CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Hurricane Florence approaches, The Humane Society of Charlotte is actively working with individual foster families and local boarding facility Pet Palace to shelter as many of HSC animals as possible in order to make room for displaced dogs and cats from coastal North and South Carolina.
A call-to-action was released on Monday night from HSC and the Charlotte community has made incredible efforts to step up and offer foster home availability. In less than 48 hours, HSC has received hundreds of messages from community members willing to help. In addition, local boarding facility Pet Palace has offered spots to help displaced animals.
“At this point, we expect to shelter at least 50 evacuee animals from different regions of the coastline. Currently, 24 animals have arrived at our shelter,” said Huck Nawaz, VP of Operations.
As of Wednesday morning, HSC had assisted the Outer Banks SPCA via national partner, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and is in communication with the Charleston Animal Society who has reached out seeking assistance for both dogs and cats.
HSC stands ready to assist mandatory evacuation zone shelters and is currently seeking foster homes for medium-to-large sized dogs and adult cats to make room for those evacuees coming in from the coast.
“We are making all necessary preparations to keep our animals as safe as possible given the fragile infrastructure of our shelter,” explained Donna Stucker, VP of Development. “We are hoping the shelter will make it through the storm.”
HSC’s greatest need now is financial support to assist the privately-funded organization with extra costs associated with operating the shelter 24/7 during the storm such as overtime for staff members and supplies that will be needed once the storm hits.
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