NC no-kill status lags, but more dogs and cats saved today than past - petsitterbank

NC no-kill status lags, but more dogs and cats saved today than past

In 2013, Burlington Animal Services was worlds away from being a “no-kill” shelter.

That year, the Piedmont facility had a 21% save rate, meaning nearly eight out of 10 cats and dogs in the shelter’s care were euthanized.

Since then, the shelter has retooled its approach. It opened a spay and neutering clinic and promoted the practice Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR), which has shown some success in reducing swelling stray populations. Burlington Animal Services also began hosting events like Dog Day Out, where locals could borrow canines for a day, which boosted animals’ exposure for potential adoptions.

“Getting the community involved in what you’re doing with saving pets was just so crucial,” said Jess Arias, the animal services director for the City of Burlington.

In 2018, Burlington Animal Services’ save rate topped 90%, while its intake numbers fell (from 8540 animals in 2007 to 5,650). Then last year, its save rate hit 95%.

Shelters elsewhere in the state have seen similar advances.

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