The Southern Pines Animal Shelter promotes animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in a variety of ways, including:

  • Finding homes for unwanted pets 
  • Providing humane care for all animals in our custody
  • Educating the community about the problems of unwanted, neglected, and abused animals
  • Operating a low-cost, high-quality spay & neuter clinic for the general public (opened in July 2009)
  • Sheltering lost pets and reuniting them with their owners

Southern Pines Animal Shelter is an open admission shelter, meaning dogs and cats are accepted without regard to health, age, or perceived adoptability. Southern Pines works with the cities of Hattiesburg and Collins as well as Forrest County to house their stray animals, while also accepting unwanted and lost pets from surrounding counties. In 2012, there were 4,901 abandoned, lost, and unwanted pets brought to the shelter from a 12-county area. Please consider adopting your next pet through the Southern Pines Animal Shelter.

In July 2008 the Shelter began feeding Hill’s Science Diet exclusively to the animals under its care and recommending it to all adopters. Thank you to the generous donors who made this possible! Feeding a consistent high quality food helps keep shelter pets healthier, and it stops the stomach upset and diarrhea caused from using a variety of donated foods.

The Southern Pines Animal Shelter is a PetSmart adoption partner. Shelter cats are available at the Hattiesburg PetSmart store everyday during store hours, and dogs are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Mission Statement

To provide humane shelter for homeless and lost cats and dogs, provide affordable spay/neuter and healthy pet services, encourage adoptions, and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. 

How the Shelter is Funded

The Shelter receives part of its funding from the cities of Hattiesburg and Collins, as well as from Forrest County. The Shelter Board of Directors and its Advisory Committee also write grants to seek additional funding that can be used for facility and program improvements. Tax-deductible private donations continue to be a major source of funding for the Shelter. Please consider joining the many in our community who have become “Friends of the Shelter” today.

The Southern Pines Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in 1952.