We are facing a difficult time with the Coronavirus rampaging across the world leaving destruction and tragedy in its wake. As we all “shelter-in-place” it may be helpful to reflect on what was happening last year…as we faced another challenge: the destruction of Hurricane Dorian. We offer the following summary of these events in gratitude to all of our Paws and Love family and to the Petco Foundation for their support of the Sanctuary’s recovery. It is a reminder that we are all in this together and that we can all “Pause and Love” our neighbors – even while we are socially distant! Be safe and well!
Hurricane Dorian downed trees, damaged Sanctuary buildings, and destroyed much of the perimeter fencing needed to keep the cats safe. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction, the outpouring of community support included: donated generators by Phil and Mary Ruth Coleman, volunteers to move cat food and supplies to a safe area, help with removing tree limbs, and patching the fence to safe-guard and protect the cats.
As a result of the quick community response, no cats were lost or hurt. The remaining property, however, was left with serious damage from downed trees. Thanks to a generous donation from the Petco Foundation, Paws and Love was able to restore the Sanctuary. We are grateful to the Petco Foundation for this support!
Paws and Love operates on a small budget and without the Petco Foundation’s support, the tree removal and needed repairs to our property would have jeopardized our ability to care for the 115 Sanctuary residents, cats with high needs (i.e. seniors, cats with disabilities, cats who are extremely shy/feral, and those who would not likely survive a typical feral-colony). The Petco Foundation’s support allowed us to repair the Sanctuary while continuing care for the Sanctuary residents and our commitment to TNR efforts across our county (in 2019 our TNR included over 460 cats). We are very grateful for the support of the Petco Foundation in response to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on the Sanctuary and our Eastern North Carolina communities. We all continue to shelter-in-place!
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