Animal hospital helps four-legged victims in wake of fire

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The smoke has cleared at Windsor Green, but as neighbors piece together their belongings, they also search for their four-legged family members.

"Today we had a little kitty that was burned in the fire," said VCA Palmetto Animal Hospital General Manager Melanie Stefanski. "He's being treated right now. Two pets were found this morning. They found running down Carolina Forest Boulevard last night."

VCA is trying to reconnect pets with their owners following the fire. They are treating and boarding animals free of charge until either the staff can locate the animal's owner, or until their owner has a place to live again.

"Since it is considered a national disaster we offer free boarding like we did with the wildfires of 2009," Stefanski said.

Photos of pets have flooded the WMBF News Facebook fan page, posted either by owners looking for their pets, or from people who have found lost animals after the fire.

Stefanski says social media has played a monumental role in documenting and cataloguing lost or found animals , but anyone who finds a pet needs to contact the Grand Strand Humane Society, Horry County Animal Care Center or bring them directly to VCA.

"They can call the Humane Society," Stefanski continued. "They can call us. If it needs medical attention, definitely call us."

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