As Hurricane Florence approaches, Young-Williams Animal Shelter is on standby to take in evacuated animals from shelters in South Carolina and North Carolina. But first, the shelter needs foster families for the pets currently at their facilities to make space in the kennels for new arrivals.
“So when we do, or if we get that call from the ASPCA, we will be ready to take whatever we need to help the other shelters out,” said Courtney Kliman, with Young-Williams Animal Center.
With the Carolinas in the storm’s path, shelter pets will likely be moved in the coming days. Young-Williams says it is the biggest shelter in Knox County, capable of taking in a number of animals in need.
“It’s our due diligence to help and give back when there’s a crisis,” said Kliman.
Currently, both facilities of Young-Williams are at capacity, and they have been for some time now. The shelters have been housing nearly 200 pets.
Kliman adds, “We haven’t had to euthanize for space, we never want to. This just guarantees that pets will have a safe condition and we can provide humane care to the hundreds of animals that are in our custody at the moment.”
To foster a pet, you have to go through an application process here.
“We provide everything. So we’ll give them a starter kit of food, if they have an animal that needs some medical treatment, we’ll send the medicine home with them. Teach them how to administer that correctly,” said Kliman.
By opening up shelter space and fostering a pet, staff at Young-Williams say you’ll be saving lives.