Wake County Makes Urgent Plea for Pet Adoptions as Animal Center Nears Capacity

For six years, the Wake County Animal Center has avoided having to euthanize any animals because of lack of space. Now, that record is in danger, as the center is only a few pets away from capacity on the adoption floor.

Right now, more than 75 dogs are available for adoption, with more than 60 living at the Animal Center and another 15 staying with foster families.  Thirty-seven of those dogs have been waiting for adoption for more than two weeks. The capacity for dogs living at the center is 75 and pets continually come to the shelter each day.

“We desperately need our community to come and adopt these dogs,” pleaded Dr. Jennifer Frederico, Wake County Animal Services Director. “We haven’t had to euthanize our animals for space since 2016, and  we are very worried. One animal euthanized for space is one animal too many!”

The Wake County Animal Center is the only open admission shelter in Wake County that never turns away animals, including stray, abandoned and surrendered pets. The shelter treats and re-homes thousands of homeless animals every year. In 2021, the center took in more than 8,000 animals, adopted out over 3,400, placed over 2,300 animals with partner groups, and found foster families for another 1,700!

“If people do plan on giving up their pets to the shelter, we ask to wait until the shelter isn’t so full,” said Vickie Adamson, Wake County Commissioner. “We need our adoptions to keep up with the intake. We encourage dog lovers to visit. Adoptions are available seven days a week. Our staff is here to help you choose a pet who is truly a good match for your family.”

The Wake County Animal Center makes finding the perfect pet easy. Our staff shares lots of information about each pet’s unique personality and behaviors and can pair you up with the perfect pet.

Ready to adopt? Check out our adoption gallery or come by and see the sweet faces for yourself! The shelter is open for adoptions daily from noon to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The Wake County Animal Center is located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, near the intersection of I-440 and New Bern Avenue in Raleigh.

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