Wake County Animal Shelter forced to send pets to Charlotte

June 28, 2013 10:04:41 AM PDT
Friday, dozens of animals from the Wake County Animal Shelter were on their way out of town. Because of overcrowding, the shelter had to send some cats and dogs to Charlotte and South Carolina.

For anyone hoping to drop off a pet in Wake, there's a sign posted on the door that says there is a good chance the pet will be euthanized if given up.

The SOS to Wake County volunteers went out Thursday night. The shelter needed volunteers to help drive pets to Charlotte so they wouldn't be killed.

"For me, it's worth it to give these animals a freedom ride and a chance at a second life and a good life," explained volunteer Erica Goff. "Puppies are adorable. Kittens are adorable. They grow up. There's so many seniors being dumped here every day because they don't want to take care of the bills that come with them. They get sick just like people do."

The Wake County Animal Shelter says in the last 12 days they've taken in 550 animals. They range from strays to people giving them up. That's about 40 a day.

"It's a big problem for us this year. It started very early. It started like at the end of April, beginning of May," said Assistant Rescue Coordinator Cindy Lynch."We don't usually get at capacity this early in the year."

The animals will go to various rescue groups in Charlotte. We're told they will have homes no matter what. It's the best the shelter says it could do.

"We are doing our absolute best not to euthanize for space. That's why we're reaching out to our rescues not only out of state, but across the state," said Lynch.

To learn how you can adopt a pet, go to: http://www.wakegov.com/pets/Pages/default.aspx

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