One hundred Southern Pines animals on their way to Florida

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Thanks to the generosity of two members of the community, the Southern Pines Animal Shelter took another big step toward their goal of saving 1500-lives in the next three months.

The shelter set the goal as part of the Rachael Ray ASPCA 100-K Challenge. They are competing against 50 other shelters from across the country in the challenge. Tuesday staff and volunteers spent the day bathing and prepping about 100-puppies and dogs to get them ready to leave on a transport to two different shelters in Florida where they will be adopted out. The transport was paid for by a shelter volunteer and a shelter supporter.

"The challenge is going great so far, we're on track to reaching our goal and even though it's early we've had a great outpouring of people coming out to adopt and  volunteer," said Ginny Sims, SPAS manager. "Just excited about the opportunities to save more lives. We've have been able to reach out and work with some other shelters and rescues. It's been a real growing experience for us and we're excited about it."

The shelter's next big adoption event is Saturday when the fee will be waived for up to 40-kittens and cats.

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