Humane Society of Eastern Carolina changes adoption protocols temporarily

March 16, 2020
Humane Society of Eastern Carolina to operate by appointment only in response to the
growing concern of COVID-19
GREENVILLE, N.C. (March 16, 2020) – The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (HSEC) is taking
steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still working toward its mission of finding
forever homes for the animals in their care.
Effective immediately, The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina will be closed to the public and
volunteers until further notice. During this time, HSEC will allow applications for adoption to be
placed online. Staff will review these applications and then set up an appointment for the
adopters to visit the facility to complete the adoption. Any interested adopters are encouraged
to visit HESC’s website to view adoptable animals: .
HSEC is implementing this practice so they are able to continue placing animals into their
forever homes while ensuring that foot traffic through the facility is kept to the absolute
“Our main priority right now is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and animals,” says
Shelby Jolly, HSEC’s Shelter Director. “Please know that our animals will continue to receive the
top-quality care and love that they deserve from our staff, but we must work to limit the
number of people coming through our facility at this time. Our goal of finding forever homes for
our animals will always remain, but we must ensure we keep everyone as safe and healthy as
possible in this time of uncertainty.”
The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina currently plans to continue this process through March
31st. During that time, HSEC will continue to monitor and evaluate how best to respond to this
issue. As this is such a fluid and continually changing situation, HSEC asks that the public
monitor their social media channels as the closure timeline is subject to change based on
recommendations from public health officials.
Sara Sherrill, Community Engagement Coordinator
Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
Michael Brown, Chairman
(252) 413-7247