The ASPCA awarded Southern Pines several awards Tuesday afternoon.
Southern Pines won division three of the Rachael Ray 100k challenge, and most improved player from the ASPCA. They saved 551 animals more than last year, and took home a $50,000 reward for their work.
The shelter began their journey in the challenge in June competing against 50 other shelters from across the country with the goal being to increase adoptions in June, July, and August over the same period last year. The shelter with the largest increase per capita would win the top prize. Southern Pines set a goal of saving 1500 lives which would double what they did last year.
After the first two-months of the challenge, though not in first place overall, they were still leading their division, which if they held that lead would make them eligible for a smaller cash prize.
By the end of August the shelter had nearly reached their goal, saving the lives of 1432 animals. This was accomplished by numerous special adoption events, transports to other parts of the country, and the hard work put in the by staff, management, and volunteers.