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November 01
​Senior Pet Adoption Special Begins Amid Shelter Space Shortage

Fees Reduced in November for Older Animals

As animals grow older and their snouts turn white, their personalities often mellow and they look toward humans for more love and affection than ever. Yet, when senior pets find themselves in shelter care, they often spend months hoping for a new home, as adopters are quick to pick puppies and kittens over more mature animals.

adopt-a-senior-pet-2.jpgIn November, we encourage animal lovers to open their hearts and homes to these distinguished dogs and cats during the Adopt A Senior Pet special at the Wake County Animal Center.

All month long, fees are reduced to adopt pets ages 8 and older. The cost is $25 for dogs, and you can name your price for cats.

“These older animals still have so much love to give, and they just need someone to give them a second chance,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center. “Mature pets have already settled into their personalities, and many are already housetrained and may even know a few tricks.”

That experience makes senior pets perfect for people who are looking for a loving companion, but may not have the time or resources to train a kitten or puppy.

Animal Center at Capacity
This year, Adopt A Senior Pet month comes as the Wake County Animal Center has recently called upon the community to help free up space at the shelter.

With more than 270 animals currently in Wake County’s care, the animal center is nearing capacity and quickly running out of room. On Wednesday, the shelter sent out a plea for the public to adopt animals to free up space at the shelter.

The Wake County Animal Center has not been forced to euthanize animals for space in more than three years, and is calling on the community to help keep that streak going.

Ready to adopt? Visit pets.wakegov.com to view a gallery of animals currently available for adoption.

About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County in Raleigh. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.

To learn more about the Wake County Animal Center and animals available for adoption, visit wakegov.com/pets, and follow the center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovPets.

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