Next week, the Cumberland County Animal Shelter will waive all adoption fees for all pets.
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — From Monday to Saturday, Cumberland County Animal Services is waiving its adoption fee for all dogs.
The facility will need to be cleaned out owing to a state mandated resurfacing of all the floors in kennels for large dogs, according to Animal Services Director Elaine Smith.
According to Smith, some pet owners routinely surrender their animals to the shelter, while others let their animals run loose, increasing the chances of them mating with other animals or becoming lost and being picked up by animal control officers.
According to a database of adoptable pets in Cumberland County, there are roughly 50 pets available for adoption.
Cumberland County Animal Services had the highest intake numbers in the state three years ago. Since then, Smith said, the shelter has created initiatives to prevent feral cats from being brought into the shelter for euthanasia and to help owners find new homes for their pets rather than surrendering them to the shelter.
The shelter took in 6,402 animals in 2021, including 3,372 dogs and 2,694 cats.
She claimed that before Smith became director, the shelter did not have any advertising events. The animals had to be euthanized if the animal shelter became too full.
It's something we don't like to do, she explained.
She stated that it is a common misperception that free canines are employed in criminal or dog fighting rings. Because the dogs at the shelter are spayed, neutered, and microchipped, Smith believes this is unlikely.
Whether it's free or for a fee, we've found the same level of adopters, she said.