Charleston County opens pet friendly shelter for Irma evacuees

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County opened two shelters Sunday for Irma evacuees.

A pet friendly shelter was opened at 3765 Leeds Avenue in North Charleston.

By late afternoon it was more than half filled, so a second shelter was opened at 3841 Leeds Avenue.

Sharon Wright left her downtown apartment to come to a shelter.

"I'm in a low zone area and matter of fact right now it's already starting to flood downtown, so my best interest was to get out instead of getting stuck," Wright said.

Timothy Fullwood is a homeless veteran.

Fullwood came to the shelter because he has no other place to go.

"I don't have no place to put my stuff. I don't have any medicine. It's hard to walk and stand and sit," Fullwood said.

There was plenty of room for pets.

By late afternoon there were only four.

There was a cat in one room and three dogs in another room.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife Sandy stopped by to see how things were going.

Tecklenburg said he was encouraged that people were taking advantage of the shelters.

"It's filling up so there was a need there for it and we recognize that and again thankful to the county and the Red Cross and to the media for helping us get the word out," Tecklenburg said.

People who come to the shelters are being asked to bring pillows, blankets and medications.

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