Southern Pines Animal Shelter celebrating 65th anniversary

Southern Pines Animal Shelter celebrating 65th anniversary

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For the next week, Southern Pines Animal Shelter will be celebrating more than six decades of helping homeless pets.

From Sept. 30-Oct 8, the shelter is celebrating its 65th anniversary.

It was founded in 1952 and has operated under several different names.

Now, it is a "no kill" facility with a spay and neuter clinic.

And the Southern Pines Second Chance Thrift Shop has brought in more than $172,000 in the last six years to help homeless animals.

"One thing holds true and that's our mission, we want to be helping the homeless pets in our community," said Ginny Sims, shelter director. "We serve pets all around the state as an open admission shelter. We have animals coming to us from hours away to get help and it's just really exciting to see how much we've grown through the community support."

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