Pitt County Animal Shelter serves as temporary home for hundreds of pets following Matthew

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The Pitt County Animal Shelter stepped in to help residents with animals during the aftermath of Matthew.

The animal shelter allowed owners affected by flooding to drop off their cats and dogs, so they would have a safe place to stay.

Pitt County Animal Services Director Michele Whaley said anytime a resident shelter is opened, the animal shelter opens up to lend a helping hand.

“We want people to leave ahead of time, we want them to stay safe,” said Whaley. “Katrina showed that people did not want to leave if they had to leave their pets behind, so we will have this option available to them.”

Over 200 animals were dropped off by owners who couldn’t stay at their home due to flooding. The shelter has extended it’s hours this week to allow owners to reclaim their pets.

These extended hours are:
∙ Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
∙ Monday – Friday, October 17 – 21, 2016, 8:00pm – 6:00pm
∙ Saturday, October 22, 2016, 11:00am – 4:00pm

Pets will only be released to the person who originally dropped them off. Proper identification will be required to ensure ownership.

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