Shelter Inundated Following Rescue of More Than 140 Dogs

Volunteers, supplies and funds are being requested after the Haywood County Animal Services facility took in more than 140 dogs from one residence in North Carolina. According to the Facebook page, Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter, the dogs were taken in on Saturday.


The Mountaineer reported that the rescue effort took place after neighbors complained about excessive barking coming from property on Terrace Drive in Canton. The complaint prompted animal services to obtain a search warrant for the residence where James and Angela Croft reside. At the Canton property, officials discovered dozens of small, mixed-breed dogs living in squalor inside of a single-wide mobile home, as well as dozens of large breed dogs kenneled, chained, and in a camping trailer, reported WSPA News.


After the dogs were voluntarily surrendered, a temporary emergency shelter was created for them at a warehouse in Waynesville. The dogs, who are suffering from a variety of maladies, including dental problems, as well as skin and eye issues, were seen by a veterinarian and vaccinated for distemper, parvo and kennel cough.


Volunteers have been working round-the-clock to keep up with feeding and caring for the deluge of dogs who were taken in. On November 6, the volunteer-run Facebook page posted a witty comment about the need for help:

“Tumble out of bed, stumble to the factory temporarily filled with dogs.” Doesn’t have the same ring as the Dolly song, but (as she might say,) Youngins, we need help from 9 to 5…..



It is a wonderful experience to join with the other volunteers and work with these sweet babies. Please join us! Even if you can spare only an hour or two, your help will be much appreciated.

The group commended the community who has been stepping in to help, and specifically shared thanks to the following agencies:

The regional animal rescue community is fantastic. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc., and Asheville Humane Society have had boots on the ground both days and are looking at how they can help us get the animals placed. Duke’s Animal Haven Inc. is fostering what they can for us and will find the animals homes after the minimum holding period. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has been to see us and is making plans to help. Thanks to all of these folks for their hard work on getting these critters a new lease on life.


On Tuesday, the non-profit agency which helps the shelter commented on the donations received, and what is most needed at this point in time:

The outpouring of donations from our community is just incredible! At this point, what we need most of all is money for medical expenses. Many of the dogs will need dental care and treatment for skin conditions, in addition to spaying and neutering and routine medical care.

It has been noted that the majority of the dogs who were taken in have not been spayed or neutered. In fact, a senior dog named “Sunshine,” who is believed to be 10 years of age, was pregnant when she arrived; as of Tuesday, she had delivered all but one of her puppies.


Follow the progress of this massive rescue effort (and new mom Sunshine) at this link to the Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter.

Website for Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter here.

(Photos Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at 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. Kasondra Clingan says:

    Thank you to all who have helped in anyway, I can’t even imagine where you would start with all those dogs. God Bless You and please post where people not near there can send money and other things you may need.

  2. Yvette says:

    Oh my goodness… horrific for these poor poor animals to be living like that. How wonderful it is to hear that so many are being so very helpful. I hope all the doggies can get well and be able to be placed with loving caring families.

  3. Pennie Harris says:

    The local officials and volunteers here have been doing an outstanding job. And kudos to the business offer who offered his empty warehouse for housing the dogs. If you’d like to read current posts about the adoptable pets or for info on donations for food, go to the Facebook page of Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter at:

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