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Animal Shelter Support Fund available to assist shelters with Hurricane Florence expenses

RALEIGH – Animal shelters who incurred expenses due to Hurricane Florence can request reimbursement through the Animal Shelter Support Fund. Services eligible for reimbursement include veterinary, sanitation, feed, supplies and temporary housing. This fund cannot be used for administrative costs or capital expenditures.

Shelters need to apply soon, as requests should be made within 60 days of the incurred expense.

“Many shelters, especially in eastern North Carolina, endured a great burden during Hurricane Florence due to the overwhelming need for sheltering services for companion animals,” said Patricia Norris, director, NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section. “We were fortunate to receive a lot of outside assistance from neighboring states. However, many shelters incurred expenses above and beyond what generous donations they received. This $250,000 fund should help our shelters in resuming normal operations as recovery continues.”

A county or city eligible for reimbursement through the Animal Shelter Support Fund must provide a local match based on their development tier. For example, a local government in tier one counties must provide a match equivalent to one dollar for every three dollars distributed from the fund. Request should be made within 60 days of the incurred expense. Payments for accepted requests shall be made within 30 days of receipt of request.

Contact the Animal Welfare Section, 919-707-3280 or email agr.aws@ncagr.gov for more information.

 

 

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