Southern Pines gears up for ASCPA 100K Challenge

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Pines Animal Shelter has set a lofty goal for adoptions in the next three months as part of the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge.

The shelter is one of fifty across the country selected to participate in the contest and the only from Mississippi. The goal of the competition is for participating shelters to adopt out more animals in June, July, and August, than they did during the same period in 2013. Southern Pines has a goal of 1500 animals, twice what they did during the three months last year. To accomplish that goal Southern Pines has planned several large adoption events for the summer months. The first is this Sunday, June,1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the shelter. It's called The Once Upon Adoption Event.

"It's going to be a really huge adoption event," said Ginny Sims, shelter manager. "We have really great local vendors coming out  with different food and treats. We're going to have face painting and activities. We're going to have lots of animals looking for their forever homes. We're going to be running adoption specials throughout the day. The best way to stay updated is through our facebook page."

The first five adoptions on the day have had their fee waved. They've been sponsored by members of the community.

Sims also announced they are expanding their hours at the shelter by now being open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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