Last week, Lake Norman Humane made a harrowing trip to Craven County in the midst of Hurricane Dorian.
Their mission — to bring 26 dogs and cats from that shelter to free up space for animals expected to be caught up in the storm. These animals released to Lake Norman had cleared their stray hold and were available, pending medical evaluations, for adoption.
A little more than one week later, seven of those animals found their forever homes. One of the big surprises in those initial adoptions, said Executive Director Emily Beebe, is that most of those seven were seniors.
Still, there are a number of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies from Hurricane Dorian looking for homes, not to mention the animals that were in the care of Lake Norman Humane prior and since Dorian hit the state last week.
Of the animals brought to Mooresville last week, all but two were cleared medically and were available for immediate adoption.
One, a mother dog with puppies old enough for adoption, is heartworm positive and she went for her initial consult with the vet this week.
The other had a minor medical issue that needed to be treated before it could be placed up for adoption, Beebe said.
Since they arrived at the facility, a few cats were diagnosed with upper respiratory issues but those are being treated and those cats should be ready for new families soon, Beebe said.
The adoption facility opened Saturday — two days after the staff brought them to Mooresville from New Bern, Beebe said.
“We had about 100 to 200 people come through, looking at the animals and bringing in donations,” she said.
Still looking for new homes are the puppies from the heartworm-positive mother, a bluetick coonhound and several cats, ranging from young kittens to adults.
The rescue mission to Craven County was at the request of Best Friends Animal Society, Beebe said last week.
Beebe said the move to the new facility a few months ago meant more room to take in these displaced animals. “This is a huge passion for us,” she said.
Anyone interested in adopting any of the animals at Lake Norman Humane can visit www.lakenormanhumane.org or visit the facility at 2106 Charlotte Highway Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Adoption fairs are held at the center the second, fourth and fifth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.