Mondy Lamb of the SPCA of Wake County says the best solution for pet owners is to ask family, friends and neighbors to temporarily care for their pets.
The Heritage High School emergency shelter in Wake Forest is accepting humans and pets. It's located at 1150 Forestville Rd. The effort is being coordinated in conjunction with Wake County Emergency Services.
Wake County Emergency Services also is working with the SPCA and the Wake County Animal Shelter to prevent overcrowding at shelters.
If you find a displaced animal, take it to the nearest shelter and the shelter will try to locate the pet's owner. Again, if you are a displaced resident with a pet, you and your pet can go to the Heritage High School shelter.
Lamb also says the public can assist by adopting a pet from their local shelter, which will make room for any pets that may arrive in the coming days. She cautions pet owners to use animal shelters as a last resort. Shelters are still actively caring for pets that are not displaced by the tornadoes.
Contact your local animal shelter to learn about adopting a pet.