Displaced Animals Continue To Wait To Be Found By Owners

Weeks ago, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc as it swept up the Atlantic coastline. Today, nearly 100 animals who were displaced in the devastating storm are still waiting for their owners to find them, and bring them home.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has issued a plea for those who lost their pets during the storm to visit the Robeson County Animal Control, in Saint Pauls, North Carolina, where dozens of displaced pets are being cared for.


Since mid-October, the Facebook page for the animal shelter has requested that owners contact them if they recognize one of the many dogs who are in an online album – the shelter request reads:

These are dogs that have been taken in due to Hurricane Matthew. If you recognize your dog, please call our shelter at (910)865-2200 to schedule a time to pick them up.


Though 82 pets have been reunited with their owners, 95 are still being held at the shelter, waiting to be found. The ASPCA has highlighted

According to the ASPCA:

  • There are a little over a dozen cats at the temporary shelter.
  • The ASPCA has assisted more than 300 animals in N.C. via water rescue and sheltering
  • Over the full course of the hurricane, the ASPCA has assisted more than 1,200 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, transport and sheltering needs in Georgia and the Carolinas.


View the album of “Dogs from Hurricane Matthew” at this link to the Robeson County Animal Shelter.

Note-the shelter has requested that individuals bring proof of ownership when visiting the facility. The shelter is located at 255 Landfill Road in Saint Pauls, NC. *All dogs from Hurricane Matthew have not yet been photographed*

(Photos/ASPCA and Robeson County Animal Shelter)


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Samantha perez says:

    Did their homes get destroyed? Maybe they aren’t calling cause they don’t have a home to go to. I pray that they try to find out where they are at least and see if arrangements can be made for the dogs until they get home. I’ve never been in that situation before but I would make plans for our pets to go with us. Feeling sorry for all the dogs not picked up yet.

  2. Lindsey Elliott says:

    Maybe the owners are not able to look for their dogs.i personally can’t fathom ever letting my dog get out of my sight but not everyone is as dedicated a mama ask am

  3. Joyce McCarty says:

    I find it hard to believe that people would leave their pets behind to begin with but how disheartening that now they are not even looking for their pets. I would be moving heaven and earth if one of my dogs were lost. This is just so sad.

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