Euthanizations down as animal shelter makes improvements | Pets
GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The Gaston County animal shelter has been criticized for the past several years.
It has been overcrowded with animals and in turn, has had to euthanize animals brought to the shelter after three days. But now, the shelter has made big changes.
Shelter officials say they saw 30% fewer euthanizations in 2010 than in 2009. The biggest change involves a financial incentive.
If you get your pet spayed or neutered you can pay a lower licensing fee every year.
Shelter officials think the move has cut down on the number of animals that come into the shelter.
Adoptions have increased by 50 percent, according to Reggie Horton, administrator of the Gaston County Animal Shelter.
"The efforts that are being put in are really paying dividends in terms of animal placement," said Horton.
Horton says previously, animals with health or temperament issues could only be adopted by rescue groups. Now, anyone can adopt them as long as they sign a waiver form.