to extreme flooding, the Dare County Animal Shelter in Manteo is
actively seeking short-term foster families to help care for animals
during the upcoming week of forecasted heavy rains.
the animal shelter has been prone to flooding in the past, the recent
inundation of rain has caused water to infiltrate the lobby, as well as
26 out of the 32 kennels on the premises.
happens once or twice a year, but it’s normally not this bad,” says
SPCA Program Director John graves. “This is the second time over the
past five years that it’s been bad enough to look for [immediate]
foster families due to flooding.”
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic has taken 5-6 dogs to board for a few
days, and the shelter has received a few calls as of Monday afternoon.
However, Graves reports that there are still roughly 20-25 dogs in need
of a temporary home, as well as a large number of cats.
have a lot of kittens right now, and quite a few adult cats as well,”
he says. “All of the dogs have raised beds, but it’s traumatic for them
to stay there.”
says that Dare County has been actively helping to look for both
short-term and long-term solutions for the flooding issue, particularly
at the Board of Commissioners level. “Commissioner Rob Ross has been
amazing and has shown an exceptional interest, and has emailed over the
weekend to see if there’s anything they can do to help,” says Graves.
“The county has been helping to address the long term problem, and has
been looking at solutions for what we can do to fix this right now, and
what we can do to fix this in the long term.”
water has receded for the time being, and the Dare County Animal
Shelter is planning to reopen on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., but with heavy
rain forecast through the rest of the week, it’s possible that flooding
will occur again.
right now, the water has gone back down, but because we’re expecting
water in next few days, it will pop up again,” says Graves. “But
we’re hoping to reopen tomorrow. It was such a mess, and took so long
to get everything cleaned up.”
Dare County Animal Shelter is also still planning to hold its “Kitten
Palooza!” event at the PetSmart in Nags Head on Tuesday, July 24, from
6 p.m. until 8 p.m. During this event, all kitty adoptions are free,
and include spay / neuter, vaccines, microchip, registration, a vet
visit, and a free starter kit for the kitty and their new human with
lots of goodies.
the meantime, folks who are able to foster a pet for a few days, (or
even indefinitely), can contact 252-475-0233 on Monday, or the Dare
County Animal Shelter Office starting Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at