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Wake County Animal Center




You may be familiar with our next organization, especially if you live in Wake County. We welcome back the Wake County Animal Center to Spring Fling.


“The Wake County Animal Center strives to create a humane community for the pets and people that live here.”



The Wake County Animal Center is our open admission, county shelter that receives all of the stray and abandoned pets in Wake County. They take owner surrendered pets (by appointment,) and all found pets. Since they take any animal that comes through the doors, they sometimes end up with animals other than dogs and cats, like chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even birds or reptiles on occasion!


The Wake County Animal Center adopts out over 3,000 animals every year. They work with fosters, volunteers and rescues to re-home as many pets as possible. They also have an adoption center, which welcomes visitors to come and look at the pets on their adoption floor (during adoption floor hours.)


While housing animals, The Wake County Animal Center focuses on these "Five Freedoms"- principles that are relevant to the welfare of any animal species:


"Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to Express Normal Behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.
Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.”

Meeting these Five Freedoms is a part of what it takes to fulfill their mission statement:

MISSION STATEMENT: Determined to make a difference for the animals and citizens of Wake County through adoption, education, enforcement and community partnership.

During the Animal Center's business hours, there are staff available to answer questions regarding finding a lost pet, adopting a pet, if you found a stray and ways to rehome your pet. There are also many great resources and information about all of these on their website.


Check out their website for many resources and news updates like these too:






You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram and see their available pets here:




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