Expand Overcrowded Animal Shelter


Target: Kenansville, North Carolina Mayor Betty Long

Goal: Expand an animal shelter that is over capacity and has to euthanize animals due to a lack of space

An animal shelter in Kenansville, North Carolina, is being forced to euthanize animals that arrive at the shelter if they are not adopted within 72 hours due to the lack of available space in the shelter. Possibly building a larger shelter has been discussed in the past but has always taken a backseat to other funding projects.

Shelter volunteers and employees at the Duplin County Animal Services Shelter work hard and do the best they can, but animals are slipping through the cracks because of the lack of room. These animals are only held for three days before they are put to sleep, so their chances of adoption are slim. They deserve a better shot at finding a forever home and it is being denied to them because of limited space and ultimately, a lack of caring from the the city. According to County Manager Mike Aldridge, talk of building a larger shelter has been in the works for eight years, but other city projects keep cropping up and pushing the much-needed animal shelter on the back burner.

It may be a difficult choice, but this project can not be put off any longer. Innocent animals are dying rapidly because of the shelter’s inability to hold that many animals at one time. This can be changed if the money is finally put towards building a larger shelter. Please sign the petition below to tell the mayor of Kenansville, Betty Long, how desperately the animals of Kenansville need this funding.


Dear Mayor Long,

Animals that are admitted to the Duplin County Animal Services Shelter only have three days until they are adopted. Otherwise they are euthanized because there isn’t enough space to hold them for any longer. This is an incredibly short amount of time and denies these animals a better chance at finding a home.

Talk of funding a new shelter has been in the works for almost a decade, but nothing has come from them. The city always directs the funding to other projects. We cannot ignore this problem any longer. The longer this problem is pushed back, the more innocent animals die.

All animals that arrive at the Duplin County Animal Services Shelter deserve a better shot at finding a loving, forever home. Please do not deny them this chance any longer. I encourage you to set aside the necessary funds in order to build a larger shelter.


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  1. Unfortunately, the mass of the population in the south do not care about animals…the problem starts with them and they are unlikely to care about it as an issue in an election. I believe shaming the southern politicians via the rest of the country’s mentality is way to start. Then perhaps once things improve with local government laws regarding animal rights, the mentality of the people might follow.

    • Susan, you are correct – animal welfare and improving their living – or not-living conditions are normally way down the list. BUT when the animals are there to be loyal and protect these mindless people – yes, then thay are kept.
      Wake up Betty Long- are you female and you have no compassion for animals – just the same as human babies and the elderly – helpless!

    • To hell with u & your ignorant opinion Susan. The South is not alone in this worldwide ongoing problem. There are animal loving heros here in the South that break their butt’s to try & save any & all possible. I myself just adopted #6 of my pack from a euthanasia list ty very much. Check out the statistics of the NY shelters & get your bigoted facts straight before u place blame on only 1 area.

  2. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Please have a compassion for this innocent animals. They don’t deserve this.

  3. Eileen goodman says:

    I agree…shame whoever has any part of cruelty towards animals!
    I’ve heard how the south is especially lacking in compassion for animals.
    They should be shamed foe that!

  4. You have to have a soul and some humanity to be ashamed, and since I have moved south , I haven’t seen a lot of regard for animals.

  5. In the short term a more cost effective approach is to start a fostering program. These do not work as effectively in rural areas but I still believe that is a viable alternative until one can expand the shelter.

  6. Karen Remnant says:

    Lack of funding is an age old excuse used by politicians who can’t be bothered doing a decent job. Once in office very few seem to be worth their salary. Maybe they should face financial penalties for non-delivery or failed projects? Might make them listen to what’s important to the people they are meant to be working for

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