Homeless cats and dogs at an animal shelter in North Carolina are in need of a safe place to go. On Tuesday, WCNC News reported on the Guilford County Animal Services’ urgent need for foster homes in light of upcoming shelter renovations which begin early next week.
The number of animals in need of someplace to go was impacted by the recent intake of 23 dogs from one man who became overwhelmed by the sheer number of pets in his care. Guilford County Animal Services Director Drew Brinkley explained to My Fox 8, “I think it wasn’t a situation that the owner intended to find themselves in. It reinforces the importance of spay and neutering.”
Foster homes (and adoptions!) are needed because the Department of Agriculture has mandated that the shelter renovate two of the kennel rooms, which means that dozens of homeless pets will be displaced while work is being completed. Fortunately, there has been enough community support that the shelter has indicated that all of the animals who need somewhere to go will be safe. On January 29, the animal shelter updated Facebook followers about the current situation:
There will be no animals euthanized for space as a result of the painting that will begin on Monday. We are working hard to find adoptive homes, foster homes, and rescue placement for animals currently at the shelter; we are also encouraging people who would like to surrender animals to wait to do so until after this work is complete, or try to find rescue placement for their animal.
The shelter added:
We are still needing people to come out to foster and adopt becuase while we got a LOT of animals into temporary housing and adoptive homes yesterday, the animals will still be coming into the shelter while the painting is taking place, but rest assured, we are not euthanizing animals due to lack of space in the adoption rooms, we will find other housing in rooms that do not typically house animals, and will continue to work with rescue groups, and promote fostering and adoptions.
Guilford County Animal Shelter: 4525 W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409. (336-641-3400)
In addition to the Operation Hours:
Owner Surrender Hours are:
Mon-Wed-Thr-Fri 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
If you need to surrender your animal at any other time you may also call Animal Control at 336-641-5990 Mon-Fri 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
(photos via county website and screenshot via Fox 8 News)