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BBQ fundraiser will benefit animal shelter

Several puppies are looking for their forever homes.

Staff photo by Gabby Boyd

Corinth Alcorn Animal Shelter will be cooking up fun, fellowship and fundraiser on the courthouse square.

The BBQ fundraiser event will be held on June 19 in downtown Corinth in front of the Alcorn County Courthouse from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Charlotte Doehner, this is going to be fun and friendly cook out for a good cause.

"Its a great way for the shelter and the community to come together. Plus there will be lots of good food," said Doehner, the director for the local animal shelter.

Members of the shelter will sell plates which will also include pulled pork, chips, slaw and drinks for $10. There will also be T-shirts and other items. Puppies will also be there for people to love on.

Doehner said the shelter needs all the help they can get.

"We have to raise so much money every year in order to operate the shelter. This year we are more overwhelmed than previous years. We have kittens and puppies everywhere," said the volunteer.

The shelter has contracts with the city and the county, but the money paid doesn't cover the shelter's needs, said Doehner.

"It's a community problem. The only way to solve the issue is to have the community involved cause it's overwhelming," said Doehner. "That's one of the main reasons we are having this fundraiser."

She and her husband, Luke, took over the shelter in August of 2011. Since then, they helped over 12,000 animals find their forever homes.

"The shelter was a kill shelter before we took over. Over 40,000 animals were euthanized. It was awful because healthy dogs and cats were being euthanized because there was no room for them. I witnessed some of this and I never want to see it again," said Doehner, who still gets emotional about the things she saw at the shelter.

The shelter has been open since 1995, but became a no kill shelter in 2011.

"No animal should go through that when they can be placed in a loving home. I'm making sure of that so I do my best to find these cats and dogs good families who they will fit right in with," said Doehner, who's hopes the community will become more involved with helping the shelter.

The shelter will have more events and promotions throughout the summer. One of them is a chance to win concert tickets to see stars such as Brett Young, Toby Keith, Lionel Richie and a few more musical artists perform at Live at the Garden in Memphis.

According to Doehner, people can pay $25 for a chance to win one ticket or pay $40 to win two of them.

(For those interested in making a donation or adopting a cat or dog go by the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter, or visit corinthalcornanimalshelter.com or call 662-284-5800.)