About Us


The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society (TLHS) was founded in December 1979 to bring more attention to companion animal overpopulation and to replace the local “pound” with a true animal shelter. Both goals were accomplished.

TLHS is a privately run non-profit organization (501(c)3), but we do currently contract with and receive funding from the City of Tupelo and with Lee County.  However, TLHS primarily relies on funding from donations and fundraisers to help house, feed, and care for the 6,000 animals per year who enter the shelter. We are a dedicated team of trained staff and volunteers that strive to provide a temporary home for the abused, neglected, lost, or abandoned and unwanted animals.

Our mission is to:

  • Promote humane treatment
  • Prevent cruelty
  • Provide education
  • Eliminate pet over-population

Our Values:

  • Adopt animals into permanent, responsible homes
  • Promote spay and neuter practices
  • Assist law enforcement in cases of abuse, cruelty, or neglect
  • Raise awareness in the community about animal welfare
  • Serve our community as a resource for education
  • Encourage our community to make a difference by volunteering
  • Partner with rescues to distribute the surplus of animals from this area
  • Be an advocate for the safety, health, and well being of all animals