Vance animal shelter waives all adoption fees thanks to donor's gift

Posted December 2, 2019 7:01 a.m. EST
Updated December 2, 2019 9:59 a.m. EST

— An anonymous donor in Vance County is covering the costs of matching hard-to-adopt dogs and cats with new owners.

According to the Vance County Animal Shelter, more dogs and cats come into the shelter daily than leave it.

"I just looked -- and we have taken in 152 animals this month," said Frankie Nobles from the Vance County Animal Shelter. "Right now we have only one adult dog kennel open."

According to Nobles, some animals are surrendered because a child developed a pet allergy. Other pets end up in the shelter when they get lost or when their owners decide they are too much work.

Other families move away and can't take their pet along.

Nobles said older and bigger pets, like pit bulls, are typically overlooked in shelters and desperately need homes.

"Pitbulls are actually super sweet, loyal dogs," he said.

It's a heartbreaking reality that overcrowding and euthanasia are weekly issues in many North Carolina shelters. To help the crisis, an anonymous animal-loving donor recently came forward to make all pet adoptions free.

"They said, 'We want to help you get them out of your facility,' so they've offered free adoptions," Nobles said. "They'll cover adoption fees."

The adoption fee is $150 for dog and $100 for cats. The money covers the pet's spay and neuter, microchipping and other medical tests and treatments.

The free adoption offer only lasts until Dec. 23.

The Vance County Animal Shelter is located at 1243 Brodie Road in Henderson. The shelter is open Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It's closed Fridays and Sundays.

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