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  • hedgy_one Oct 4, 4:12 p.m.

    This sounds like good news! Now, we have to encourage people to adopt from the shelter instead of buying from "puppy farms" and cat breeders!

  • ldestefano63 Oct 4, 1:19 p.m.

    About time they addressed this ! Glad to know they got someone with a brain and a heart. Let's hope she continues on and it just gets better and better and maybe some of these other counties will pick up on it. The horror stories I hear from my rescue friends are horrendous and more needs to be done, like responsible pet owners to start

  • chattycat Oct 4, 12:48 p.m.

    @catwoman - I am with you on this. URI's are easy to treat in most cases and if a rescue is willing to take an animal out of the cty shelter then they should be able to and at NO COST! The fact that the county will not have to euthanize will save them money.

  • americaneel Oct 4, 12:26 p.m.

    catwoman1...wah wah wah

  • catwoman1 Oct 4, 12:20 p.m.

    and what about cats? Do you want to tell the public how you euthanized a Siamese/tabby within a few hours due to a URI? A director of one of our local rescues called and was going to pull this cat, ya just couldn't wait til she could get there. Do NOT give me the excuse that you have no isolation units..that's a lie and you know it. I volunteer for a rescue group who recieves NO funding other than donations. We have ISO areas and ccats with URIs are TREATED not euthanized. God forbid. Three of my furbabies had URI's when I got them..Clavamox is not that expensive.

  • hollylama Oct 4, 11:41 a.m.

    "Jennifer Federico is the first director of the Wake County Animal Center who is also a veterinarian."

    Wow...hiring a veterinarian to care for animals. Ingenius! What were the qualifications of the other directors?

  • kimsstressed Oct 4, 11:16 a.m.

    Wonderful news.... But not all counties in NC receive the funding that would allow them to do this.. Wondering if some of our less funded counties could pool together and hire a vet to divide their time between the County shelters and provide the same care... I have 4 shelter pets and wouldn't trade them for the world, they are SO awesome, but it's so disheartening to know how many animals are euthanized annually, partly because of minor health aliments that could be cured under a vet's care... A step in the right direction!!

  • exador7 Oct 4, 10:44 a.m.

    Cudos lady. Great work... Animals are deserving creatures. Humans are dangerous.

  • carlostheass Oct 4, 10:30 a.m.

    Wonderful news! Welcome, Dr. Federico!

  • JKKC Oct 4, 10:13 a.m.

    http://www.wakegov.com/pets/Pages/default.aspx

    (talk is cheap, help them out if you can)

  • madamwuf Oct 4, 10:12 a.m.

    It should become common practice at this point for WRAL articles to point out that the Wake County shelter and the Wake SPCA shelter are *not* the same thing and use two completely different sets of adoption qualification practices.

    I'm really excited to see the great changes coming for the shelter!

  • dixiesherman Oct 4, 9:58 a.m.

    This is wonderful!!!! I am so glad Dr. Federico is making such a difference in the lives of these animals. What a wonderful change this is. Thank you Dr. Federico.

  • AllieS Oct 4, 9:43 a.m.

    I know Dr. Federico personally, and I'm happy to say that her passion for the well-being of animals is genuine. Those of us in Wake County are so lucky to have her!

  • Bewitched Oct 4, 9:32 a.m.

    This is wonderful news!

  • Obamacare prevails Oct 4, 9:13 a.m.

    God bless this woman. We need more people like her.

  • savannahn8v Oct 4, 9:09 a.m.

    Excellent!!!! Glad to have Dr. Federico!

  • stwatson Oct 4, 9:00 a.m.

    I had the fortunate experience of having Dr. Federico as my vet and she was absolutely outstanding. Glad to see shes looking to make a difference in larger avenues.

  • SummerlovinWinterhater Oct 4, 8:46 a.m.

    Pumpkin Patch (now known as Calla Rae) is doing great in Foster Care!!!

  • davidgnews Oct 4, 8:34 a.m.

    This is great news. We got our last cat from there after the SPCA determined that 'we weren't qualified' since we had an outdoor cat. ("It wouldn't be fair to the new one having to stay indoors...")

    Say what? I've been owned by cats for almost 40 years! SPCA won't ever get any more business from us.

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 8:30 a.m.

    And I'm a bit surprised that she is the FIRST vet to be in this position. I think that if one is charged with running an animal shelter being a vet should be at the top of the requirements. This is huge for the animals AND the staff

  • proud-bleeding-heart Oct 4, 8:22 a.m.

    "How we treat animals is a direct reflection of how we treat each other! WE must do better at both!"

    SOOOO true!!

  • lfields2 Oct 4, 8:21 a.m.

    Kudos to you Jennifer, this is so awesome to read about.

  • Scubagirl Oct 4, 8:19 a.m.

    This all sounds great for the animals. Hopefully she CAN turn things around there.

  • bonelady Oct 4, 8:19 a.m.

    Kudos to the staff and Dr. Federico! How we treat animals is a direct reflection of how we treat each other! WE must do better at both!

  • maduda Oct 4, 8:18 a.m.

    Welcome! This sounds like a fresh outlook, and also a person who won't throw her staff under the bus to make herself look better in the public eye. I see genuine care in this instead of politics.

  • chattycat Oct 4, 8:10 a.m.

    Kudos to Jennifer. Positive change and someone who cares! Thank you Jennifer!!

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