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As storm approaches, SPCA in need of more foster homes

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Kyle Carter, 8, of Elizabeth City, spends time getting acquainted with Andy, a dog that his family is fostering this week until Hurricane Florence safely passes the Albemarle, at the SPCA of Northeast NC, Monday. The SPCA is hoping to place its animals in foster care until after Hurricane Florence.

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By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, September 10, 2018

The SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina animal shelter has been busy finding temporary homes for dogs and cats as Hurricane Florence approaches.

Judy Anthony, manager of the shelter on Enterprise Drive in Elizabeth City, said the shelter hopes to get as many dogs and cats as possible into foster care with families until the storm and its aftermath are over.

“It wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent thing but just something to get us through this bad weather,” Anthony said.

Anthony said the shelter’s staff have been working continuously on the project the past couple of days. The shelter does not have a generator and will have a challenging time if both the electricity and water go out during the storm, Anthony said.

If lots of people agree to foster animals, that will lessen the load on the shelter staff, Anthony said, noting some staff might not be able to make it to the shelter depending on what happens with the storm. But in any event the staff will have to take care of any animals that remain, she said.

The shelter staff also are trying to make room for stray animals that might be brought in in the wake of the storm.

“We were flooded with strays during Matthew,” Anthony said, referring to the storm that struck the region in October 2016.

The sheltered announced on Facebook Sunday that it was trying to find temporary foster homes for animals, and got two dogs and nine cats fostered that day, Anthony said.

On Monday a mother cat and three kittens were placed in foster homes, according to Anthony.

Kim Parrish, president of the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, said the public also can help by donating water. She said she believes the shelter has enough food on hand but has a definite need for more water.

And Parrish reiterated the call for families to foster animals.

“The dogs that are left here we have to take care of,” she said.

Parrish noted the shelter has not experienced a storm at its current facility on Enterprise Drive so this will be new territory for the staff.

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