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Triangle Shelter Seeks To End Animal Euthanasia

Posted August 22, 2001

— It is a dismal statistic, but of the 50,000 dogs and cats are born in this country everyday, only one in nine will find a home. Here in the Triangle, hundreds of adoptable pets have to be euthanized in shelters because there is simply not enough space to keep them all. But at the Safe Haven for Cats, there is a new effort to change that.

Doug Eader founded the Triangle's only no-kill shelter, and adopts 350 cats and kittens every year.

"These cats will probably live 10, 12, 15 years or even longer in a good, safe, clean home," he says.

But not all cats and dogs are so lucky. Every year, thousands in other shelters are euthanized.

Janet Herzberg, executive director of the Wake County Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals would like to change that. She is part of a new group of animal rights advocates, breeders, vets, and even public officials taking part in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation. They have been meeting to come up with a strategy to reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized in Wake County through an aggressive campaign that includes spaying and neutering.

"We would like to be able to adopt every animal that came into us, but unfortunately right now, that is not the situation. There's just too many out there. The only solution to stem the tide is spaying and neutering to stop the pet overpopulation," says Herzberg.

The task force will also work toward encouraging more adoptions and creating community awareness. Their goal is make Wake a "no-kill county" within five years. Then, every pet that is abandoned or stray will have a chance to find a home.

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