Rocky Mount, NC – Emails are spreading like wildfire, as are the postings on Facebook – Hurricane Irene means certain death to the shelter animals at the Rocky Mount City Animal Shelter.
The plea reads something like this – “All of the animals drowned during the last hurricane – so the shelter will put all of the animals down before Hurricane Irene hits”.
The well-intentioned hope is that the shelters can be cleared of their animals before the potentially massive storm hits.
However, the city of Rocky Mount is reaching out to let networkers know that the rumors are not true.
From the City of Rocky Mount, within the past 15 minutes:
An email is being circulated that states that all or most animals at the animal shelter will be euthanized this week in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. This is NOT true. Our shelter is located very close to the Tar River, and a significant storm may cause some flooding in that area. Therefore, we may need to transport the animals from our shelter to other local animal shelters. Our staff have been in talks with other shelters this week to make the necessary arrangements out of consideration for the animals’ safety.
If you receive an email that contains untrue information about the Rocky Mount Animal Shelter, please respond to the sender with this accurate information and refer them to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/citybeat). We appreciate the community’s concern for these animals and we hope you will help us find caring homes for them.
Thankfully the wildfire rumor mill is not correct – the shelter is reaching out to ensure that the animals will have a safe sanctuary until the storm threat has passed.
However, there are many animals who would benefit from networking – as always.
The puppies featured in this story are homeless – they need a family to call their own – they still will benefit from networking.
And though the rumors may be exaggerated, reaching out to help rescues and animal shelters in this threatened hurricane area is still a great idea.
If you have ever been inclined to donate, foster or assist in some manner, please reach out to your local shelters to see how you can be of help.
Have you read about Jewel? If not, please take a moment to read the plea for this beautiful German shepherd’s life.
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