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Wake animal shelter to transfer pets due to overcrowding

Posted June 28, 2013

— The Wake County Animal Shelter will transfer at least 23 animals to the Greater Charlotte SPCA Friday morning due to overcrowding, according to an employee at the center. 

A sign on the Wake County facility's door Thursday warned the public that surrendered animals would face an "extremely high" chance of being euthanized. 

Cindy Lynch, an employee of the Wake County Animal Shelter who is coordinating Friday's transfer, said 13 dogs and 10 kittens will be taken to Charlotte. Another dog will be taken a rescue facility in Winston-Salem.

Located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, the Wake County Animal Shelter is open noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week.


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  • They call me CATMAN Jul 1, 2013

    I volunteer with an Animal rescue Group the sad fact during these tough economic times people are returning their animals faster then adopting them out. Please look toward your Shelter or a rescue group to adopt before you go to a breeder. Also keep in mind taking care of your animals can be expensive so please make sure you are able to take care of your pet before you adopt.

  • borealis1 Jun 28, 2013

    Kudos to anyone in shelter work. Our community is behind in animal rescue. I was glad to see the information on TNR from kpparker. We need more of that. Mercerstacie there is a spca here. They do alot with dog mills. Your question is logical. Why is Charlotte coming here for shelter cats and dogs? The city spca ought to be working with the pound. Have not seen them mentioned in this. Don't you think they would help save these pets from getting killed.?

  • silkesmom Jun 28, 2013

    It is really too bad that the WRAL web site allows free advertising for all the back yard puppy breeders. This encourages over breeding. While anyone can post pets for sale on Craig's List, the community can flag the ads when they are in violation of the rules.

  • mercerstacie Jun 28, 2013

    Don't we have a SPCA here in Wake County? It is great that a group came from 3 hours away to support the county shelter, but did the Garner SPCA provide any assistance? If they did, they need coverage too. If they didn't, they need to step up.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jun 28, 2013

    LOL! That sign is, for lack of a better word, FUNNY! Do they REALLY think that people who "surrender" their pets CARE if they are KILLED? Not put to sleep. Not put down. Not euthanized. KILLED! Of course not.

    The most important thing is just getting rid of the animal. Who cares!

    Very sad!

  • outhousecat Jun 28, 2013

    I'm so HAPPY to see all the responses to the poster with the feral cat problem. Feral kitties are so cool. Once they are neutered and vaccinated, they are fun to watch and when you gain one's trust, you know you've done something special.

    I fully support TNR. I hope our state will get board with that.

  • clutebe Jun 28, 2013

    There are organizations that will come and capture your feral cats and spay/neuter them. I'm not sure if there is a fee or not, but it's better than the alternative. If you go to the Independent Animal Rescue site - http://www.animalrescue.net/ you can look and see how their feral programs work. I foster dogs, and it's so sad to see how many are looking at forever homes, so I hope you can get your feral cats caught and spayed/neutered. Best of luck.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jun 28, 2013

    My wife and I adopted 5 ferals last summer. They were spayed/neutered/vaccinated and have the tell-tale clipped left ear.

    We used to have a couple of outdoor cats but not for a year or so. The mouse/vole etc numbers got out of control but now they are in check again.

    Our adopted ferals are very friendly (even started coming indoors) - it takes patience but it can be done.

  • kpparker Jun 28, 2013

    If you have feral cats and need to find out about TNR as a solution, please call the Wake TNR helpline at 919-743-2287. The county helped local cat advocates set up this line, which is staffed by volunteers. If you live in Cary, the number to call is 919-378-1867.

  • NCishome Jun 28, 2013

    All of our dogs WOULD have been dogs that were to be placed in a shelter.
    Ewok - Long hair sheepdog - lived to be 17yrs old (he was a puppy that needed a home)
    Austin - Australina Shepard - lived to be 16yrs old (was purchased at a flea market. The young couple then realized that they could not take care of a dog that loved to chew and run. A home was looked for because they were going to sell him, then it came down to just being able to find him a loving home).
    Trace - Mixed hound - picked up on the side of busy highway. I could not stand the thought of her being run over by the cars speeding down the road.
    Henry - Boxer mix - puppy that needed a home.
    Sugar - Black Lab - my Moms dog from a shelter. Mom has since been placed in a facility, did not have the heart to send her back to a shelter.

    If I had the room and could afford the medical care to keep them happy, I would have more dogs. Now, my other half just might decided to put me in the dog house if I brought any more ho