Nearing capacity, Wake County Animal Center pleads for adoptions

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — The Wake County Animal Center’s six-year record of not having to euthanize animals due to lack of space is in jeopardy, according to a news release sent Thursday.

The shelter said there were only a few pets to its capacity on its adoption floor. He has over 75 dogs available for adoption and over 60 live at the animal center. Among them, 37 have been awaiting adoption for more than two weeks.

“We desperately need our community to come out and adopt these dogs,” said Dr. Jennifer Frederico, Wake County Animal Services Director. “We haven’t had to euthanize our animals for space since 2016, and we are very concerned. One animal euthanized for space is one animal too many!

The Wake County Animal Center said it is the only open-admission shelter in the county that does not refuse animals. Last year, he took in more than 8,000 animals, adopted more than 3,400, placed more than 2,300 in partner groups and found foster families for 1,700.

Anyone interested in adopting a pet can browse the shelter’s gallery or visit between noon and 6 p.m. any day of the week. The Wake County Animal Center is located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh.

Benjamin M. Yerger