Why the North Carolina Animal Welfare Section is important
March 11th, 2011
Created in 2005, this underfunded program has generated
significant positive change for the animals of North Carolina and the
shelters caring for them. The Animal Welfare Section:
- Inspects shelters, boarding kennels, pet stores and large rescue
groups to ensure the safety of the animals and workers within them
- Provides on line inspection reports of above listed facilities available to the general public for review at their leisure
- Inspects euthanasia processes and euthanasia technicians each year to ensure that they meet the requirements of the AWA
- Provides shelters and county officials with options for correcting
deficiencies that fit within the county budget and assists in finding
resources for repairs and training
- Handles hundreds of animal welfare complaints from the general public annually regarding shelters, pet stores and animal rescues
- Acts as resource for shelters and animal control agencies throughout
North Carolina and provides valuable information sharing between
- Has found countless deficiencies in shelter structures across the
state resulting is shelter renovations that have drastically improved
the lives of NC shelter animals
- Provides oversight of euthanasia procedures
- Inspectors promote Spay/Neuter through education of both the public and local governments
- Provides community outreach to remove the stigma associated with animals shelters
- Has been responsible for uncovering puppy mills, animal cruelty cases and unscrupulous “rescues”
Why should you oppose this proposal?
If the Animal Welfare Section is eliminated there will be no oversight
of animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet stores or large rescue
groups. Over 320,000 animals enter NC shelters annually. Our shelters
are in crisis due to pet overpopulation and budget cuts. Elimination of
this section would be a devastating blow to the animals and the men and
women who are caring for them.
Who would be impacted by this proposal?
The elimination of the Animal Welfare Section cuts
less than $400,000
from the Department’s $61 million budget.
The Animal Welfare Section has been under funded since the inception of
the program in 2005. Even grossly underfunded, the Section positively
impacts over 320,000 shelter animals annually, hundreds of animal
welfare workers across the state, and animal facilities in 100 counties.