How to Adopt a Dog from Wake County Animal Center


Dogs available for adoption wait in their kennels to be walked at Wake County Animal Center in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. As a government-run, open-admission animal shelter, Wake County Animal Center is legally obligated to accept every small pet brought to our door. But as space is tight, the shelter is asking community members for help.

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With the Wake County Animal Center running out of dog space and asking the community for help, you may be looking to adopt.

Here’s how to do it and what you can expect:

You can find more information on what to expect and how to prepare at

This story was originally published June 23, 2022 9:00 a.m.

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Kayla is an intern reporter at The News & Observer’s underground bureau this summer. Originally from Long Island, New York, Kayla is a senior at Brown University, where she studies public policy and previously served as editor of the university’s independent student newspaper. You can reach her at [email protected] or (919) 829-4570.

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