Columbus County Animal Control (CCAC) shelter dogs and cats are being adopted VERY far from the facility, with one dog on his way to Italy. Yes-ITALY! As in across the ocean! This rural shelter in Whiteville, North Carolina has made a complete turnaround over the past few years. A HUGE thank you goes out to Shelter Director Joey Prince, his staff, volunteers and especially those who run the Facebook pages (where they have a BIG job of keeping up with animals up for adoption and those who have already found a forever home).
Through the power of volunteer social media, the CCAC has recently placed animals in Asheville, NC, Maryville, TN, Indianapolis, IN and in Mozzo, Italy (Northern Italy – Lombardia Region – Bergamo Province). Had these volunteer not worked so diligently on their Facebook pages, these animals would have likely had a much darker future.
Isis was transported by the Columbus Humane Society last weekend to the Whiskers for Life rescue in Asheville, NC. The animal was picked by a fan of the Urgent Cats on Columbus County Page.
Mille, a small Torte cat that had been seen on the Facebook page for the cats of the shelter, and who reminded the new owner of a favored deceased cat, was also along for the ride. The new owner, who lives in Maryville, Tennessee, met the Humane Society in Asheville to take the kitten to its new home. ((New owner is pictured with Millie).
Early today, the Humane Society is scheduled to take Petey the cat to the airport for her Delta Airline flight to Indianapolis, Indiana. Also seen on Facebook, a family decided she was the perfect addition to their home and is having her flown to them.
Tiger the dog, however, has the longest journey ahead of him. A fan of the volunteer dog Facebook page, Tim, shared a picture of Tiger with a friend of who lives in Italy. Due to the 50% increase in dogs coming into the shelter this year, it was possible that Tiger would have been killed this week, but social media has given him a much brighter future.
Tim, a friend of the family in Italy, has already traveled to Maine to pick up Tiger, and once all necessary transport papers have been completed, Tiger will be on his way to his new family in Italy.
Unfortunately, the shelter is suffering from a double whammy right now, as, in addition to the increase in dogs, every spring sees an explosion of cats entering the shelter, and that has already started. The excess of animals is straining both space and resources. Those wishing to adopt can click on the links below to see the beautiful animals currently in their care.
The cats for the shelter can be found on the Urgent Cats of Columbus County Facebook while dog available can be found here. Using the power of social media and excellent transporting skills, a person can no longer say a cat is too far away for adoption. Provided the shelter will allow out of state (or out of the COUNTRY adoption), a cat or dog can hitch a ride about anywhere. Adopters have been known to drive great distances for the cat they feel is their destiny.