Shelter rescues animals from flooding


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As flood waters continue to rise, folks at the Pender County Animal Shelter are working to make sure your animals are safe.

Shelter Manager Jewell Horton said there has been an influx of animals at the shelter this week, about 60 or 70 animals coming from community members that are being displaced from the rising flood waters.

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The shelter has also been assisting in the river rescue along with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control and the Cape Fear Equine Rescue.

“We actually went out and physically started removing animals out of the flood waters that unfortunately had to be left behind because it just came up so fast and the owners had to get out and they just didn’t have time to load all these guys up and take them with them,” Horton said.

If you need a safe place to house your pet while you evacuate, if your pet is missing or if you recognize any rescued livestock contact the Pender County Animal Shelter.

The emergency shelter at Burgaw Middle School is pet friendly.