– Cumberland County Animal Control is waiving its adoption fees for all pets Monday through next Saturday.

Director of Animal Services Elaine Smith said the shelter will need cleaning due to a state-mandated resurfacing of all large dog kennel floors.

Smith said pet owners frequently abandon their pets at the shelter, while other owners let their pets run wild, increasing the likelihood of them mating with other pets or getting lost and recovered. by animal control officers.

According to Smith, the Cumberland County shelter takes in more animals than almost any other shelter in North Carolina — about 11,000 animals each year. It can only hold 300 animals at a time. Even with the help of foster families, volunteers and rescue groups, there is not enough space to house all the strays.

Cumberland County has about 50 pets up for adoption, according to a Cumberland County Adoptable Pet Database.

Before Smith was director, she said the shelter didn’t really host promotional events. If the animal shelter became too full, the animals had to be euthanized.

“[That’s] something we really don’t like to do,” she said.

She said there is a misconception that free dogs are used for crime or dogfighting rings. Smith said that’s unlikely because the dogs at the shelter are neutered, neutered and microchipped.

“Which found the same quality of adopters whether it was free or full price,” she said.

In Robeson County, 4,085 animals were euthanized for space in 2019, according to county records, with a breakdown of 1,195 dogs and 1,890 cats. In Cumberland County, a total of 3,241 dogs and cats were euthanized in 2019. And Warren County animal services director Dani Bowen said at least 50 dogs and 100 cats were killed at the shelter. of Warren to make room for more animals in 2019.