About CLHS



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Since 1953

Saving Animals & Finding Homes

In 1953 a small group of concerned citizens undertook the care of a few animals that were abandoned by their owners. We have no documentation of how this effort was accomplished or the length of time involved. A brief outline available to us now indicates that in 1970 the Lowndes County Humane Society was organized. In 1971 the name was changed to the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society and we became a 501 (c) 3 organization. Our original facility constructed in 1976, was built at 13 Airline Road atop an old abandoned landfill. Over time, the unstable grounds began to shift, resulting in serious structural damage. It became increasingly difficult to properly care for our animals and also safety issues became a concern.

For reasons stated above, we were in desperate need of a new facility. Thankfully, due to a generous donor, we were given the deed to 6.2 acres of land to build a new facility. The land has been cleared by 3 business owners, giving freely the use of their equipment and man power to prepare the site for building.

In order to meet the expectations and extreme need, we knew we must build a new facility to house the animals entrusted to us. Time was of the essence.

Over the course of 15 years we planned, dreamed, and solicited funds to make the new and improved Columbus Lowndes Humane Society a reality! The weekend of Labor Day in September 2013 we were blessed to begin moving into our current facility located at 50 Airline Road.

Our shelter brings animals and humans together in an exciting space to increase adoption programs while educating the public on pet care, animal population control, and the value of animals to our society. The design provides a safe, stimulating, and healthy environment for animals. Proper function and flow was included to insure the success of our shelter. Our animal shelter is an attractive and inviting facility that stands as a pillar in our community. Now and hopefully for many many years to come.

We say “Thank You” to each and every person who contributed monetarily and in kind to help make the New and Improved CLHS facility a Reality. We couldn’t have done it without your generosity, love, and support!

The CLHS Board thanks you and the animals thank you!

What Drives Us

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect, abandonment and exploitation, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion.

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About us

Board of Directors

Jyl Barefield

Jyl is a lifelong resident of Colmbus, MS. She graduated from MS State University with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. After retiring from the public school system, Jyl began volunteering for the CLHS, helping at events and walking dogs. In January of 2014, she joined the CLHS board. Over the years, she has volunteered for the Good Samaritan Medical clinic, Market Street, Columbus Arts Council, and the Lowndes County Relay for Life.

Kim Lott

Kim is the newest member of the Columbus -Humane Society Board of Directors. A native of Forest, MS, Kim graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in marketing.

She is married to Toby Lott of Columbus, MS. She is a member of First United Methodist Church.

Katherine Mallory

CLHS Board Treasurer • Katherine Mallory is the newest member of the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society Board of Directors. A native of Canton, she and her husband, Marcus, have lived in Columbus for 17 years with their two children, Marcus Jr. and Patrick

Teresa Palmer Miley

CLHS Board Assistant Treasurer • Originally from Amory, MS, Teresa graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Accounting. She moved to Columbus in 1991 and joined the CLHS Board that same year. She has been employed at BankTEL Systems for the past 12 years

Becky Cunningham

Board Member for CLHS since 2011 • Becky is a life long resident of Columbus, MS and graduated from MSU with a Business Degree. She retired from the District Attorneys office after 32 years as a Victims Advocate. She is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church

About Us

CLHS Staff


Director of CLHS since Dec 2007

Married to Jeff Johnwick since 1994, active duty military wife for over 22 years. Mother of two adult children, 10 dogs and 2 cats. Born in Florida, lived in Ohio, England, and Mississippi. Karen has worked with animals most of her life and hopes to continue to do so as long as she lives


Cat Care Attendant for CLHS since 2018

 Proud Navy mom of son, Aaron. Originally from Mississippi-grew up in Arizona. Over 25 years in the medical field. Enjoys spending time with family and her many fur babies at home and work. Almost a crazy cat lady.


Manager (or as he likes to call himself “Jack of all trades”) for CLHS since 2006

Has a B.S. in Business and over 15 years experience assisting veterinarians. Married to Cassidi Nickles and father of Rushton. When Jason is not saving cats and dogs, you can find him racing motorcycles most weekends.


Head Cat Attendant for CLHS since 2010

Born in Cat Fish Alley Columbus, Mississippi, moved to Michigan and married Clyde Brown. She has two sons–Seth and Phillip. She is also the grandmother of 2 boys and 2 girls.


Animal Care Attendant for CLHS since 2011

Chris moved from California to Mississippi in 2002. He has helped fostering dogs with his mother, Trudy, for years.


Senior Care Animal Attendant for CLHS since 2011

McDanell, mother of three sons. Originally from California, moved to Mississippi 2003. Trudy has rescued 5 furbabies from CLHS and has fostered countless more.


Front Desk Attendant and Volunteer Coordinator for CLHS Since 2011

In addition to serving as volunteer coordinator for the past 3 years, Nicole has also had the pleasure of volunteering at off-site adoption events, fundraisers and supply drives. In early 2014 she began working part-time as an animal care attendant. Other areas of interest include fostering mother cats with litters, bottle feeding orphan kittens, writing grant proposals, and advancing TNR projects. She grew up in Virginia and is a RN. Her husband is a retired air force pilot, currently working as a simulator pilot. They have been married 23 years and have six children, ages 7-17. They live in Caledonia, MS.

We'd love to hear from you.

We love to hear from you

Columbus Lowndes Humane Society
50 Airline Road
Columbus, MS 39701
(662) 327-3107