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Cabarrus County Animal Shelter aims for accessibility in 2018

Shelter staff place dog with rescue organization

Dec. 29, 2017 – The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office hopes that new approaches to community outreach at the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter (244 Betsy Carpenter Place, Concord) will support an upward trend in animal placements.

Beginning January 2, the animal shelter, which is managed by the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, will offer extended hours for limited services, including public adoptions, reclaiming of lost pets and rescue partner transfers.

The new hours are:

Monday-Wednesday: Noon-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-6:30 p.m.
Friday: Noon-4:30 p.m.
First Saturday of each month: Noon-3 p.m.
All other Saturdays: CLOSED
Sundays: CLOSED

Administrators believe the new hours will allow people to come visit without having to take off from work, giving more time to leisurely visit with the animals. They also expect the extended hours will give pet owners more opportunity to reclaim lost pets and offer rescue partners, who often work normal business hours, time to pick up animals in need of transfer.

The animal shelter also recently began administering a Facebook page, @CabCoAnimalShelter. Visitors can browse pets in the animal shelter’s custody, learn about events and follow important messages about shelter operations.

“Improved public outreach and extended hours will reduce obstacles and make more adoptions, reunions and rescues possible,” said Shelter Manager Julianne Vetere.

The new tools complement an improved animal shelter website, created in 2016, that allows visitors to view photos of pets as they are made available for adoption or rescue, and missing pets upon intake.

The animal shelter is closed on January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. From January 2-19, the animal shelter facility will undergo a kennel remodel. While construction is underway, shelter staff will suspend owner surrenders. Beginning January 22, owners may once again surrender animals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment, only. No other services are impacted by the renovation.

Cabarrus County Animal Shelter adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $90 for cats. For more information on the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter, visit www.cabarruscounty.us/pets , Facebook @CabCoAnimalShelter or call 704-920-3288. Those in need of assistance with stray animals should contact the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3000.

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