Wake County Animal Center overcapacity; urgent need for adoption dog, cat

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The Wake County Animal Center is asking animal lovers to help out.

The center needs help to give some pets a good life.

Center officials said there were nearly 200 animals staying there, as the center exceeded capacity on the ground over the weekend. Unfortunately, they are running out of space, which marks a critical need for adoptions.

There are only 75 dog kennels and 42 cat places. As of Monday, 110 dogs and 76 cats have been housed at the Raleigh shelter.

If you are interested in adopting, you can see what animals are available in their adoption gallery. You can also visit the facility at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh.

“Like animal shelters across the country, the Wake County Animal Center is experiencing an extremely high volume of pets in need of care,” said Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson. “We have seen a high turnout at recent adoption events, so the community continually answers the call, but we just continue to find strays and see families abandoning their pets every day. We really want the residents of Wake County to know that their support can save lives and enrich theirs.

Since Friday, 108 new animals have arrived at Wake County Animal Center, including:

  • 54 dogs
  • 14 puppies
  • 16 cats
  • 20 kittens
  • a rabbit
  • three rats

The center said that in addition to new arrivals, surrender appointments are full for the next month, adding to the urgency.

From Tuesday, November 1, cats and dogs aged eight and over will be available at a reduced rate. It will cost $25 for an older dog. Those interested in adopting a cat can name their price.