This is an FAQ about the SPCA's Pet Intake Procedures
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All stray and owner-surrendered animals are being taken to the municipal shelter, the Wake County Animal Center, located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh. Phone number: 919-212-PETS.
What is your admissions policy for the relinquishment of owned pets?
The SPCA of Wake County is a no-kill shelter with an Adoption Guarantee program. We do not euthanize pets due to lack of space or length of stay. For this reason, space is at a premium and we are not able to admit all pets at all times. We have a waiting list of both dogs and cats.
I adopted a pet from the SPCA of Wake County but can no longer care for it. What should I do?
Please bring the pet back to us. Adopters are encouraged to return a pet adopted from the SPCA of Wake County back to our shelter in the event that they can no longer care for the animal. Our commitment to the animal is for the life of that pet.
If you choose to rehome the pet yourself, we encourage adopters to be responsible and humane in the steps they take to find a new home for their pet. We can assist with rehoming your pet into a responsible, loving home through our adoption program if you are unable to do so on your own.
For more information please call the SPCA Holding Center at 919-772-3203. We can also assist with behavioral or other issues that might cause you to relinquish your pet.
Does your appointment-based admissions policy result in more homeless animals going to other shelters?Because this transition took place on July 1, 2010, we are still evaluating its success. However, in other communities using this model, the answer is “No.” These model communities have shown that the total number of animals entering the private shelters and municipal shelters actually declines over time.
We believe that the SPCA of Wake County’s focus on providing spay/neuter and pet retention programs to our community will lead to a substantial decline in the overall homeless animal numbers. We also believe that the consolidation of impoundment services will save more animals by eliminating ongoing confusion about where lost pets are sheltered and making it easier and quicker to reunite lost pets and owners. Additionally, the SPCA of Wake County maintains a high-volume transfer program whereby we go to the Wake County Animal Center at least twice a week and transfer animals from them to be placed for adoption. Also, through our outreach, behavior, and education services, we provide resources to pet owners to help them address their pet-related problems to increase the chances of the animal staying in its home.
LOST AND FOUND PETS
Why doesn't the SPCA of Wake County accept large numbers of incoming strays?
The SPCA of Wake County does not admit lost animals directly into its care for two reasons. First, owners who have lost a pet need a central location to find him, and that is their local municipal shelter.
Second, as a private, no-kill agency, we must use our kennel space to save the largest number of lives possible, and strays must be held for a period of time during which they cannot be adopted. When a stray is brought to the SPCA of Wake County, the good Samaritans who found him are directed to the appropriate animal control facility. Thus, if an owner is searching for the pet, he has adequate time under the “stray period” (a mandatory period of time that the pet must be held under state law; in North Carolina the minimum stray hold period is 72 hours) to find him at the government shelter. When the pet’s stray period has ended, we then can transfer the pet to our shelter through our transfer agreements with the government shelters. This policy exists to give stray pets the best chance of being reunited with their families.
Please see more information on Lost and Found Pets here >