Southern Pines Animal Shelter receives grant for new adoption program

Southern Pines Animal Shelter receives grant for new adoption program
The Petco Foundation honored the Southern Pines Animal Shelter for making a difference by saving the lives of Hattiesburg's homeless pets. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Pines Animal Shelter and the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are teaming up in a new way to increase adoptions of homeless pets.

The ASPCA has presented a $2,500 grant to SPAS, which it will use to begin an "Adoption Ambassadors" program.

It encourages foster volunteers to not only provide temporary care for animals, but also use social media and other tools to find permanent homes for them.

"We're going to be getting the dogs some new adoption vests and some apparel to help them stand-out in a crowd and also to provide some pre-adoption spay and neuter to help those animals get out into the public and get some exposure," said Ginny Sims, manager of Southern Pines Animal Shelter. "And we're really excited about the program, we're hoping that it's going to benefit about 140 dogs and cats over the next year."

SPAS was one of about one hundred animal welfare organizations in 40 states to get a grant.