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Finding a Lost Pet - New Changes

posted Jun 15, 2010, 7:20 PM by Reid Serozi
As of July 1, the search for a lost pet will become much easier in Wake County. Following a significant expansion effort, all lost pets that are picked up by Animal Control officers in any part of Wake County, including the City of Raleigh, will be brought to one central location.

“For years, Wake County ran an animal shelter and Garner, Cary and Raleigh used other sheltering services,” said Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Director Michael Williams. “If an owner lost their pet, they would have to check at both locations. Now, all Wake County animals will come to one location. It makes looking for a lost pet a much easier task.”

The Wake County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) shelter, that previously housed lost animals from Raleigh, will still accommodate and sponsor pets for adoption, but will no longer house lost animals. Along with the one-stop County-maintained shelter being more convenient for both the resident and the lost animals, the newly expanded Animal Center should result in more efficient animal care and welfare services in Wake County. 

The Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center is located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. Currently, the Animal Center is open Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, the facility is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Sundays, the shelter is currently open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Starting July 1, the center will be open from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week. 

Along with housing lost pets and other animals for adoption, the Wake County Animal Center also offers a lost-cost spay-neuter program, administers a foster program for pets, and offers a rabies prevention program. The shelter has volunteer opportunities for residents of all ages that want to lend a helping hand. For more information, call 212-PETS or visit