Midcoast Humane needs to make room at their shelters for an influx of animals displaced by Hurricane Florence. (Midcoast Humane photo)

BRUNSWICK — Local animal shelters are making a push this month to help some of the most defenseless victims of Hurricane Florence.

The storm devastated parts of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina last month. With those in the hardest hit areas still picking up the pieces, Midcoast Humane is making room for  animals that were in shelters or displaced from their homes when the storm hit.

“We’d like to make some serious room,” said Marketing Manager Jane Siviski. “The shelters down south are full of animals that have gone missing.”

To make room for more animals, Midcoast Humane is offering half-price adoptions on adult animals one year or older throughout October. The month-long adoption campaign is called “Fall in Love.” To view the adoptable animals at Midcoast Humane’s Brunswick and Edgecomb campuses visit midcoasthumane.org.

Midcoast Humane, formerly Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter, has 20 kittens from the hurricane affected area that are ready to be adopted. Siviski was optimistic the local shelters would be able to coordinate more transports with those in need in the south.

“We’re not taking animals that may already belong to someone,” said Siviski. “When something like this happens animals come into shelters that may already be overpopulated.”

It’s just a piece of the ongoing hurricane relief efforts, but a potential fresh start for the four-legged friends. Midcoast Humane has already announced dogs in need of a new home from Florence will be arriving in the coming weeks.

“Overpopulation is a national issue, and we will do whatever we can to help rehome animals from high-population regions of our country,” said Executive Director Trendy Stanchfield in a press release. “During a natural disaster like Florence, we make ourselves available to help out as much as we can.”

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