Many areas of Eastern North Carolina are still being impacted negatively by Hurricane Matthew. Columbus County Animal Control, located in Whiteville, has seen a great increase in animals over the past day or so, with dogs and cats coming in faster than the shelter can get them safely to their new homes.
As the shelter was already full, this has been a real issue both as kennel space and available resources are strained. Several area rescues such as Paw’s Place in Brunswick County have assisted in saving animals affected by the hurricane.
Fortunately, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue from Ashville recently reached out to the shelter to save dogs and cats from the Whiteville area through their rapid response Hurricane Team. They will be saving over 25 dogs and a similar number of cats over the next few days.
As getting into and out of Columbus County is a bit of a challenge at the moment, the Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue team made their first flight out of the Columbus County Airport on Friday morning with the first of the animals. These pilots donate their time, fuel and the use of their planes to rescue animals.
Flights will continue through the weekend and shelter staff will be working all weekend to get the animals to the local airport. The Columbus Humane Society is assisting the shelter is obtaining all of the necessary travel paperwork for these animals.
Many people have called and asked how they can help. Those wishing to support these efforts may donate to the two organizations at their websites and those wishing to donate supplies to the shelter may take them to 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville.
Pilots N Paws photos provided by Columbus County Animal Control Director Joey Prince.