Rock the Vote for Humane Society of South Mississippi

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) has made it into the Qualifying Heat of the ASPCA $100K Challenge. HSSM is one of 95 animal welfare organizations vying for 50 spots in the competition and only the top 50 shelters with the most online votes will be eligible for the Challenge. All voting takes place online at and voting starts on Monday, April 4 and goes through Friday, April 15.

HSSM is the only shelter in Mississippi to make it into the ASPCA $100K Challenge Qualifying Heat. The Qualifying Heat lasts 11 days, from April 4 to April 15 and only the top 50 shelters with the most votes will qualify to compete in the ASPCA $100K Challenge. Supporters of HSSM should log on to once per day, every day during the voting period to ensure that HSSM is one of the 50 shelters that gets to compete in the $100K Challenge.

The 50 shelters that make it through the Challenge period with the highest number of votes will then compete to save the most number of lives from August 1-October 31, 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010. The grand prize is a $100K grant from the ASPCA, but there are several other grants available, for a total of over $300K that could be won throughout the Challenge.

HSSM saved a little over 1,300 lives in 2010 between August 1 and October 31, and has set a goal of saving 2,300 lives during the same period this year. HSSM will hold large-scale adoption events, increase return to owner efforts, and increase the Love Train transport operations to save these extra lives and get the community involved and excited about the Challenge.

HSSM has also announced the Prom Pawject, an initiative to get high school students involved in the community with an opportunity to win a Prom at Oak Crest Mansion Inn in April of 2012. The deadline for team entry is Friday, April 8, 2011. For more information on that program please visit

HSSM encourages anyone with questions, comments or ideas on how to Rock the Vote and save more lives to contact the shelter at 228-863-3354 or