30 pets adopted during HSSM's Adopt across the Coast event

Joseph family with their newly adopted pitbull-mix Leola.
Joseph family with their newly adopted pitbull-mix Leola.

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - From Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs there was a happy ending for many cats and dogs today as the Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) held their first ever Adopt Across The Coast event.

According to HSSM, the inaugural event was a big hit.

Leola is a two-year-old pitbull-mix and after many days and nights at the Humane Society of South Mississippi she won't be going back to her kennel in Gulfport instead Leola's heading to new home.

"He's like honey you might not want to do this," Elaine Joseph said about her husband.

But Elaine Joseph and her husband adopted her anyway.

"We came in and saw her and we fell in love with her," Joseph said.

They like many others across the coast adopted a pet during the Humane Society's Adopt Across the Coast event.

Volunteers brought more than 100 pets to 18 various locations including shops like Sharkheads, Luckies Furniture and Cypress café.

The Joseph's initially walked into Sharkheads for t-shirts, but couldn't resist Leola's bark or her big brown eyes. Many other animals were also able to capture their future families attention.

"It's a great way to get the animals out into the community," HSSM Marketing Specialist Krystyna Szczechowski said. "The more animals we can get in front of people the more animals we can get adopted."

Szczechowski said a total of 30 pets were adopted at off-site locations. That's double what the organization typically does on Saturday.

"Many of the dogs we have out today have been at the shelter for an extended period of time. For whatever reason we find that a lot of the animals like Leola are overlooked in the shelter," Szczechowski said.

But being out in the community, the overlooked pooches shine.

"Well it's kinda like seeing a little child that needs a home. You can't turn your back on a little child. So we have children and she's gonna be my daughter," Joseph said.

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