GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Warmer temperatures seem to translate into an influx of felines in Eastern North Carolina. Some animal lovers are worried that homeless animals may end up in the wrong hands.
“You will find this time of year, almost all rescues, shelters, no matter private or government-run are full,” said Pitt County Animals Control Director Michele Whaley.
Cats and kittens of all shapes, colors, and sizes are streaming into area shelters, including the Pitt County location. Many homeless pets are turned away simply because there is no room, with many people turning to social media and Craigslist to place the pets. This can mean trouble in some cases.
“The problem is not everybody has good intentions. A lot of bad things can happen and people do get the free animals for not the best reasons,” said Whaley.
Whaley says helpless animals can often end up in scary situations if people don’t look out for their best interests. A post we found on Craigslist says some of the free kittens are being used as bait in dog fights. Whaley says there are no confirmed cases of this happening in Pitt County but she would not rule it out. Your best bet if you have animals in need of a home is to do your research and collect some cash.
“Even if it’s just a small fee, charge a fee,” said Whaley. “Ask if they have previous vet references that you could call and check. Make sure that where they live, they’re allowed to have pets.”
Whaley says the shelter is doing all they can to find homes for the homeless pets in Pitt County but she will not risk the animals safety for results. She suggests residents do the same.
“It’s okay to ask questions of the people and if the people aren’t willing to answer them, or want to be evasive then you know it might make you think maybe it’s not the best home,” said Whaley.
The Greenville Police Department says they have not heard of any cases of this type of animal abuse in the area but they are aware of the warnings online.
The Pitt County Animals Shelter has reduced its adoption fee for cats and kittens this month. To learn more about the animals available there, click here.