HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Pines Animal Shelter is among 50 shelters across the country that are anxiously awaiting the results of a nationwide competition for a large award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or the ASPCA. The Hattiesburg-based shelter took part in the ASPCA's $100,000 Challenge to Save More Lives.
That 3-month contest just wrapped up last week. It encouraged shelters to come up with innovative ways to find homes for more dogs and cats.
"I think we did fairly well," said shelter manager Virginia Cheatham. "I believe our numbers did increase in our adoptions and we're hoping to keep doing some things that were implemented during that time to keep everybody interested in the shelter and our adoptions rising," Cheatham said.
The Challenge winner will be announced on December 8th.