Wake County Animal Shelter is full, calls for dog adoption


Twinkle Toes is 6 and a half years old. She’s ready to be adopted from the Wake County Animal Shelter and is “excited to meet anyone who comes by.” “She is a character and will keep you laughing and entertained all day long. To add to her charm, she is clean and smart,” writes the shelter.

If you’re looking to adopt a dog, Wake County says now is the best time.

The Wake County Animal Center is full and encouraging people to adopt dogs this week from the shelter to help ease the load.

Otherwise, some dogs will need to be euthanized if capacity remains full, the county said in a news release Tuesday.

Dogs for adoption can be viewed online at pets.wakegov.comand the county encourages those who cannot adopt a dog at this time to share profiles of shelter dogs to help them find homes.

There are dozens of dogs on the shelter’s website Tuesday afternoon. Cat rooms on the adoption floor are not full, Jennifer Federico, director of animal services for Wake County.

Federico said owner-abandoned pets “unfortunately” make up 25-30% of the shelter’s overall intake.

“Not all of these animals are adoptable and placed on our adoption floor,” Federico said in an email. “Some are only available to transfer partners due to medical/behavioural issues – and some of them are euthanized when we can’t find a rescue to engage them and don’t have the space to continue to retain them.

“That’s one reason we want owners to do everything they can first to place their pet they’ve had in their family and know the best,” Federico said.

The number of animals euthanized by Wake County has decreased in recent years. In fiscal year 2021, there were 769 animals. This is compared to 1,273 in 2020 and 2,268 in 2019.

The animal shelter has a capacity of 85 kennels in the five dog rooms on the public adoption floor, according to Federico. Non-public dog rooms have a limit of 75 kennels, which are for dogs with medical conditions or who are quarantined.

Some animals in those cases were owner-requested euthanasia, injured wild animals or carriers of rabies, bitten animals, or animals with major medical issues that would not be ready for adoption or release, Federico said.

The shelter is located in east Raleigh at 820 Beacon Lake Parkway.

Pupper is 1 year and 1 month old and is up for adoption from the Wake County Animal Shelter. Pupper is described as “friendly, affectionate, and I’d rather cuddle than be alone.” The Wake County Animal Center is full and encouraging people to adopt dogs this week from the shelter to help ease the load. Wake County Animal Shelter

Tips for Finding Homes for Stray Dogs

The Wake County Animal Center offered the following advice to the public:

If you come across a stray dog, please try to find the owner before bringing the dog back to the shelter. You can have a local veterinarian look for a microchip and also post the pet to NextDoor, TrianglelLostPets.org, or a local Facebook group.

Pet owners who need to rehom their pets should do so themselves by posting online, asking friends and family, or possibly returning the pet to the place or person who relocated it. obtained. The Wake County Animal Center only accepts pet owners by appointment so the space can be managed at the shelter.

“We do not want to euthanize for space, and this appeal is to raise awareness in our community of the urgent need,” the shelter said in an emailed statement. “Every stray animal you help find the owner and every animal you own and place yourself will help save the life of an animal already at the shelter. There are only a limited number of kennels and we need YOUR help.


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This story was originally published June 21, 2022 4:03 p.m.

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Aaron Sánchez-Guerra is a breaking news reporter for The News & Observer and previously covered business and real estate for the newspaper. His experience includes reporting for WLRN Public Media in Miami and as a freelance journalist in Raleigh and Charlotte covering Latin American communities. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, a native Spanish speaker, and was born in Mexico. You can follow his work on Twitter at @aaronsguerra.