“Lean, tan and handsome bachelor seeking love of his life. Enjoys outdoor sports, good meals and cuddling. Extremely faithful and will always answer your calls. Easily trained to perform tasks around the house. Can’t believe he’s still single!”

He’s a guy any woman (or man) would love. Pets like Sosa, described in the “personals” ad above, come to Palmetto Animal League (PAL) every day – abandoned, abused, neglected, homeless. Each animal that comes through our doors has a different story, but the folks at PAL believe they are all “lives worth saving.”

“I decided to start Palmetto Animal League because ordinary shelters are limited, and I wanted homeless pets to stand a better chance,” said PAL president Amy Campanini. “From the 5-year-old dog like Sosa who has been in and out of shelters most of his life, to the litter of newborn kittens forced to begin life in the confines of a dingy Dumpster, PAL represents hope – a safe haven, a No-Kill, homelike environment for dogs and cats in need.”

In keeping with its philosophy that these are “lives worth saving,” PAL is launching a campaign to save 1,000 lives, and they created an online event that makes it easy to participate.

“For as little as $9 a month, you can be part of the 1,000 Lives Worth Saving campaign,” said Campanini. “Skip a day or two at Starbucks or an extra drink at happy hour and redirect that $9 to a monthly donation to save a pet – or make a one-time gift of $99. If you want to give more or less, donations of any size will be used to save lives.”

In addition, PAL is inviting anyone who wants to help them spread the word to visit the Adoption Center, located in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park, from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 18 to take a few photos with an adoptable pet. Then, post your photos on social media asking friends and family to donate.

Several local folks have already signed on to support the 1,000 Lives Worth Saving campaign, including Bluffton Sun editor Lynne Hummell, pictured here with Sosa.

Longtime PAL supporter and volunteer Cheryl Curry is also among those participating, along with her husband Tom. The Currys believe community involvement is the key to animal rescue.

“Supporting PAL gives me the power to save animals’ lives,” Curry said. “It’s not an abstract notion. Stop by PAL’s Adoption Center any day of the week and you’ll see true love and compassion at work.”

To learn more about how you can participate in PAL’s 1,000 Lives Worth Saving online event, visit www.PalmettoAnimalLeague.org or stop by the PAL Adoption Center this Saturday.

Lindsay Perry is the marketing coordinator for Palmetto Animal League.