Abused Dogs Get Their Own Tiny Houses at This Mississippi Animal Sanctuary

There’s unfortunately no shortage of stories of animal abuse and neglect coming from the Deep South, but this weekend brought hope for victims with the grand opening of a state-of-the-art sanctuary in Mississippi that has completely reimagined the way animals in need are sheltered.

On Saturday, In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) president Dr. Marilyn Kroplick cut the ribbon in front of a crowd of supporters to celebrate the reopening of Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County.

Ribbon cut at Hope Animal Sanctuary

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The sanctuary, which was founded by Doll Stanley, has been rescuing animals in need since 1993, placing 700 dogs and cats in loving homes last year alone. Now, it’s going to be able to do even more after getting a major makeover.

“Hope Animal Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated thousands of Mississippi’s castoff animals in its 25 years, and these brand new facilities offer new hope to thousands more,” said Kroplick. “Animals find refuge at Hope Animal Sanctuary when they are beaten, blinded, burned, sick, starved, or simply forgotten, and now they will get the top-notch care they deserve in cutting-edge facilities. We are very proud of our quarter-century of work here in the Deep South and thank our generous supporters who have made it happen – their love and compassion is literally written on the bricks.”

Memory Lane at Hope Animal Sanctuary

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The main building will now house a cattery, along with state-of-the-art veterinary rooms, and will also serve as a welcome and education center for visitors.

Fleur Dawes Communications Director of In Defense of Animals in Tiny House at Hope Animal Sanctuary

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Instead of being housed alone in sterile kennels, groups of dogs and puppies will now be living in a more homelike setting in a little neighborhood of 20 tiny houses that surround the main building.

7 Tiny House interior Sharon Stone Operations Director Hope Animal Sanctuary

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Each house comes complete with a shaded porch, which IDA notes are perfect for afternoon naps, and grass filled runs for them to play in.

Dog runs at Hope Animal Sanctuary

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Fleur Dawes, IDA’s Communications Director, told Care2 that the new facilities increase the sanctuary’s capacity to almost 100 animals, while it will also be a permanent home to three pigs, four cats and four horses, who all require specialized care and will spend the remainder of their lives there.

Horse resident blinded and abused fed by Fleur Dawes Communications Director at Hope Animal Sanctuary

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“The animals and people of Mississippi are incredibly lucky to have animal angel Doll Stanley, a fearless campaigner who founded Hope Animal Sanctuary and has rescued literally thousands of animals during her 25 years service in Mississippi,” said Kroplick. “We owe huge thanks to Stanley and also to Hope Animal Sanctuary’s Debbie Clark, Sharon Stone, and their fearless team who do the hard work, day in, day out, to get mistreated animals into loving homes. It is thanks to these folks’ unfaltering dedication to the animals we stand here today and our work will continue.”

Hope Animal Sanctuary staff

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Not only is this an amazing upgrade for animals in need, it’s particularly important in the area it’s located in. According to IDA, Carroll County is unfortunately particularly void of resources for animals in need, making this facility all the more important. Not only will it enable rescuers to save countless more animals, having a place that also provides education and services to the community sends an incredible message about the importance of treating animals with compassion.

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140 comments

Cindy S
Cindy Smith4 months ago

wonderful

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Danuta W
Danuta W4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Marija M
Marija M4 months ago

tks

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Antje S
Antje S4 months ago

Thank you for sharing this - I sincerely hope that all those pups and kitties will find good forever homes

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Leanne K
Leanne K4 months ago

Much better use of funds than RSPCA Victoria, Australia who pay their acEO 1.6 million per annum. That’s a lot of donations before one cat is fed. They built themselves an architect designed swanky office block and the animals are still kept in tiny cages and they continue to kill cats and dogs in large numbers. Disgusting. Thank goodness there is a growing no kill movement

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Leanne K
Leanne K4 months ago

I hope they do themselves out of a job. I would love to see those homes empty because there are no homeless or abused animals, only waiting lists

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Leanne K
Leanne K4 months ago

May they all get terrific new families

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Leanne K
Leanne K4 months ago

It’s a terrific concept. I’m sure in time there will be trees to provide extra shade. I would love to see solar panels too!

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara4 months ago

and this creates jobs

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara4 months ago

good job

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