Southern Pines unveiling new, friendlier look

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Throughout the week the Southern Pines Animal Shelter is inviting the public to stop by and see the changes that have taken place at the facility to make it a more friendly, inviting environment.

Several events are scheduled at the shelter as part of "What a Difference Week."

In the last year the shelter has undergone several changes to spruce up the property and make it a more welcoming environment. These include new landscaping, visual improvements, to the main shelter building, and a freshly paved parking lot. They also have been working to simplify the adoption process and make it more friendly.

Several events are scheduled throughout the week to entice people to stop by.

"Tuesday we're doing free engraved pet tags it's a limit of one per pet. You have to have at least a name and phone number put on it," said Theresa Venette, shelter manager. "Wednesday we have volunteer appreciation afternoon. Thursday night we're going to be at Keg and Barrel from 5 to 8 for "Yappy Hour" Owners are encouraged to bring their dogs on a leash. Friday we're handing out free dog food to pet owners in need. No proof of need is required. Saturday we will have several dogs and cats that can be adopted for free. We will also have hot dogs and drinks for everybody who comes."

Last year the shelter took in more than 5000 animals. Many of those were adopted or reunited with their owners. Many others were sent to breed specific rescues all over the country.

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