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Facing overcrowding, Pender Animal Shelter waiving adoption fees on Tuesday to avoid euthanizing animals

Shelter pushes to clear space in order to avoid euthanizing the shelter's post-Florence influx of pets; one dog, 20 cats remain.

The Pender County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees until 5 p.m. Tuesday as it nears capacity. (Port City Daily photo / Courtesy Pender County Animal Shelter)
The Pender County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees until 5 p.m. Tuesday as it nears capacity. (Port City Daily photo / Courtesy Pender County Animal Shelter)

BURGAW — The Pender County Animal Shelter announced on Facebook yesterday that it was nearing capacity and that its animals were in danger of being euthanized to free up space “for the first time in years.”

The shelter has waived adoption fees until 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The post said that 38 dogs and 51 cats were available for immediate adoption, and that a total of 100 animals were onsite.

Since the post, 32 dogs and 22 cats have been adopted, according to shelter attendant Tabatha Boyett. One dog and 20 cats remain in need of adoption, she said.

“We are drowning in intakes,” the shelter wrote on its Facebook page. “Many of these [animals] survived the flood waters but may not survive the lack of responsible pet ownership here.”

Tomorrow the regular fees will again be applied for all adoptions — $55 for cats and $75 for dogs.

The shelter is located at 3280 New Savannah Rd. in Burgaw and can be reached by phone at (910) 259-1484. 

 

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