Local SPCA overcrowding after holiday weekend

Kinston, NC — The sound of fireworks many enjoyed over the weekend, was not a pleasant sound for many pets.
The Lenoir County SPCA saw the effects first hand, as they are now housing many animals that ran away from home.

Kris Petrusch, the Rescue Coordinator of the Lenoir SPCA, said multiple animals came into the shelter as a result of July Fourth fireworks. “Animal control has picked up several that we have found. We also have probably about five or six on our Facebook Page that have wandered away from home and the owners are looking for. So there are several out there that got spooked and decided to find cover.”

The SPCA generously took these animals in so they wouldn’t be wandering on the streets. However, now their biggest issue, lack of space, is an even bigger problem.

Because animals came in over the holiday weekend, the overcrowding has worsened at the Lenoir County SPCA. These leads to the greater need for adoption.

“Typically we get 8-10 animals (a day), and if you add that in with it being kitty season, we have a lot of overcrowding,” said Lynn Walker, Assistant Manager of the Lenoir SPCA.

The employees do what they can to provide for all of the animals that come to the shelter, but their facilities and lack of supplies cannot handle the amount of animals. They’re in desperate need of canned food, paper towels, trash bags, and carriers – anything they can use in the shelter.

If you’re missing your pet, call the SPCA at (252) 520-0003, or visit their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lenoircounty.spca

“We post on our Facebook Page to help people get reunited with their pets. And always have an ID on your pet, so if it does get away, we can call you and get it back to you right away,” said Kris Petrusch.

Even if you aren’t missing a pet, give them a call. Because of overcrowding, the shelter has to euthanize animals if they aren’t adopted. You may be able to save a life, and give an animals its forever home.

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