Fewer animals at shelter thanks to spay and neuter clinic in Alamance Co.

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The Burlington Animal Shelter is seeing fewer animals come through its doors — a trend officials say has continued following the opening of the Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County.

Burlington Animal Services Director Jessica Arias tells FOX8 the shelter is euthanizing fewer animals as a result.

The shelter received 6,284 animals last year which marks a 16 percent drop compared to 2012 and a 22 percent decrease when compared to the previous 5 year average.

The number of animals that were put down fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2012 and by 25 percent in comparison to the previous 5 year average.

The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County opened in 2010 and has since performed more than 4,000 surgeries; key in cutting intake numbers at the shelter where space is limited, Arias says.

Arias, who was named Animal Services Director last December, says it’s an affordable option for the community and people are taking advantage.

In a report released during a Burlington City Council work session in May, Arias highlighted new community partnerships and aggressive pet adoption campaigns as part of the shelter’s success and continued push to find its animals a loving home.

Arias is also currently exploring potential anti-tethering laws to implement in Burlington and ways to replace an intake facility that she says no longer meets recommended industry standards.

Arias will make a presentation on an anti-tethering law to Burlington City Council members in August.

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