The Race Is On For $1 Million Dollars

It's a race against time to save the lives of thousands of puppies and kittens and a local shelter is only about halfway to the finish line.

Since April the Humane Society of South Mississippi has raised about $400,000 for its new shelter on Highway 49.

However, more is needed if the shelter is to take full advantage of an anonymous donor's pledge to match up to $1million in contributions.

All the money must be raised before the end of June.

On Sunday afternoon, a puppy named Oliver was adopted from the Humane Society of South Mississippi.

The pooch left the Gulfport shelter headed for a new home with a new family.

At the same time, volunteers were getting ready for a major fundraiser in Biloxi.

The money raised from the fundraiser would help the animals not yet fortunate enough to find good homes which are those the shelter must care for using money from its general fund.

"It is a fund that will take care of the animals, shelter them, and feed them until we can find deserving homes for them," said event chairperson Joy Tucei. "There's a great need there. Thousands and thousands of domestic animals go through our shelter every year, and we need lots of money to take care of them."

Keeping track of the silent auction isn't all that animal lover Anne Anderson had on her mind.

In a separate project to build a new shelter, volunteers have the task of raising one million dollars in three months.

Anne Anderson said everyone has been "scurrying around, trying to do the best we can. We really want to make our commitment. Our goal is to be a no kill shelter."

Humane Society leaders say if they raise $1 million dollars, work on the new shelter on Highway 49 would start within the following one to two months of getting the matching funds.

For more information or to make a donation contact the Humane Society at 228-863-3354.