In Defense of Animals opened an innovative new animal sanctuary in Mississippi this week — one that replaces sterile cages with comfortable cottages for its precious furry residents. Along with the new cozy cottages, the rescue center boasts a specialized cattery and progressive veterinary clinic.

The compact houses at Hope Animal Sanctuary in Carroll County are designed with the animals’ well-being in mind and the intent of providing them with a more home-like environment as they await their forever families and new guardians.

Designed with the help of an animal sanctuary architect, every little dwelling sits in a cul-de-sac with a scenic walkway and covered porch, with its own large, grassy outdoor run where the abandoned and often traumatised cats and dogs can rediscover the joy of life.

Image: In Defense of Animals

“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 In Defense of Animals President Dr. Marilyn 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.”

The Carroll County region has very few other animal shelters or animal services, so IDA’s work is essential here. Last year alone, the sanctuary was able to re-home 700 rescued dogs and cats.

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Image Credit: Hope Animal Sanctuary

At the grand opening ceremony on Saturday, Dr. Kroplick cut the ribbon as members of the public looked on.

“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 is entirely funded by donations, and encourages local residents or businesses to support this incredible new center by sponsoring one of the grassy dog runs or tiny houses.