Record number of Wake County pets find homes for the holidays

January 11, 2019
: Samson, a nearly 11-year-old shepherd, was one of more than 100 pets who found a Home for the Holidays during this year's adoption special at the Wake County Animal Center.

Wake County officials shared some great news on Thursday -- although the need for adoption is constant, a record number of once-homeless animals found new owners over the holiday season.

According to a press release from the county, more than 100 cats and dogs found new homes before Jan. 1 thanks to a record-setting number of adoptions.

In December, the Wake County Animal Center announced a holiday adoption special, offering $25 adoption fees for dogs and pay-what-you-can donations for cats. The plan -- to help animals find a loving home for the holidays -- worked.

Officials said, the week before Christmas, adopters took home 67 dogs and 42 cats from the Wake County Animal Center at reduced fees. That’s twice as many cats and nearly twice as many dogs than were adopted during the same period in 2017.

“That’s huge, because we have a constant flow of pets coming in,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center.

“Those adoptions freed up space for 109 new animals at the shelter, and that’s 109 happy families who have new pets to love and play with.”

A gallery of adoptable dogs and cats is available online.

The Wake County Animal Center is located in east Raleigh near Sunnybrook Road and and New Bern Avenue.

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