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Columbus County Animal Shelter receives huge donations since hurricane and flooding

The Columbus County Animal Shelter received a huge donation from their area and surrounding areas (Source: Joey Prince) The Columbus County Animal Shelter received a huge donation from their area and surrounding areas (Source: Joey Prince)

The Columbus County Animal Shelter has received an unprecedented outpouring of support and donations in days since Hurricane Matthew and the flooding. 

The shelter's resources have been limited with the influx of displaced animals but the donations they have received have been outstanding. 

Maggie Elliot asked her customers of Jay West's Salon in Winston Salem to bring food and supplies to be donated to the Columbus County Shelter. She decided to do this after seeing the devastation suffered on various news stations as well as social media photos from her friends affected by the storm.

Elliot and her nephews loaded up a pick up truck and U-Haul trailer early Sunday morning and brought all of the supplies to the Columbus County Shelter. She has a lifetime love of animals as well as many rescues of her own. Elliot donated all these supplies to help the shelter animals and as well as for a memorial to the memory of her 12-year-old Shepherd, who recently passed.

Carolina Boxer Rescue also came out on Sunday, donating food raised at their annual Boxer Bash, held Oct. 16 in Murrell's Inlet. The event "charges" a bag of food for entry. The food raised was brought to the shelter by Christine Dean and her family from Loris, SC.

Many local residents have also dropped off food and supplies for the animals. One local resident donated a supply of firewood for the shelter to trade for any needed supplies. A vet's office in the area donated a large amount of food, supplies and carriers that their customers had brought to the office. Two ladies who live in Wilmington loaded a pick up truck of supplies and brought it to the shelter.

The Columbus Humane Society also continues to lend its support during this time, providing needed transport of animals for vet care as well as donating food and supplies.

Shelter Director Joey Prince said the staff of the animal shelter has been overwhelmed by the support from both the community as well as those who have previously lived here or have ties to the area. "It has been amazing. It's really good to see people pull together during a crisis."

The shelter has processed more than 100 animals in the week since the storm began. Shelter staff have been putting in 12 hour days since Oct. 8, both in rescuing animals as well as caring for them. Due to the power outages, the staff had to complete many of their duties, such as feeding and cleaning the animal areas by flashlight for the first few days after the storm.

Anyone wishing to donate to the animals or adopt from the shelter, may visit the shelter at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville, NC. Shelter hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday.

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