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Animal tip line helps NC owners report pets lost during Hurricane Irene

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team is on the ground in coastal North Carolina to operate emergency shelters in those states to house animals displaced by Hurricane Irene.

The HSUS was called in to assist in Pamlico County, N.C., and is working alongside law enforcement to rescue and provide shelter for displaced pets. The HSUS also set up a tip line for residents in Pamlico County to report missing animals or report animals in need of rescue. That toll-free number is 877-822-3343.

"Thousands of residents have lost their homes in Pamlico County and are living without power or clean water," said Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS. "The HSUS is here to help by creating a safe place for their four-legged family members in their time of need."

In North Carolina, The HSUS and volunteers from Hello Bully established a large-capacity emergency pet shelter at the Craven County Fair Grounds to house rescued animals as well as pets from families who have evacuated without a place to keep their animals. The shelter is also available for pets of first-responders who are on extended duty in the devastated area.

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