Improvements are in the future for Columbus County Animal Shelter since Joey Prince took control last week. Examiner reported the changeover in a September 28 article addressed to an animal advocacy community eager for change as former director Rossie Hayes turned the shelter over to his successor. On September 30, Prince reached out to Greenville Dog Examiner in an email detailing his plans, improvements and needs for the Whiteville, North Carolina shelter. Prince stated
“It has been an exciting first week for me at the Columbus County Animal Shelter! The current staff has been very gracious in helping me get acclimated in my new position, and I am excited about the future of our county’s shelter. We are currently working on implementing a plan on the improvements we want to enact.”
Prince understands the impact social media plays in pet rescue and adoption. He will ensure the public is provided photos of animals in need of a forever home, as well as of these precious pets once they are safe in their forever home. His desire for transparency is a welcome change from the past director.
One project Columbus County Animal Shelter is working on and hopes to announce soon is a display of county, charter, and city elementary schools’ pet-related art in the Columbus shelter. Prince is determined to make the shelter a warm and welcoming place for those seeking a new family member. Not only are students going to display their artwork, but local artists have also volunteered to paint murals on their walls.
Prince has already made an exciting trip the see the very impressive shelter in Brunswick County. The staff there was happy to share their ideas, which Prince plans to implement at the shelter. A special thanks goes out to Lt. Tolley of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, who is in charge of Animal Protective Services as well as Angela, who works at the shelter and directed the tour.
Health and cleanliness are a top priority concern at any shelter. Several North Carolina shelters have faced deadly outbreaks of a contagious disease this summer. Prince has ordered an increase in their cleaning schedule to ensure they are improving the lives and conditions of our animals. He recognizes dogs and cats need exercise and socialization to thrive in a shelter environment. Columbus County Animal Shelter is currently working with Columbus County to rehab an unused space by turning it into a pet play area for prospective pet parents. They’re also increasing their volunteer base to get the dogs on a regular bath schedule and to ensure they get regular play time outside.
Prince realizes community involvement can make or break a shelter. Offering rabies vaccinations at three local vets where residents can get a discount helps everyone. Southern Veterinary Hospital in Whiteville, Animal Hospital in Whiteville and Animal Hospital in South Columbus in Tabor City are offering the vaccines for only $5.
Since Prince is working hard to turn Columbus County Animal Shelter into a model facility, he recognizes that sometimes the need arises to reach out to the community for help. This week the shelter has seen an influx of puppies and is running low on puppy food. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, located at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville. Delivery information is listed below for anyone wishing to place an online order through Amazon, WalMart or any other pet retailer.
Columbus County Animal Control
288 Legion Drive
Whiteville, NC 28472
You can stay up to date with the shelter via Facebook. Community page by volunteers for Urgent Cats of Whiteville here. Follow Greenville Dog Examiner on Facebook.