Wake County Animal Shelter Offering Free Adoptions of Longtime Residents

This week, through Sunday, May 7, the Wake County Animal Shelter is waiving adoption fees for all dogs who have been at the shelter for more than twenty-two days. There are currently forty dogs available who meet these criteria. In addition to being free to adopt, the dogs will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated free of charge. 

Living in a shelter is an extremely stressful experience for dogs and often takes a toll both physically and mentally. This is especially true for those who have been in the shelter for an extended period of time. Adopting these dogs can give them a second chance by allowing them to thrive in an environment where they are loved and cared for.

Wake County Commissioner Vickie Adamson hopes that removing cost as a barrier to adoption will help to encourage families to bring home dogs that have been unable to find families, stating, “we understand that adopting a pet is a big decision and can come with expenses. That’s why we want to make it easier for people to save a life.”

One dog, Katara, has been in the shelter for nearly four months, since January of this year. Katara is an American Staffordshire Terrier who loves to play and meet new people. The shelter is full of dogs like Katara in search of forever families, and this week is a perfect opportunity to bring one home.

The shelter is open seven days a week from 12-6 p.m. and is located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive. Those interested in adopting a dog can visit the shelter in person or view the dogs available for adoption online through the shelter’s Pet Adoption Gallery.

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