Southern Pines finalist in "100K Challenge".

By Jeff Daley – email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The Southern Pines Animal Shelter has reached the top 50 in the ASPCA 100K Challenge.  They will be competing against other shelters across the country during the months of August, September, and October for the top prize.

Two prizes will be awarded in the challenge.  $100,000 will go to the shelter that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved over the three month period.  $25,000 will go to the shelter that engages the largest number of members of the community who help in saving more lives.

If successful, Southern Pines plans to use the money to establish a shelter building fund.  While the shelter has recovered from a December fire that destroyed their office building, the need for a new shelter is great.

Plans are in the making for a community brainstorming meeting to be held in the near future to come up with creative ways to increase the number of adoptions at the shelter.

Community members who would like to get involved can contact Valerie Rachal at 601-544-5678.

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