Animal Protection and Education Association Inc.
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All photos courtesy of
Lisa Campbell Photography


Animals Currently Under Our Care:

21 Dogs
28 Cats
20 Horses & Donkeys
4 Pigs
20+ Ducks
(and 45 ducklings!)

APEA uses food at a daily rate of:

           50-60 pounds of dog food 
           20 pounds of cat food 
           150 pounds of horse feed 
           5 pounds of feed for pigs, ducks & goats


How You Can Help

Donate Money

As you know, it takes a lot of money to shelter, rehab and properly care for these abandoned, abused and neglected animals.  We appreciate any financial help you can provide.  Feel free to mail your contribution to:

13481 Seaman Road
Vancleave, MS 39565

or use our convenient online donation system through Paypal by clicking on the link below.  You don't have to have a Paypal account to use it!

**Donations are tax deductible**


Donate Goods

One particular item that everyone assumes we need is newspaper.  Please DO NOT bring newspaper to donate.  We already have plenty of it and more newpaper will only take up valuable space that we could use for other supplies or donations. 

We are always in need of several items that keep our animals healthy and happy.  If you would like to donate any of the following items, please contact us for directions to the shelter:
  • Good quality DRY dog & cat food (preferably Pedigree)
  • Leashes & collars
  • Chew bones of all sizes
  • Treats
  • T&N Feed & Pet Supply giftcards (to purchase horse feed and animal food)
  • Lowe's / Home Depot giftcards (to purchase kennel supplies & building materials)
  • Our cats love to sleep on Kuranda Cat beds, but we don't have enough for everyone.  If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price so another cat can sleep in comfort, please click here.
Kuranda Cat Beds


If you are unable to make it to our shelter to bring your donations or if it would be more convenient for you to bring your donations somewhere closer to where you live, you can drop them off at one of our official donation collection locations:

    Ocean Springs

Bienville Animal Medical Center
1524 Bienville Blvd


We are always in need of loving volunteers to help care for these animals.  If you are interested in lending a helping hand, there are several ways you can get involved: 


  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Walking
  • Dog Socializing
  • Feeding
  • General Cleaning
  • Pooper Scooper (it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it!)
  • Yard Work
  • Construction (fences and stables)
  • Mobile Adoptions
  • Horse Feeding
  • Horse Grooming
  • Scrubbing Water Buckets
  • Mucking Stalls
  • Dog and/or Horse Training
  • Fundraising 
  • PR / Special Events
  • Computer Data Input 

If you are interested in volunteering at APEA, please fill out the APEA volunteer application and release form.  To download the forms, please click on the thumbnail below.  A new window will open with the volunteer form and you can right click, then click "save picture as" to save the file onto your computer to be printed out. 

Once filled out, you can bring the form to our rescue or to one of our Petsmart adoption events.

Foster Care

One of the most generous and kind acts you can do to help our animals while we attempt to find them a permanent home is to open your home to them as a foster parent.  If you are truly interested in fostering an animal from our shelter, please contact us for further details.