The Vance Animal Shelter is almost full


June 15 – HENDERSON – The Vance County Animal Shelter is out of space. And it is approaching the crisis level.

“We’re busy on our dog walks,” said Frankie Nobles, director of Vance County animal services.

The problem was created by “a lot of surrenders — some strays, but most surrenders,” he said.

He and his staff are exploring ways to reduce the dog population at the shelter by “trying to get some rescues.”

They haven’t been forced to euthanize dogs during the current overcrowding, Nobles said, but “it’s running out.”

Though the current Vance County Animal Shelter, which opened in October 2016, has more space than the previous facility, it’s struggling to keep up with the rising population of adoptable dogs.

The Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, a local nonprofit founded in 2011, works closely with the Vance County Animal Shelter to find homes for pets. But despite this collaboration and private adoptions, the shelter is nearing capacity.

For anyone looking to rescue a pet dog, now is the time.

Nobles encourages prospective dog owners to visit the shelter at 1243 Brodie Road to view the variety of dogs available. The shelter is open Monday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday to Thursday from 10am to 2pm and Saturday from 8am to 12pm. Contact the shelter at 252-492-3136.

“We’re hoping to get some adoptions,” Nobles said.


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