September 2015 Newsletter

Focus on the Wake County Animal Center

The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. They take all animals that are surrendered, stray, brought in by animal control, or involved in animal cruelty cases. Each year between 12,000 and 15,000 animals come through the doors. Most are dogs and cats, but the shelter also takes in rodents, reptiles, farm animals , and even exotic animals like the Patagonian cavy (which is a giant rodent–they only saw one of those).

Fluffer Nutter

Dr. Jennifer Federico is the Director of the Wake County Animal Center. She and two other veterinarians not only spay and neuter pets going out for adoption, they also look after the medical needs of all the animals in the shelter, doing everything they can to keep them healthy and illness-free so they can find new homes.

Through innovative programs and strong partnerships, the shelter has made great progress in how we care for our vulnerable animals. In 2013 the Board of Commissioners appropriated additional capital so the shelter could expand it’s capacity to handle more animals and initiate a more aggressive program for treating sick dogs and cats.


By building a quarantine unit for Canine and Feline Upper Respiratory Infection, the shelter’s euthanasia rates for animals with this infection declined from 715 dogs in 2012 to only one in 2015, and from 1130 cats in 2012 to 4 in 2015. These pets were able to get well and move on to new homes.

Our shelter has won many national awards for innovation, including one for the shelter rounds program, which is a multi-prong approach that includes increased specific enrichment from volunteers, increased marketing for placement in their Foster Program, and increased marketing to transfer partners. Through this program 83% of at risk animals were adopted, placed in foster care, or transferred to rescue partners.


Up for Adoption

Adoption prices at the Wake County shelter are the best anywhere! Dogs that need to be spayed or neutered are available for $95, which includes microchip and all vaccinations. Previously spayed or neutered dogs are $45. Cats are available for $45 or $15, depending on whether or not they have been spayed or neutered. The shelter often runs specials for a $45 adoption fees, so check the website for more information.

Animals that are available for adoption from the Wake County Animal Center can be viewed online at the Center’s Animal Adoption Gallery, including the those pictured in this newsletter with Center Director Dr. Jennifer Frederico.



The shelter is always looking for new volunteers and foster families. Want a canine walking companion? Come to the shelter! They can find a suitable dog that would love to be walked, and you can get fit together. Even if you are not able to have a pet of your own but would like to play with a dog or cat, come on over and you can have a great time with a pet who would love the attention.

Animal Shelter volunteers worked 18,124 hours last year. Because of these community partners, 2624 animals transferred out of the shelter and 1998 animals went to foster homes.

More information

Want to learn more? Check out this video and visit the Center’s web site.

Wake County Animal Center web site:

Follow the Wake County Animal Center on Facebook:

Landfill Dogs, a photographic project featuring overlooked dogs, including Marlon:

Thanks so much,

Caroline Sullivan, Vice Chair, Wake County Commission