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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Pet Sitters International Convention raised $15,155 dollars Monday night for the Stokes County Animal Shelter.

PSI, the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, representing more than 7,000 independent professional pet-sitting businesses chose the shelter as the recipient of its annual convention benefit auction.

"The annual charity auction is the highlight of every convention," said Beth Stultz with Pet Sitters International based in King. The convention is held each year in a different city.  "Last year we were in Austin and then we decided to come to our hometown this year and we knew that the Stokes Animal Shelter would be our recipient."

The members chose the shelter where, despite an inadequate and outdated facility that's led to Parvo outbreaks and overcrowded, staff continues to work to make the quality of life better for the unwanted animals of Stokes County. Shelter workers have also been able to triple adoption rates using social media and personal time.

"I knew it was going to be an auction but I didn't know it was going to be a really big auction," said shelter worker Sarah Johnson. "It really means a lot to us and especially the animals." Johnson says the money raised will go to help with immediate needs like upgrades to equipment and software.

Efforts by several groups are currently underway to raise money for a new Stokes County Animal Shelter.