Properly Fund Animal Shelter to Prevent Unnecessary Euthanasia

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Target: Alamance County Commissioner Chairman Dan Ingle

Goal: Properly allocate funds to a new animal shelter to prevent it from becoming a kill shelter.

A new animal shelter could end up becoming a kill shelter because the county hasn’t yet committed actual funds to the facility voted to be built in Alamance County, North Carolina. Without proper funding, shelters can’t support the animals they tend to, so those animals are frequently euthanized.

The shelter is projected to cost roughly $5.2 million. The Pet Adoption and Welfare Society (PAWS) has promised to raise $750,000 of that, but funding the remaining $4.5 million is the responsibility of Alamance County. The board has outlined funding the shelter by charging the municipalities–costs that will be paid in addition to preexisting operation fees, although these fees are spread out over several years of payment.

It’s heartening to see such focus put into constructing an animal shelter, despite lack of committed funds. A recent tour of Alamance County’s pet adoption facilities spurred the construction of this new shelter. The Board of Commissioners estimates it to last at least 25 years, and to be brought to a standard that the old pet adoption facility failed to meet. However, lack of committed funds is cause for great concern.

They want to do a great thing, and that should be applauded. However, funds should be secured before undertaking such a costly project. If funding falls short at any time during the projected 25 years, then the shelter and animals will suffer for it. Sign to demand that the city secures the proper funds for this project.


Dear Chairman Ingle,

Alamance County’s goal to build a decent animal shelter is commendable, and definitely something that can help. However, there are concerns that this endeavor will turn into yet another kill shelter. Many shelters have little choice but to euthanize the animals under their care after a period of time because they cannot afford to house them any longer. Often this is because of a lack of funds, and sometimes a lack of space. There is concern that the shelter planned for Alamance County will face such a decision in the future due to a lack of committed funds.

The board’s plan for gathering the staggering $4.5 million is a good one, but it’s one that can often lead to deficits down the line. If funds are lacking one year, the shelter and the animals housed there will suffer terribly for it.

Please consider how the animals in this future shelter will fare in years to come when different people may be handling the board or municipalities. Consider gathering funds to commit now rather than counting on future variables.


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