LUMBERTON — As hundreds of rescue workers focus their efforts on the human population of Robeson County in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the animals have their emergency management, too.
Tuesday afternoon, Deputy Katherine Floyd of Robeson County Sheriff’s Office was at the Emergency Operations Center coordinating the rescue, housing and feeding of creatures great, small and potentially deadly.
Dogs, cats, horses, goats, venomous and non-venomous snakes, and the vast category of “exotics” all have their plans in place for them.
“We’ve got the horse people in the community who are using their houses and trailers, they are pulling horses and housing them on higher land,” Floyd said. “Any kind of venomous snakes, snakes or exotics, I will personally house. Dogs, we are farming them out to all the people we have access to. We’ve taken in several dogs and they’ve been shipped out.”
As the calls come in for domesticated animals, working animals and livestock, there is a response.
“We rescued two horses from high water yesterday, I went out there in my waders,” Floyd said.
“Right now we are getting ready to pick up 14 goats and a horse,” she said at 1 p.m. Tuesday. “The person has called and requested transport from one location to another. In emergency situations we do have fosters on high ground that will take them in.”
With the rehousing of animals, donations have come in to help. Laurinburg is donating cat and dog food, as well as litter. A donation of several bails of hay has been given by an individual in Raleigh and additional hay from a local resident.
More than 30 animals housed at the Robeson County Humane Society’s Friends for Life shelter are OK, but did have a mild scare. According to the society’s Facebook page, the shelter, which is on West Fifth Street, where heavy flooding occurred, was cut off for a while and the animals were without water.
But a generator was secured and the cats and dogs are fine — and waiting rescue from a loving family.
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