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Who sets the New Hanover County Animal Shelter’s hours for adoptions?

Tom Grady
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Judy Evonko with Animal Control in New Hanover County makes her way through the dog pins in the back of the shelter. StarNewsw file photo.

Judy Evonko with Animal Control in New Hanover County makes her way through the dog pins in the back of the shelter. StarNewsw file photo.

Since the animal shelter operations were turned over to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department in 2012, Sheriff Ed McMahon has the final say in the hours the shelter is open for adoptions and other services.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Shelter, located at 180 Division Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Adoption hours are 12 noon to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Sheriff McMahon initiated the Saturday (hours) and there’s been a couple of times we’ve actually run out of cats and dogs to adopt,” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer, the public information officer for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s been monumentally successful.”

For more information, go to NewHanoverSheriff.com and click on “Animal Services Unit” or call 798-7500. The staff also maintains a page on Facebook, under NHSO Animal Services.

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7 Responses to “ Who sets the New Hanover County Animal Shelter’s hours for adoptions?”

  1. On December 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm Lori Keefe wrote:

    Would it not make more sense to close one day during the week and open one day on the weekend when families are together. Seems to me your adoption rate would increase if you were open during a time when working people were not working!

  2. On December 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm Marci Staten wrote:

    It would make much more sense to close on another weekday…It is disappointing that although the pound claims to have the animals best interest at heart, I hope they would consider actually doing exactly that and allowing more animals to be adopted, rather than killed. Why not ??
    I’d like to know who I could talk to personally at the county pound that would listen. Is this an example of govt doing what it wants instead of what it needs???

  3. On December 22, 2010 at 11:46 am paula plarre wrote:

    I’m sorry, but the hours that the New Hanover County Animal Shelter is open for adoption is unacceptable!! How is anyone able to come to see the animals when they work & the children are in school.? Lack of staff availability is not an acceptable excuse.

    the shelter should do everything in their power to encourage adoption not to KILL!!! if we dig i am sure we can find the resources.

    There should be at least 1 saturday a month that the shelter will be open for adoption & it should be posted in the newspaper & announced on the local radio station. There should be 1 day a week that the shelter stays open until 6pm.

    let us try to help the animals find their forever homes.!

  4. On December 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm Ted Glaser wrote:

    Is there enough staff to investigate abuse allegations? If not the county commissioners need to look seriously at increasing budget for animal control

  5. On December 25, 2010 at 11:59 am maryrose wrote:

    They need to rearrange the staff hours at Animal Control. Close the shelter for adoptions one weekday and open it with adoption staff on Saturday. To say that the weekend closing is because of staff availability is ridiculous. They are just offering” business as usual “excuses.

    How can families adopt when they are working during the week? Pender and New Hanover Humane Societies have weekend hours and are closed on some weekdays. It is outrageous that many more pets are being put down because of the inflexibility of Animal Control!

  6. On January 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm Melody wrote:

    I agree that the shelter should work to be more flexible and I think the idea of a weekend a month with advertising is a great one! I am hoping to gain some regular hours with the shelter on a volunteer basis.

    And I KNOW that all of you that made such negative comments have also called and volunteered some time to the shelter, right? You’ve also packed up old blankets, and picked up an extra bag of cat and/or dog food and dropped it off? Thank you!! The animals and I appreciate it!! :)

  7. On April 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm How to how to win on Qubidz wrote:

    Searching for this for some time now – i guess luck is more advanced than search engines :)



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