Duplin County Animal Services issued a plea for help Monday on Facebook, saying almost every dog there “will be out of time tomorrow” without help.
On Tuesday, DCAS gave an update to its original post, saying “no animals will be euthanized today!”
“Thank you to every single person that has made an effort to help as that is why we post when the animals are in need!!!” the update said.
Sixtteen animals were “saved by rescues or adopters” on Tuesday, making room in the small shelter and taking animals destined for euthanasia out of danger.
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“This plea for help is a normal occurrence for this tiny rural shelter!” DCAS wrote on Facebook Tuesday. “Yesterday the skies seemed so dark, but today the sun is shining. We are very small and we don’t get much attention. We will not stop until every dog and cat are safe.”
As of Wednesday morning, the shelter had two dogs and two cats on its list of available pets.
Duplin County Animal Services originally posted a desperate “SOS” message to its Facebook page Monday afternoon, saying the shelter was at “code red” and “out of time.”
“This is with a very heavy heart that almost every dog in this shelter will be out of time tomorrow and (we) have no interest,” DCAS wrote.
DCAS adoption/rescue coordinator Bobbie Kennedy told The News & Observer in an interview on Monday that there were 77 dogs and cats under the care of the shelter, plus one bird, and the shelter has very limited space and time to get animals adopted or moved into rescues or foster homes.
“We can only keep them 5 days then they have to be rescued or adopted, as we only have 14 general kennels at our facility,” Kennedy said. “The call volume exceeds our space by a lot.”
Many of the animals in the care of DCAS already had been moved into foster homes “as we have no space for them, and some are quarantined at home due to space as well,” Kennedy said.
That still left 13 that were endangered, he said.
The shelter is in Kenansville, about 58 miles east of Fayetteville in Duplin County.
The post shared photos of many of the animals at the shelter, and noted that eight of the dogs in danger were less than 20 pounds, several smaller than 10 pounds, and all were heartworm negative.
The shelter covers 819 square miles and 60,000 residents “with many strays and owner surrenders,” according to the DCAS Facebook page.
“There is nowhere to house them nor support their care on the budget we are given, or any budget. We are too small of a shelter to be accepted into a grant program, so we search day in and day out for a place for them, we beg, we plead and most importantly we try to keep everyone informed so they have an opportunity to make a difference, where we cannot, our volunteers and supporters make such a huge difference for these furbabies,” DCAS says in its “Our Story” section of its Facebook page.
“The building fills faster than people can get them out. Euthanasia is a sad truth here,” DCAS says on its Facebook page.
Adoption fees range from $55 for a male cat to $115 for female dogs and include vouchers for spay/neuter procedures. Rabies vaccines of $10 are required for adoption.
The shelter is at 117 Middleton Cemetery Lane in Kenansville and can be reached at 910-296-2159.