JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Stray animals in Onslow County will soon have more room at the local animal shelter as they seek to expand their development.
From 2013 to 2014, Onslow County Animal Services adoptions have increased thirty-three percent and euthanasia rates have decreased by about 10.5 percent. Their hope is with new renovations, they can continue that trend.
“It’s going to help us especially with branching out that we can get a bigger facility,” said Erica Krenzalek, a foster mom and volunteer for Onslow County Animal Services.
“We can help more cats, we can help more dogs, and we can get the community more involved with the bigger that we get.”
The Onslow County community will soon see new improvements to the local animal services and can expect new staff to be brought on board as well.
Director of Onslow County Animal Services, Lindsay Wolf, said, “We’re super excited we are getting the vet suite so we’re going to have a surgical area and a prep room. We’re going to have a vet on staff and a vet assistant so we’ll be able to do our own spay neuter surgeries and also be able to treat animals in house.”
The new vet suite will save animal services about 50,000 dollars a year due to not having to use outside veterinarians.
Renovations will also include a much needed cat room and lobby area, which adopters say is much needed.
“Not only have more animals and save more of them and give them some better care, and just a better place for the animals so they’re more comfortable while their here too,” said Kristie Linsday who adopted a dog today.
Shelter staff said it’s all thanks to their new budget and donations from the community.
Krenzalek said, “The more the community gets involved, the more we can work with our staff and get the word out that we are an awesome shelter. We want to get more people informed, especially with the decision that’s going on with all the improvements that we are making it’s just making it a better facility. Every day.”
The completed renovations are expected to be done by the beginning of 2016.
Onslow County Animal Services are currently at full capacity but with the help of foster families, they said they would be able to allow more stray pets to find their forever home.