News media personalities play with cats and dogs to promote local adoption

This story is a positive one involving local news media personalities and their efforts to get shelter pets adopted. I’m not sure whether this is a local thing or whether news stations across the country participate, but it’s good exposure, both for the pet and the newscasters we turn to for breaking stories on our television.

WECT News out of Wilmington, North Carolina recently featured anchor Bob Bonner and Columbus County Animal Shelter Director Joey Prince with two kittens turned into the Whiteville shelter. Click here (link broken sorry) for the video, which gets quite funny at the end as one kitten uses the Bob as a cat tree. Bonnie and John were found as strays and turned over to the shelter. Anyone interested in adopting them can contact Columbus County Animal Control at 910-641-3945.

Joey Prince with WECT anchor (screenshot WECT) promoting shelter adoption
Joey Prince with WECT anchor Bob Bonner promoting shelter adoption(screenshot)
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Kendra Kent with Fox Carolina News is part of a team that covers the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia news, weather, sports, traffic and a little fun. Kendra and Fox Carolina have done a lot to help promote shelter adoption, as well as fundraisers for local shelters, as well as helping rescues raise funds for injured animals. Kendra has been at this for a LONG time now. Take a look at her as she did a piece for Greenville County Animal Care Services, a kill shelter in Upstate South Carolina.

Kendra back in 2012 (Facebook: Kendra Kent)
Kendra back in 2012 (Facebook: Kendra Kent)

She also promotes dogs through Fox’s Four Legged Friends. This week’s lucky dog is George, who is with Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue. George’s story can be found here.

Kendra with George and ladies from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
Kendra with George and ladies from Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue

Not only is Kendra devoted to the animals in Upstate South Carolina, she’s also been nominated for 2016 TV Weathercaster of the Year by Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas! When not helping animals, Kendra is chief meteorologist for Fox Carolina, where she can be seen putting in a LOT of grueling hours during dangerous weather events.

It’s a good feeling to see pets being promoted for adoption on the local news. So much bad news is out there these days, it’s a beautiful thing to realize how much exposure these pets are getting, thanks to news media. Plus, I imagine it boosts their ratings as people look forward to the daily or weekly animal ‘spot.’

One more of Bob and his new little friend
One more of Bob and his new little friend

For the record, every animal featured on the Pet of the Week segment for WECT News from Columbus County Animal Shelter has found a forever home!

Thank you to all of the news anchors out there who realize the power of television and who take the time to promote and cover animal events.



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