April 20, 2011
Animal Advocates of Moore County knew they had to help the animals in Sanford/Lee County after last weekend's devastating storms displaced so many and left owners with nowhere to turn. Having been caught right in the middle of the 'action' they felt a sense of connection to the area residents. AAMC was holding a pet adoption last Saturday at PetSense when the storms erupted. Barb Shepherd, Director of Operations, had just stepped outside with another volunteer when they heard the incredible sounds and looked up to see a tornado heading right for them, swirling with debris. Running back into the store they scooped up animals and yelled for everyone to head to the back where they huddled together until the storm had passed. After quickly packing up animals and volunteers, they headed back to Pinehurst in driving wind and rain. The news later in the day showed the extent of the losses in property for businesses and homeowners. Barb and her group immediately decided they had to go back the next day and help where they could. Loaded with a van and truck full of dog and cat food, donated by the Sanford PetSense, they returned to help the local shelters. "I was so blessed to have the opportunity Sunday to help the Red Cross with food for the animals of Sanford," Shepherd posted on her Facebook page. AAMC will continue to transport donated food to the area in days to come. If you would like to help in any way, please contact the AAMC office at 910-944-5098.