HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Pines Animal Shelter continues to lead its division in an annual nationwide adoption competition. As of Friday, the Hattiesburg shelter was atop the leaderboard for the second month in Division Three of the 2014 ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.
50 shelters across the country are participating in that event, which began in June and ends August 31.
So far, Southern Pines has found new homes for 881 pets, which is an increase of 369 over the same period in 2013. The goal for the entire challenge is 1,500 adoptions.
Meanwhile, voting began Friday in a separate grant competition associated with the $100K Challenge. A $25,000 Community Engagement Award will be presented to the shelter that saves at least 300 additional lives during the competition and has the best direct community involvement.
Three finalists will be chosen based on online voting from Aug. 15-30.
A grant committee will choose the winner.
Also Saturday, SPAS hosted its second Quin's Day event to help boost cat adoptions. It's held in honor of Quin Thomson, a former Sacred Heart Catholic School student who was killed in an auto accident. During that event, the adoption fees were waived for at least 40 cats and kittens.