This is a positive story about how an animal shelter can go from being one of the worst in North Carolina to one doing their best to provide for the comfort of the cats in their care. Programs and grants are out there to help with the financial burden of daily operations. A lot of changes have come to Columbus County Animal Shelter, located in Whiteville, since Joey Prince took over in September 2015. He and his staff and volunteers show dedication and compassion to the unwanted pets who enter their facility.
The Columbus County Animal Shelter is pleased to announce that they have received a $1000 grant to help fund their cat spay/neuter program. The grant comes from Maddie’s Fund and was awarded because the shelter met the requirements of the Million Cat Challenge in May 2016. The goal is to be able to spay or neuter each cat that comes in to help deal with the county’s overpopulation issue. Columbus County Animal Shelter Joey Prince credits his team with improvements on their cat area saying
“Our team has really worked hard in the past year to improve the conditions for our shelter cats. We have added a new cat room for our adoptable cats and have had food and medicines donated by the community to make their lives better, so it’s nice to be recognized for all of our hard work.
Other improvements this year have included cages which encourage climbing and cat hammocks, which have proven to be a big hit with both the cats and the kittens.
In addition, the shelter, in tandem with the Columbus Humane Society, operates a trap/spay-neuter/release program for feral cats. Cats are humanely trapped, receive basic shots including rabies, are either spayed or neutered and then released to area farmers who have requested cats to assist in vermin control. The Humane Society then performs random, unannounced spot check to ensure the cats are being cared for.
The shelter is currently working on an enclosed outside play area which would allow the cats to have more time out of their cages, and is currently seeking additional grant funding opportunities for this project.
Their cats are on display and available for adoption from Monday-Friday between 8:30 am-4 pm.
Photos courtesy of Joey Prince.