Public Turns Out For Animal Shelter Celebration
The celebration of the 5th year of the opening of the Haywood County Animal Shelter in Clyde was well attended by well-wishers and residents wanting to learn more about their county shelter. This event was hosted by the Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter with refreshments, information and tours of the shelter.
“Our goal was to highlight what a great animal shelter we have in Haywood County”, stated Connie Hewitt, Secretary of the Friends. Many still think of an animal shelter as a place you don’t want to go because of how shelters used to be. This shelter was built with the idea of humane treatment and the well-being of the animals. Those who took the tour were surprised at a well-kept facility and all the enrichment the dogs and cats received while in the county’s care.” she emphasized
“Too many people are afraid of coming to the shelter”, said Teresa Smith, President. “They are expecting sad conditions and pitiful animals which they’d feel sorry for. While the animals would certainly be happier in a loving home, they are well kept, cared for and safe while here. The Friends covers major medical expenses to help them become adoptable,” she continued, along with providing needed medical and other equipment the county budget does not cover.”
Since its doors opened in 2018, 3,089 dogs and 3,321 cats have been adopted along with 1.793 animals being returned to their owners. The live release rate has averaged 95%. A major feat and one this county can be proud of. No feral cat has been euthanized but has gone into the barn program or been socialized and adopted! The wonderful shelter staff and volunteers make this shelter what it is.
For more information on the Haywood County Animal Shelter: https://www.haywoodcountync.gov/154/animalservices and for The Friends, www.hcasfriends.org