Along the southern portion of the US’s East Coast, Hurricane Matthew has a left a trail of destruction. While many residents evacuated ahead of the storm, shelter animals didn’t have that luxury.
To that end, the Edgecombe County Animal Shelter (ECAS) in Tarboro, North Carolina, is currently dealing with hundreds of displaced animals – and it needs volunteers.
According to ABC 11 WTVD-TV, Edgecombe County Animal Shelter is inundated with more than just water: 200 animals are currently under the shelter’s care, including three trailers filled with dogs.
Some of these animals have been dropped off for temporary shelter while their owners deal with cleanup. One such owner, who asked to remain anonymous, suffered through Hurricane Floyd, and doesn’t want to lose his beloved pet.
“[During Hurricane Floyd], I lost everything, and right now, hopefully, I’m not going to lose everything this time,” said the main. “I got my kids to safety, everybody’s in a safe spot. I just have to get [my dog] somewhere safe.”
While this man’s dog was lucky, others at the shelter were not. Many of the animals at the ECAS were rescued from surging Atlantic floodwaters.
“It’s just really sad. I can’t imagine why people would leave their pets,” shelter volunteer Phyllis Mueller said.
If you live in or near Edgecombe County, North Carolina, and are able to volunteer, the shelter desperately needs your help.
A list of things the shelter needs:
- Dog/Cat Food and Treats
- Toys/Any Miscellaneous Pet Supplies
- 2909 Main Street, Tarboro, North Carolina
All donations are welcome. Click here to visit Edgecombe County Animal Shelter’s Facebook page for more information.