SPCA of Northeastern NC raising money for animal shelter renovation

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 16, 2013

Update: Since this story originally aired, the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina has received many donations from people in both Virginia and North Carolina, including a $1,000 donation from an anonymous donor in Virginia. 

Information on how you can donate is listed below…

Elizabeth City, N.C. - Inside their small building on Wilson Street, the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina is about to burst.

They have cats set up in the lobby, there are dogs living in their office space and even the bathroom is being used.

They always have a lot of animals to care for, and this year they had some unusual situations.

In just a few months, they took in 200 animals in from an alleged dog fighting operation, hoarding situation and other cases.

Fortunately, almost all of those animals have found new homes or been taken in by other rescue groups or shelters.

But there are always more that take their place, so what they really need is space and a more modern building.

They have already purchased a building on Enterprise Drive using money that was donated specifically for that purpose.

The building will give them a lot more room to work with.  It’s 6,000 square feet and comes with two acres of land.

Now they need money to renovate it.  A USDA grant will cover a lot of the expenses, but they need to raise $331,000 themselves. So far, they've raised more than $200,000 and they need a little over $100,000 more.

They're hoping to reach that goal by December with the support of the community.

Once they have enough money, they’ll start getting bids and expect it will take 9 months after that to get everything finished.

“The spaces will be better for the animals because we`ll have contained spaces for feral cats, pregnant cats, sick dogs, adoptable dogs, a free-roam cat room, every animal will have its own space,” said Kim Parrish, President of the SPCA Board of Directors.  “It’ll be a better care facility for the animals that do come in and a better quality of life while they’re with us.”

If you’d like to donate, you can get more information on their website or give them a call at (252) 338-5222.

You can also make in-kind donations, by donating your time and any special skills you have, like painting.