Beaufort County Animal Control sheltering animals of those staying at county’s emergency shelter

Published 2:13 pm Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Beaufort County Animal Control is providing shelter for the animals of those seeking refuge from Hurricane Florence by staying at the emergency shelter at Washington High School.

In order to drop off an animal at Animal Control, located at 3931 U.S. Highway 264, pet owners will need to have a voucher from the human shelter at Washington High School, as well as proof of rabies vaccination. If the animal hasn’t received a rabies vaccination yet, the animal shelter will provide one for $10.

All animals of any size are welcome. Space is limited, so it is best to drop off your pets as soon as possible.

“We’ve got 43 cages for dogs set up and sometimes we’re able to put two or three in one kennel, so that will of course add to it,” Billy Lassiter, chief of Beaufort County Animal Control, said. “But we’ve got 43 dog kennels set up, and we have another 30 cat cages.”

While at the shelter, animals will be provided with basic needs, such as food and water, and will be walked and cared for. Lassiter said pet owners should also bring along whatever their pets may need.

“If they have any special needs, medication, anything they may need,” Lassiter said. “Some of them want their own dog beds, some of them want their own special kind of food, those types of things.”

There is no charge for boarding an animal at the animal shelter, as long as owners pick up their animals within an hour of being released from the human shelter at Washington High School.