca­tion to re­duce their stress.

Along with ex­otic pets, Wells said the shel­ter also sees wild an­i­mals from time to time.

"Peo­ple will also bring in in­jured birds some­times, and we work with wildlife re­hab­bers in the area to get them placed so they can get the care that they need," she said.

The pi­geon that re­cently came into the shel­ter's care came from a lo­cal wildlife re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter, Wells said, and the duck went to the re­hab cen­ter. Both an­i­mals were adopted.

"We knew of some­one who was in­ter­ested in tak­ing the pi­geon who had other birds and could care for it," she said.

The adop­tion process for ex­otic an­i­mals is the same as the process for adopt­ing a dog or a cat, but prices vary de­pend­ing on the species of the an­i­mal and what sup­plies are in­cluded.

For more in­for­ma­tion about adopt­able pets at OCHS, call (662) 338-9093 or visit ochsms.org.

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