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Animal Control Receives $4,366 Grant From PetSmart Charities

Jul 25, 2018

Cumberland County Animal Control has been awarded a $4,366 grant from PetSmart Charities to improve the care of and reduce stress in cats at the shelter.

Animal Control will use the funds to purchase cat portals and privacy curtains for the cages in the holding area of the shelter. Installing portals between pairs of steel cages allows the cages to be doubled in size, which benefits cats by keeping food, bed and litter boxes in a separate area and to allow cleaning and daily care with minimum disruption to the cats. The curtains will provide the cats a place for privacy.

These improvements will help reduce stress levels in the cats by giving them more space and privacy. A reduction in stress can create healthier cats who can then be placed for adoption.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the health and wellbeing of the animals that find themselves at the shelter,” said Elaine Smith, Animal Control Director. “These changes may seem small, but they greatly help our animals and their chances of being adopted.”

For more information about adopting a pet from the Animal Control Shelter, call 910-321-6852 or to see all the

animals available for adoption, visit or the Friends of Cumberland County Shelter Animals Facebook page at

Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Animal Control adoption fee includes the pet’s rabies vaccination, pet privilege license, microchip and spaying or neutering by a local veterinarian.