Onslow Co. wildlife sanctuary director up for $50,000 award

HUBERT, N.C. (WNCT) – Wildlife sanctuary Possumwood Acres in Onslow County is asking for help to make sure it can survive another storm like Hurricane Matthew.

The wildlife sanctuary’s birds of prey cages were destroyed by a fallen tree during Matthew, and the sanctuary lost one of its horned owls, which it never recovered.

Possumwood Acre’s director Toni O’Neal is up for an award that would give the sanctuary $50,000.

“We wouldn’t have to worry about scraping together money to feed the animals — the specialty foods or the formulas they require or the medications we need or if something needs to go to surgery,” O’Neal said. “We’d have a backup in the bank and I’d be all covered.”

The money would also go toward helping more animals and expanding the sanctuary.

“Just vote,” O’Neal said. “It’s not so much voting for me. They’re voting for the wildlife of North Carolina, they’re voting for the animals of Onslow County, they’re voting for all that wildlife out there that needs this help. That’s what they’re doing.”

To help out the sanctuary, you can vote here.

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