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NC State Vet School Houses Pets Stranded by Hurricane

Posted September 23, 1999

— Hundreds of pets have been forced from their homes by the flooding in eastern North Carolina. Many of them will be staying atN.C. State's vet schooluntil they can be reunited with their families.

The crates are set up. The paper is laid. Dogs rescued from the floods have a warm place to stay.

"These dogs were all found either swimming or in very small areas as the water was rising. They were pulled in by boats," said Melissa Forberg, Humane Society spokesperson.

Some of the animals have various health problems, broken bones and parasites from drinking contaminated water.

But the future is bright for many of the animals being cared for by the vet students.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to see some of the injuries and diseases that occur commonly," said Dr. Kelli Ferris.

The Humane Society is expecting more than 100 dogs and cats to be brought here. The goal is to give them food, shelter and tender loving care until their owners claim them or another home is found.

If you can identify one of these dogs, or would like to adopt one in the future, call(919) 715-9679.

If you would like to make a donation, call(800) HUMANE-1or send a check to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation at 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606.

You can also drop off pet supplies -- food, carriers -- at a trailer set up on Blue Ridge Road near the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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