9Cumberland County Animal Services is participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelters campaign through Aug. 31. The Animal Shelter is currently at capacity and adoption fees are being waived during the entire month of August.

This is the ninth year Animal Services is partnering with WRAL TV-5 to help find as many forever homes as possible for animals at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. Adopted pets receive a rabies vaccination, deworming, flea treatment, combo vaccine, microchip, heartworm test (dogs only) and a spay or neuter operation. Pet adoption fees are normally $100 for dogs and $70 for cats with these included services.

“At this time of year, our shelter is very full, so we are excited to be able to offer free adoptions throughout the month of August,” said Cumberland County Animal Services Director Elaine Smith.

“Hopefully we will be able to ‘clear’ our shelter and find all of our wonderful dogs and cats, puppies and kittens loving forever homes,” she said.

Animal Services is open for adoptions from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Anyone wishing to adopt must have photo identification and be at least 18 years old. All adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis and up to two pets may be adopted per household.

The nationwide Clear the Shelters event is sponsored by NBC and local affiliate WRAL TV-5.

Since its 2015 inception, Clear the Shelters has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes. The 2022 campaign established a new single-year record with more than 161,000 adoptions, while also raising more than $540,000.

In addition to adopting animals free of charge from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter, citizens can help save more animals by donating to the Clear the Shelters Fund at ClearTheSheltersFund.org.
Animal Services is located at 4704 Corporation Drive in Fayetteville.

For more information about Cumberland County Animal Services, go to www.cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/animal-services-group or call 910-321-6852.

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