HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The staff and volunteers at Southern Pines Animal Shelter are making steady progress in achieving their goal of finding homes for hundreds of dogs and cats as part of a national adoption event this summer. Nearly 300 pets at the shelter have been adopted since June 1, which marked the beginning of this year's ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.
That's a competition to encourage animal shelters to come up with innovative ways to increase adoptions.
It ends on Aug. 31.
Southern Pines has set a goal of 1,500 adoptions for that period.
Saturday, nearly 40 cats and kittens found permanent homes during an event called the "Mad Catter Tea Party."
Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim paid the adoption fees for those pets, so that qualified adopters could take them home for free.
"We are just trying to come up with as many new ideas, new programs, new ways to get out there with available animals just to help them find homes," said Ginny Sims, shelter manager. "We want to have a summer that truly is filled with lives saved and we're on our way to 1,500," she said.
Sims said seven cats that were not adopted Saturday as part of the "Mad Catter" event would be available for adoption Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.