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Pitt County animal services receives $5,000 donation


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cleaning up and resuming normal operations after Hurricane Florence just got a little easier for Pitt County Animal Services.

Animal Services Director Michele Whaley said that on Thursday she was notified that the shelter had been selected to receive $5,000 AKCReunite donation from the American Kennel Club.

The purpose of the donation is to assist with the shelter’s response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence, according to a Pitt County government news release.  

During the peak of the storm, the shelter offered emergency housing for as many as 224 pets from Hurricane Florence evacuees, the news release said. Around a dozen pets taken in for emergency sheltering remain at the shelter, which is expected to return to normal operations by next week.

The AKCReunite donation is expected to assist PCAS in returning the shelter to its normal services and schedule, including the covering of lost resources as a result of the additional demand during its emergency operations, the news release said.

In an email notifying Whaley of the donation, AKCReunite President and CEO, Tom Sharp said “Our staff has many friends and family down east. We are thankful for folks like you and everything you are doing to help the people and pets affected by the storm.”

The Pitt County Animal Shelter will operate today from 8 a.m. to noon. The shelter will be closed on Sunday, and is expected to return to its normal schedule on Monday.

Despite the benefit of this donation, owners of the remaining emergency sheltered animals still are encouraged to reclaim their pets as soon as possible, so as to allow PCAS staff to resume routine services such as adoptions and new animal intakes.

Patience and support from within the community have been both tremendous and welcome by PCAS, and donations such as the one from AKCReunite are greatly appreciated, the news release said.

Information on pet reclamation, along with all other information regarding Pitt County government response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence, will be posted on the Recovery Information Page of the Pitt County website at www.PittCountyNC.gov/FLORENCE.