ASHEBORO, N.C. -- Asheboro had its first Puppy Pageant Sunday at the site of the new Randolph County SPCA building.
WFMY News 2's Meghann Mollerus emcceed the event, in which participants raised $500 dollars to help fund the new building and further the Randolph Co. SPCA's spay and neuter programs and educational opportunities.
The idea behind the pageant was that of 11-year-old Anna Baynes, who explained she decided she wanted to do something to help the animals in her community and encourage volunteerism.
"I want to help animals where they don't have to be put to sleep and that they can have a good life ahead of them," Baynes said.
Rob Reese, a member of the Randolph County SPCA board of directors, said, "To have Anna come out here and do this and help spread the word, we're just absolutely delighted."
"We want to have animals to be adopted but fewer animals that need to be adopted, which is the end result we're after," Reese said.
More than a dozen dogs participated in the pageant's various categories--"amazing attire, "old dog," "prom attire," beginner talent" and "intermediate talent." Local artists Britnee Camp and Doyle Hinkle provided additional dog-themed musical entertainment.