290 animals find homes in Clear the Shelter events


National Clear the Shelter Day events in neighboring counties provided 290 area animals with new homes.

Harnett, Johnston, Cumberland, Sampson and Lee counties all participated in the nationwide annual campaign that waived adoption fees at partnering shelters on Saturday.

In Harnett County, the shelter was open for fee-free adoptions on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Tuesday, Aug. 20. The adoption specials will continue there through Saturday. The special waives all regular adoption fees, with the exception of an $18 charge for medicine for the adopted pet.

Harnett County Community Relations Coordinator Ashley Deans said 35 animals had been adopted at the Harnett County Animal Shelter, 16 dogs and 19 cats, as of Tuesday evening. The shelter is closed on Wednesdays.

“The number of animals available for adoption changes on a daily basis,” Deans said. “The animal shelter typically has between 40-50 animals available for adoption on any given day.”

Deans said animals available for adoption can be found on the shelter’s website at www.harnett.org/ac/animals-for-adoption.asp.

The Harnett County Animal Shelter is open for adoptions Thursday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The shelter is located at 1100 McKay Place, Lillington. For more information, call 910-814-2852.

Chuck Lively, at the Johnston County Animal Shelter, said Saturday’s event went perfectly.

“We had one man who camped out all night and 15 to 20 other people waiting in line before we opened the shelter,” Lively said. “We were scheduled to be open until 6 p.m. but we’d adopted all our animals by 1 p.m. and we closed early.”

Lively said 26 dogs and 18 cats were adopted. He said there are currently seven dogs and 18 cats available for adoption.

The Johnston County Animal Shelter is located at 115 Shelter Way, Smithfield. For more information, call 919-934-8474.

In Sampson County, 49 pets, including 15 cats and 34 dogs, found new homes.

“It went real well,” said Sampson County Animal Control Shelter Director Anna Ellis. “We had a good turnout, and we were pleased.”

Ellis said there were seven dogs left, plus another 15to 20 dogs animal control dropped off on Monday. The shelter also has seven cats still up for adoption.

The Sampson County Animal Shelter is located at 80 County Complex Road, Clinton. For more information call, 910-592-8493.

The Cumberland County Animal Shelter was able to provide forever homes to 99 cats, 61 dogs and two guinea pigs.

With the help of 22 animal control staff members and 30 volunteers, more than 550 people were able to walk through the shelter and see the available animals on Saturday.

Dr. April Kelly, an animal control staff veterinarian, met with adopters to answer questions about the animals and provided information on heartworms, fleas, ticks and other pet health topics. The nonprofit group Friends of the Cumberland County Animal Shelter provided adopters with gift bags with pet-related items.

“This was our second year participating in Clear the Shelters, and it was even more successful than last year. We want to thank everyone for coming out to see our dogs and cats,” said Cumberland County Animal Control Director Elaine Smith. Last year, 119 pets were adopted. This year, it was 162.

The animal shelter found homes for all of its dogs, but 12 cats are still available for adoption.

Regular adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information about adopting a pet from the Cumberland County shelter, call 910-321-6852. The shelter is located at 704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville.


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