SPAS hosts $100K kick-off event

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of supporters of the Southern Pines Animal Shelter gathered to help that facility begin a new campaign to save more homeless dogs and cats. The "Keg and Barrel" in Hattiesburg was the location for the official kick-off for the shelter's participation in the A.S.P.C.A.'s $100,000 Challenge to Save More Lives.

The shelter is one of 50 across the nation taking part in that 3-month competition to boost pet adoptions. The winning shelter gets $100,000.

Many supporters tonight brought along their animals and many others signed up to volunteer at the shelter.

"Our goal over the next 3 months is to increase our adoptions and return them to owners by over 800 animals," said James Moore, a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Pines Animal Shelter. "Regardless of whether we win this contest or not, the animals in this area are winners, because we're finding creative ways to release more animals to the public and cut our euthanasia rates significantly," Moore said.

The competition wraps up in October.

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