East Carolina animal shelter rescues 14 puppies; exceeds capacity

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) – When a western North Carolina animal shelter was overwhelmed after taking in more than 80 dogs, an East Carolina rescue stepped in to help.

A group of 14 ten-week-old puppies arrived at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. They are part of a group of 80 dogs turned over to the Davidson County Animal Shelter last week.

Community engagement coordinator Morgan May said the East Carolina rescue stepped in to ease some of the workload.

“My heart goes out to them and their staff,” May said. “And I’m so thankful for all the work they do. We are so glad we were able to help and our foster families were able to pull these animals.

Even as the humane society helps Davidson County, it also faces its own overstretch.

“It’s not just us,” May said. “It’s every shelter and rescue. Not just in Eastern North Carolina, but across the United States. They are overflowing with surrendering owners and stray animals.

May thinks the reason for such an outburst has to do with the pandemic.

“A lot of people have pets so they don’t need to be neutered,” May said. “So they breed. A lot of people didn’t think about going back to their normal life and they couldn’t keep their dogs, so we saw a lot of puppies and unsocialized 3 year old dogs being delivered to shelters.

There are options for those who find it difficult to take care of their pets.

“We have different groups here. We have Eastern NC Pets 2.0 which is a great group for repatriation,” May said. “And if you contact us, you can bring your pets home safely and responsibly.”

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