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Shelter turns down money, holds animals for free adoption day

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The Johnston County Animal Shelter advertised available animals on its Facebook page for its “Clear the Shelter” event scheduled Aug. 17 with adoption fees waived.

My thought: Hopefully the animals stand a chance of surviving since the shelter had a 61% euthanization rate in 2017, killing 2,511 cats. Second thought: If a person can’t afford the adoption fee, can he or she afford the animal?

On Aug. 14, two people called to set an appointment during adoption hours for a cat seen on the Facebook page. They were willing to pay the adoption fee but were turned away and told they would have to wait until Saturday.

Is it not a top priority to get these animals into loving homes and bring in funding for the shelter? Will the Smithfield shelter do what the Cumberland County shelter did last month, reporting it was euthanizing 12 cats a day?

A shelter employee responded on the Facebook post that animals advertised for “Clear the Shelter” were being vaccinated and spayed or neutered and would not be ready until the adoption fair date, but plenty of other animals were available.

My response is that the interest was not for any animal. It doesn’t take four days to get an animal ready. No excuse for a shelter that is known to euthanize healthy animals.

North Carolina had one of the highest numbers of animals killed at shelters in 2018. The state killed 55,900 animals, according to a study by Best Friends Animal Society, with a 48.8% cat kill rate.

Donna Allen