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162 Animals Adopted through County Clear the Shelter Event

Aug 19, 2019

The Cumberland County Animal Shelter helped 162 animals find forever homes Saturday, Aug. 17.  Partnering with WRAL and Mix 101.5 for the nationwide Clear the Shelters event, the shelter waived adoption fees for the day, resulting in 99 cats, 61 dogs and 2 guinea pigs being adopted.

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.

Ann Slaton, who adopted an energetic kitten named Toby, said, “I wanted to make a difference and save a life, so we came to the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to find a ‘fur-ever’ friend.”

Dr. April Kelly, 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 non-profit 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.

“Without this event, we would have to put animals down due to lack of space, which is the terrible reality in a lot of shelters.  Instead, we are celebrating and enjoying all the wonderful updates from adopters.”

The Animal Shelter found homes for all dogs, but 12 cats are still available for adoption.

If you were not able to attend Clear the Shelters Aug. 17, you can visit the Animal Shelter during regular adoption hours, 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 shelter, call 910-321-6852. You can see animals available for adoption any time at or the Friends of Cumberland County Shelter Animals Facebook page at