Pender County Humane Society opens at new location

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Members of the Pender County Humane Society have been keeping animals inside a private home because they were forced to find another shelter location after a dispute with their land owner.

The society normally takes cares of about 50 animals, but was only allowed to keep nine animals at a time in their home, according to law.

Shelter Manager Debbie Rye said it was frustrating having to turn people away.

This weekend the animals will have a new home located on the left side of Highway 53, just a few minutes outside Burgaw.

The new Pender County Humane Society will have more space for the animals and kennels twice the size of the old ones.

"We're really proud of this room because cats won't be caged," said Rye.  "They'll be free running we have a kitty room over there."

The new shelter has two quarantine rooms and a built-in bath tub, which something they've never had before.

"If they'd fit in the sink we'd do it that way," said Rye.  "If the weather was nice we'd go outside and wash them."

The new building costs $200,000 and was paid for by donations and fundraisers.

Funds from the Furry Friends store, which is owned by the humane society, will go toward the new shelter.

"You're looking at a miracle, if you've never seen one come see the Pender County Humane Society," said Pender Humane Society President Gloria Johnson.

The shelter will officially open Saturday, July 18.

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