SAVE A LIFE: Rescue dog Toby (with owner Kim Glenn) is a service dog at the Boathouse of New Bern. (Photo: Wendy Card)
There are millions of pets in need of homes across the country and the state of North Carolina; New Bern alone has a huge number of animals in need of adoption. Two great places to start? The Colonial Capital Humane Society (CCHS) or the Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center (CPASC).
The Colonial Capital Humane Society only accepts previously owned pets. Leslie Geiter, President of the CCHS, introduced Thea Kincaid and me to 67 cats at their no-kill cat shelter.
After getting over the initial shock of so many cats, we toured the indoor and enclosed outdoor living facilities and were very impressed to see the nice home the cats occupy while waiting for adoption. The cats seemed to be enjoying their toys, playing with each other and climbing on structures built by the wonderful volunteer force behind the CCHS.
The no-kill cat shelter is cleaned and maintained by dedicated and hardworking volunteers. The cats are fed and given clean water, their litter boxes are cleaned and the shelter is mopped twice a day.
Visit the CCHS website to see cats and dogs that are available for adoption. They are always looking for volunteers and donations. For more information, call 252-633-0146.
The Craven Pamlico Animal Services Center receives strays and animals that the Humane Society and other area rescue groups don't have room for.
Last year, the CPASC received on average 150 animals per week. That's a staggering 7,800 animals per year which is close to a third of New Bern's population! I didn't ask how many were euthanized; I didn't want to know.
Visit the Animal Services Center online to see the large variety of dogs and cats available and to learn more about pet adoption. They are in need of volunteers and always accept monetary or material donations. For more information, call 252-637-4606.
Prior to adopting a dog or cat, consider it a lifetime commitment. If you decide to adopt, be responsible. Make sure you have enough money to spay/neuter, feed and pay for your pet's veterinarian bills. Also, consider the time you may need to train them. These are only a few things to think about so the animal doesn't end up back in the animal shelter.
Local success story
Boathouse of New Bern owner, Kim Glenn, adopted Toby as a service dog for her shop. Toby was one of the many rescue dogs that graduated from the New Leash on Life Program where dogs are trained by inmates at the Craven Correctional Institution.
Please consider adopting an animal. All of mine have been rescue dogs, and although they weren't purebreds, they had lots of character. I saved their lives, and with their unconditional love, protection and companionship — they saved mine.
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