Animal programs

Cumberland County Animal Services saves over 70% of animals in 2021

Cumberland County Animal Services announced that it has made significant progress in helping animals in Cumberland County over the past decade.

In 2012, ten years ago, the shelter was only able to save 10% of cats and 44% of dogs entering the facility. In 2021, the department rescued over 60% of cats and 84% of dogs.

Some of the services that helped increase the number of rescued animals included microchip scanners, adoption, and the Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return program.

“We have made great strides in ensuring more animals are adopted from our shelter and building relationships with dozens of animal rescue groups to enable them to take animals from our shelter for placement,” said Elaine Smith, Director of Animal Services.

Thanks to microchip scanners, many lost animals could be reunited with their owners without having to be admitted to the animal shelter.

Adoptions have also increased over the past four years due to many events, both at the shelter and in the community. Adoption fees have also been reduced, helping to get more animals adopted.

The Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return program, implemented in 2019, has sterilized nearly 1,800 cats. Animal Services says this has helped prevent more than 11,500 kittens from entering the community. Residents can trap feral cats and bring them to the shelter, where the cats are spayed and vaccinated before being returned to where they were trapped.

“We need people in the community to help us by adopting pets, reporting animal abuse and volunteering at our shelter,” Smith added. “It’s not something we can do alone.”

Animal Services is hosting a mobile adoption event on Saturday March 5th at the Petsmart in Ramsey Street. The event will start at 10 a.m.

To view animals available for adoption and to learn more about Cumberland County Animal Services volunteer opportunities, visit cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/animal-services-group/animal-services or call 910-321-6852.