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Animal Shelter

Section Topics:

Kittens for Sale
On Sale Summer 2013

Animal Shelter - Diane Robinson
Diane Robinson, Director



Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568

Shelter Physical Address

4400 Audubon Lane
Gautier, MS

Phone Number:


After Hour Emergencies:



Mon - Fri, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm



Municipal Animal Control Agencies
Moss Point
Ocean Springs

Jackson County Animal Shelter
Animal Shelter Animal Shelter inside

Help by Making a Donation
boy making a donation to shelter
The shelter accepts donations of dog & cat food, old towels & blankets, & cat litter.

Jackson County Animal Shelter



Featured Pet

Max is a male Great Pyrenees mix available for adoption at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.

You can learn more about Max here.

Or you can see more adoptable pets on our Pet Picks page.

Recent Policy Changes

There is a $15 surrender fee for animals brought into the shelter. In addition, daily care fees and some animal redemption fees have increased for impounded animals. See below for details.

The Jackson County Animal Shelter was established in 1985 and is the only animal shelter in the county. It is located on three acres adjacent to the County soccer complex on Audubon Lane in Gautier, just off Highway 90. The shelter handles all animal control needs for all the county's municipalities.

The shelter has the capacity to accommodate 154 medium sized animals (cats and dogs), and four larger animals, such as goats and horses.

Animal control officers work to serve the unincorporated sections of the county. The officers work during regular hours but are always on call, including nights, weekends and holidays to answer emergency calls, such as dog bites and reports of rabid animals.

The shelter averages almost 100 pet adoptions a month.  Unfortunately, for every animal adopted five new animals arrive at the shelter.

Spaying and Neutering

Cats ready for adoption

There is a serious over-population of dogs and cats in our communities. As a result thousands of stray and unwanted animals must be killed every year.

There are many advantages to spaying or neutering your pet. Besides reducing the number of unwanted animals who are destroyed every year, sterilizing your animal also helps make your pet healthier and more content and prevents the stray animal problems that often occur when a female dog or cat is in heat.



women adopting cats


Adopting animals from the shelter is easy. Adoption fees are
  • $50 for all animals (covers spay or neutering)
All adopted animals are provided with:
  • Certificate of examination from the Jackson County Veterinary Society (entitles adoptee to free health exam)
  • Initial Vaccinations
  • Preventative worming
  • Spaying and Neutering (depending on age of animal)


Animals that are either too young, need further socialization, or have a treatable illness requiring special attention that prevents them from being adoptable candidates at the time they enter the shelter are candidates for a foster program. The shelter recruits volunteers to be foster "parents" for these animals until they become healthier and adoptable. If you are interested in becoming a foster "parent" contact the shelter.  For more information on the Foster Program contact the Animal Shelter.


dog If you have lost or found an animal please call the Animal Shelter and make a report.  We maintain the only centralized registry of lost and found animals in the county. All reports can help lead to an animal being re-united with their owners.

A small fee is charged to reclaim a lost animal from the shelter and proof of vaccination must be provided.

ANIMAL CONTROL ORDINANCE LAWS: (paraphrased excerpts)

1.    Every person who owns, possesses, or harbors or keeps a dog or cat over three months old shall have and keep such dog or cat inoculated against rabies. The vaccination should be administered annually and given by a licensed veterinarian.

2.    It is unlawful for any dog, cat, domesticated livestock, or any other owned animal to run at large upon the streets, alleys, or other public or private property not your own unless restrained by a leash or lead.

3.    All domesticated animals must be SECURELY confined to your property.

Violations of any of the above laws may result in your animal being impounded, or charges being filed against you, or both.

Fines from charges filed in court can be as much as $100 plus court costs for each count on each charge.

Animals impounded at the shelter have to be reclaimed by their owners after paying an impound fine and a daily care fee in the following amounts.  

Type of Animal Impound Fee Daily Care Fee
Small animals (such as dogs, domestic cats) $20 - First occurrence
$25 - Second occurrence
$50 - Third and subsequent occurrences
Large animals (such as cow, horse) $30 - First occurrence
$50 - Second occurrence
$75 - Third and subsequent occurrences
The above rates are effective as of 5/28/2013 in accordance with the 4/22/2013 amendment to the Animal Control Ordinance


Animal Cruelty:

The Mississippi Title Code of 1972 protects animals against cruel and inhumane treatment.  Animals must be given proper food and water and must not be inhumanely treated.  If you see a neglected or cruelly treated animal contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter or your local animal control agency. 

Rabies Control:

Report all animal bites immediately to the Mississippi Department of Health at 228.875.1336 to report it as soon as possible. 
Then contact the local (county or city) Animal Control ASAP, contact numbers are in left column of this webpage.  

Programs Available:

A comprehensive Humane Education program including classroom presentations and hands-on workshops, emphasizing compassion and kindness across the curriculum. Field trips to the shelter are also allowed and encouraged. For more information contact the shelter.

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