AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Rain or shine, the Lee County Humane Society is determined to have no more wasted lives.
The 17th Annual No More Wasted Lives fundraising campaign began at noon Monday at the Kroger on Dean Road in Auburn.
The shelter's director, Bobbi Yeo, will remain locked in a dog kennel day and night until the goal of more than $26,000 is reached.
"We have been very successful in past. Last year we actually raised over $33,000, and our goal was $25,000, so people really come out and supports this event," explains Yeo.
The shelter cares for more than 5,000 animals each year and hopes to raise $5 for every animal that came through the shelter's doors in 2012, totaling $26,870.
The money raised will go directly to the animals and help with funding future projects.
"Ultimately, we want to do a big relocation program and get animals to areas where there is a greater demand, where they are not so over populated," says Yeo.
There is new twist for the fundraiser this year. Local "celebrities" will stay locked in the kennel with Yeo to reach mini-fundraising goals of $1,000 to $3,000.
"We're on our way. We have a ways to go so everyone needs to come out and get us out of the rain and inclement weather we are staring at," says Dr. Misty Carroll of the Tigertown Veterinary Hospital.
Carroll was the local celebrity on shift when we visited Monday afternoon. She hopes this fundraiser will also lead to many pets finding forever homes.
"It's so hard to go and just see these dogs that don't have homes and they have so much love that they want to give and share with you," she says, "There are so many children out there and elderly people just in general that are missing a little bit of something you can find at the humane society."