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Friday, May 24, 2024

Area humane society’s fundraiser highlights ‘crappy’ exes this Valentine’s Day

To see Pender County Humane Society animals for adoption, click here. (Courtesy photo)

PENDER COUNTY — A no-kill shelter in Pender County has a charitable event underway that celebrates Valentine’s Day in a different way.

The Pender County Humane Society welcomes donors to call out their “crappy” exes for $5 per name. In exchange, the staff will write the names on the bottom of its litter boxes in the facility. The shelter cats will do their business and in turn add some cheer to a day that may have some down in the “dumps,” shelter staff noted on its social media page Wednesday.

“Cheer yourself up while supporting a good cause!” it suggested.

Donations are being accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 14. Upon contributing, donors are asked to follow up in the comments section on the humane society’s Facebook page with the name(s) they choose to go on the litter boxes.

For those that prefer old-fashioned snail mail, checks and names can be sent to PO Box 626, Burgaw, NC 28425.

Already the nonprofit has received quite a few followers and quips on its post. Someone asked if a picture is allowed, too, (staff welcomes it), while another noted that conjuring the names of the past aren’t worth it — not even for the bottom of a litter box.

“Just write Thank you Jesus I didn’t marry any of them!!” Kristi Rivenbark Croom wrote after donating.

Pender County Humane Society opened in the 1970s and closed for 20 years, from 1977 through 1997 before it was re-chartered. It takes in abandoned and abused cats and dogs in both Pender and New Hanover counties.

Currently, the 2,000-square-foot shelter can accommodate roughly 20 adult dogs or puppies and 15 adult cats or kittens. It also utilizes a foster system and has several homes signed up to take in animals beyond what the shelter houses.

Its website lists 16 cats and dogs available for adoption right now.

Money from the Valentine’s Day fundraiser helps with pet supplies, food, treats and toys, as well as cleaning supplies, trash bags, and laundry detergent, among other items. The shelter is independently run by volunteers; donations from the public and fundraisers keep it operational.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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