County hits 90 percent adoption rate at shelter
Calling New England home now, this black lab sat for months in the county shelter unwanted in this area before being sent to a new owner in Nantucket, Massachusetts where he happily roams the beaches.
With a national euthanization rate of 56 percent for dogs and 71 percent for cats, data complied by the National Council on Pet Population, an animal shelter with an adoption rate of over 90 percent is nothing to paw at.
In a report recently submitted to the county commissioner’s office - which is considering taking over operations of the local shelter - Pickens County Animal Shelter Director Cindy Wilson reported that of the 292 animals taken in by the shelter since January, just 12 have been euthanized.
“And those animals were either very aggressive and unadoptable, or they had heartworms,” Wilson said. “And now I have a rescue that will take animals with heartworms so that’s not even an issue anymore.”
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