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Animal shelter desperate for volunteers

Posted April 28, 2010

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— The Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center is in desperate need of volunteers.

Calling all volunteers, shelter needs you Calling all volunteers, shelter needs you

"Volunteers are extremely important,” Wake County's Animal Care Director Michael Williams said.

Williams says he could use around 300 volunteers to help with all that needs to be done at the facility. Currently, he has only 40.

The goal is to walk each dog three times a day. Most often, a dog is walked only once because there isn’t anyone available to take the animal outside. The cats also need care.

"It is nice for someone to play with them. Get them out. Brush them. It makes them more social,” volunteer Renee Filippucci-Kotz said.

To make the situation tougher, the county shelter will soon start taking animals for the City of Raleigh.

As many as 6,000 more cats and dogs will be at the facility. That is in addition to 12,000 animals the shelter already expects to see this year. With the extra animals, comes the need for even more helpers.

"People come in and walk dogs, they play with cats, do dishes," Williams said of the ways people can volunteer.

Williams says the work of volunteers helps put animals in good homes. That means less of them will have to be euthanized.

"You always feel really good when you help someone get adopted,” Filippucci-Kotz said.

Williams says getting volunteers is hard because there is no budget to advertise for them. The center is hosting a few volunteer orientation sessions in the coming weeks. The next session is Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m.

The training session lasts approximately 1½ hours. You can RSVP for a session by e-mailing the volunteer coordinator at amy.wladyka@wakegov.com.

The minimum age to volunteer is 18. Individuals 16 years and up may volunteer under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

For more information on adoption and volunteering, go to the Wake County Animal Care, Control & Adoption Center Web site.


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  • estrauch Apr 30, 2010

    I'll say again...
    Of course it is not easy to go into a shelter and see the animals locked in cages waiting to be adopted. Of course it pulls at your heart strings and you want to take them all home. I believe that is the general idea and proves that you are human because you care. That should be enough motivation to want to help in any way you can. This is my thinking....if these animals lives can be improved in the least bit while they are in a shelter waiting to be adopted, then why wouldn't you want to put forth effort to hold a kitten or walk a dog?? You help while you can until they can find a home. And is some cases unfortunately they do have to be put down. They just can't save ALL of the animals. But people who have a heart can foster and help in placing these animals in homes so that their lives aren't taken because there is no room for them.

  • ikeyboy Apr 29, 2010

    knowthefacts: Yes, they euthanize animals. Until two years ago they used the gas chamber. They do not have the staff or volunteer program to take care of the animals they worked hard to take in.

  • NotFromHere Apr 29, 2010

    Every one of you who complains that this and other agencies euthanize animals should go right down and adopt or foster an animal. It is great to sit there and complain about the problem. How about DOING something about the problem. Do something or SHUT UP.

  • knowthefacts Apr 29, 2010

    Does this agency euthanize the animals?

  • Adelinthe Apr 29, 2010

    We shelter animals at our home, mostly strays that wander in, and we love them all dearly.

    But I can't, in good conscience, volunteer at an agency that euthanizes healthy beings.

    Additionally, there's plenty of free advertising available when it comes to volunteering. There's Craigslist for one, and I bet the N&O would do it for free considering their cause and need.

    What they need to find is a good PR agent to handle all these things for them.

    God bless.


  • grayboomerang Apr 29, 2010

    I do my best by fostering and pulling animals. It's heartwrenching to walk through those cages, knowing you can only take one or two out. I just couldn't do it on a regular basis...my hats off to those who can and do volunteer.

    Spaying/neutering IS important.....then you also have those who view animals as trash and just throw them out if godforbid, the old dog starts peeing in the house, or the puppy chews on a rug. Heck, I know of a story in Seattle where rescue was brought in to get a dalmatian because the woman had changed her apartment decor and the dog no longer matched!

    Our society has issues when it comes to understanding the reponsiblity of owning a dog/cat/rabbit/horse, etc.

  • icmfal Apr 29, 2010


    I currently volunteer at Safe Haven for cats and we too are always looking for volunteers - especially for the weekend shifts (sat am and sunday am). My Humble opinion: if your daughter is at least 16 years old, she can volunteer there.


    Safe Haven is one of the rescue organizations that works with Wake County SPCA to take in (when space is available) some of the cats when their time is coming to an end.

  • Mugu Apr 29, 2010

    I wish there weren't so many idiots buying puppies because they are so cute and people of other cultures buying fighting and not teaching them any manners.

    They are the ones who should be volunteering.

  • bronzegoddess40 Apr 29, 2010

    If every unemployed person would go and volunteer when they are not job hunting, they could have enough people and also while helping the dogs and cats, you will be also helping yourself because you could certainly gain some new experience and also a reference.

  • axepack Apr 29, 2010

    My fiance saw this story this morning, we had no idea it was that short-staffed. We both signed up today! (I just need to get in writing that she won't take any home, 2 is enough!)