Brokerage Funds Sanctuary for Pets Affected by Florence

September 24, 2018

Animals displaced during Hurricane Florence are getting safe harbor and a second chance with the help of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage and its agents. The real estate brokerage, with 19 offices across North Carolina, donated $1,000 in matching funds to Pender County Humane Society and has committed an additional $1,500 donation for supplies.

German shepherd puppy

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The emergency facility, which is called Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary, is the vision of a brand-new agent, Samira Davis. She partnered with Julie Lamacchia, president of Pender County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Burgaw, N.C., after local shelters became overcrowded by the influx of abandoned and surrendered pets during and after the hurricane. Fellow agents Wade and Ashley Wilson donated the use of a family-owned, 33,000-square-foot warehouse building in Castle Hayne to house the pets and necessary supplies. “We’ve been overwhelmed with the incredible, generous response of the community to assist us in getting the Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary up and running,” says Davis, who started with her brokerage on Sept. 10.

Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary, Pender County Humane Society, and its volunteers have also been working overtime to relocate animals that may have otherwise been euthanized at overcrowded government-funded shelters. The group rented and drove a 9-foot moving van, which they’ve dubbed “The Fluffy Bus,” to Pennsylvania to drop off eight dogs and 10 cats to The Sanctuary at Haafsville, a no-kill shelter in Breinigsville, Penn.

“Coldwell Banker has a long tradition of supporting pets and pet adoption,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “Pets are cherished members of our families and a very important part of our home life. In 2015, Coldwell Banker launched its Homes for Dogs Project with a goal of finding homes for 25,000 abandoned dogs each year. Locally, we have been very supportive of pet adoption with our own projects. Samira’s Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary is a much-needed solution to a tragic problem, and we’re honored to support her vision.”

Davis and Lamacchia are seeking crates, blankets, and pet food donations. All donations can be delivered to the Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary warehouse at 4101 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne, N.C., 28429.

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Funds New Sea Coast Pet Sanctuary,” Sept. 15, 2018. Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Blog