Animal shelters in eastern N.C. struggle with overcrowding


ACROSS THE TAR HEEL STATE HAVE MANY RESCUES AND FOSTERS HARD AT WORK… HELPING THE HOMELESS ANIMALS WHOSE LIVES ARE ON THE LINE. W-N-C-T’S KATIE HARDEN HAS DETAILS ON THE DEVELOPING SITUATION HERE IN THE EAST. SHELTERS ACROSS EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE PACKED… MOST UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW ANIMALS. “Rescues and local county shelters are doing absolutely everything they possibly can.” SUMMER OFTEN TRANSLATES TO AN INFLUX OF PUPPIES AND KITTENS… ON TOP OF AN INCREASE IN ANIMAL SURRENDERS. SOME RESCUE SHELTERS… LIKE THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF EASTERN CAROLINA… HAVE TIME TO SPARE… BUT OTHER FACILITIES AREN’T SO LUCKY. “normally, your local county shelters aren’t that lucky and unfortunately they have to euthanize after a certain period of time just because there is not enough homes for all the animals.” HUMANE SOCIETY STAFF SAY SHELTER EMPLOYEES THAT ARE FORCED TO PUT THE ANIMALS TO SLEEP STRUGGLE WITH THE SITUATION. “They don’t love it. It’s not something they enjoy doing what-so-ever. It’s very heartbreaking and they have to deal with it.” THE DIRE STATE OF THE SITATION… REDIRECTED ON THE COMMUNITIES THE SHELTERS SERVE… THAT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR PART IN THE PROBLEM. “I see online a plea: “Please somebody help! Please somebody help!” Well guess what…. You are somebody.” FOSTERS IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE HOPING OTHERS WILL STEP UP TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR HOMELESS DOGS AND CATS… EVEN IF IT’S TEMPORARY. “You never know, you might fall in love and you’re saving a life all at the same time.” IN PITT COUNTY… KATIE HARDEN… NINE ON YOUR SIDE. PET OWNERS ARE ALSO ASKED TO SPAY AND NUETER THEIR ANIMALS… AND TO THINK TWICE BEFORE THEY SURRENDER. THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA SAYS YOUR ANIMAL CAN BE PUT TO SLEEP IMMEDIATELY IF SURRENDERED. BEAUFORT COUNTY

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