SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Animal adoptions through the New Hanover and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Offices have been temporarily suspended as the community hunkers down during the Covid-19 outbreak.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office announced it would halt adoptions April 8. Since the state stay-at-home order went into effect March 30, Lt. Jerry Brewer said adoptions had declined.
Animals being housed at the NHCSO’s are being treated with the “same affection and loved as any household pet,” according to a release. The Animal Services Unit will continue to respond to emergency calls.
With the Brunswick County Sherrif’s Office, there was no real change in adoption numbers, according to spokesperson Emily Flax. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced April 6 it would stop adoptions through May 1. The number of animals being housed at the shelter is “extremely low,” according to BCSO’s post announcing the change, which was enacted to limit contact between staff and the public.
All animals in the shelter and taken in until it reopens will remain available for adoption.