When storm comes, don’t forget your pets

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall here in southeastern North Carolina, New Hanover County residents will have a safe place to drop off their pets.

If a state of emergency is ruled for the area, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter will be open as a pet drop off for New Hanover County residents only.

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The shelter will accommodate domestic dogs and cats, regardless of vaccination status. Food and water will be provided for the animals.

“We would prefer, of course, that if the cats or dogs are being transported safely, cats in a crate and dogs on a leash or harness,” Animal Services Officer Stephen Watson said.

For those owners who prefer to stay near their pets, the county will announce a co-location where the pets and owners can seek shelter in the same location, but will be housed separately. Animals at the co-location must have a current rabies vaccination and owner’s must provide food.

Once the state of emergency is lifted, owners have 3 business days to pick up pets during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.),but it is best to call ahead at the shelter’s main number (910) 798-7500. The shelter is located at 108 Division Drive in Wilmington.