New adoption van brings Cumberland County dogs and cats out of shelter :: WRAL.com
Fayetteville, North Carolina – Cumberland County Animal Services has a new mobile adoption van designed to help cats and dogs get out of the shelter and find a home.
Fayetteville Observer reports the department received a bespoke van designed by manufacturing company Summit Bodyworks. The vehicle can accommodate up to 21 dogs or cats, depending on their size, for offsite adoption events where potential adopters can walk around the mobile center and see available animals. In most cases, the animals will be able to go to their new home the same day.
“We’re just thrilled because it’s a great way to transport animals safely. It’s more comfortable for our staff. It’s also heated and air conditioned, ”said Elaine Smith, Cumberland County Animal Services Manager.
The van was funded through a grant program from the Stanton Foundation, which supports municipal shelters across the country in their efforts to adopt more dogs. The van features a colorful exterior graphics set designed by county staff to help promote pet adoption and the county animal shelter.
The van will also assist in special circumstances, such as disaster evacuations, large animal cruelty cases and partnering with other agencies to transport animals to rescues in other areas to free up from space in shelters.
During COVID-19, the Cumberland County Animal Shelter, located at 4704 Corporation Drive, accepts in-person adoptions by appointment only. You can view a gallery of adoptable animals online or call 910-321-6852 to make an appointment.
In 2019, WRAL learned that a total of 3,241 dogs and cats were euthanized at the Fayetteville shelter because there simply isn’t enough room to contain all of the stray animals. Many other counties in North Carolina have the same problem.
According to Smith, the Cumberland County shelter is home to more animals than almost any other shelter in North Carolina – around 11,000 animals each year. It can only hold 300 animals at a time. Even with the help of foster families, volunteers and rescue groups, there is not enough space to house all the stray animals.
“What people don’t understand is that we literally don’t have a choice,” Smith said. “I have no choice when I have 20 dogs arriving and I have no empty cages or kennels. I have to make room. If that means out of the 20, I can adopt 10. , fantastic. If I can get five to save, great. Maybe two go back to their owners. That leaves me with three more dogs that we may have to euthanize. “
The decision to euthanize a dog or cat is heartbreaking for his staff, Smith said.
“People say, ‘Just don’t kill them,’” Smith said. “I would love that, but it’s not an option for me. What we would end up doing is putting two or three animals in a kennel or crating the halls with a cramped animal – we are not allowed to do that by law. Others say, “Just let them go.” But we can’t just let go of an animal and it will suffer a curse – it could starve or be killed. hit by a car. So the only thing we can do that is at least painless for the animal is euthanasia. “
Smith hopes that with volunteers, adoption, and resources like the mobile adoption center, more animals can be saved in the years to come.