More adoptions, expansion planned at Stokes County Animal Shelter

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. --- In the past year adoption rates have doubled at the Stokes County Animal Shelter and staff credit the success to using Facebook to promote adoptable animals.

"It's just amazing. It's been wonderful," says Sarah Johnson who started the page more than a year ago.

More people have been rushing to adopt, since Johnson started posting how long a shelter animal has to live.

"I think people need to realize that they are not here long-term, we don't have the room for it."

Like many small county animal shelters, Stokes County doesn't have the room or resources to deal with the large population of unwanted pets.

The facility only has 12 runs for dogs and 12 crates for cats.

Shelter workers say most unwanted animals that end up in shelters are due to owners not spaying and neutering their pets.

"We just had to take a look at who had been here to longest and put a date on when they had to go because they are constantly coming in," Johnson said.

The increase in adoptions has also brought attention to the aging shelter.

"The shelter is obsolete. It was great when it was new but now its obsolete," says Dr. Deborah Cowan who heads the shelter advisory board.

In the past year they've seen an increase in donations for a new shelter while people also donate material to help improve the current facility.

"Little by little more and more people seem to be stepping up."

In the next several weeks a new cat adoption room and outdoor runs are being installed.

The outdoor runs will help with sanitation problems and outbreaks which have plagued the small enclosed facility.

Fundraising is already underway for a new shelter which will be discussed at the shelter advisory board's next meeting scheduled for February 12 at 7pm at the Ronald Reagan Building in Danbury.

For more information call 336-591-8250

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