Cumberland Matters: Event aims to find homes for shelter animals – News – The Fayetteville Observer


You can save a life and take home a forever friend for free by adopting a dog or cat from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter during the “Clear the Shelters” nationwide pet adoption drive Saturday. The county is partnering with WRAL and Mix 101.5 for the event.

The Animal Shelter, at 4704 Corporation Drive, will be open extended hours Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The normal pet adoption fees, ranging from $68 to $117 based on the animal’s gender and weight, will be waived. Included in the normal, and waived fees, is a rabies vaccination, pet privilege license, microchip and spay or neuter operation.

Most of the animals available for adoption will have already been spayed or neutered. However, animals who have not been spayed or neutered will not be able to leave the shelter until the procedure is completed. This means you may not be able to take a pet you adopt Saturday home the same day, but the adoption fee will still be waived.

Anyone who wants to adopt an animal must have a photo ID. Animals will be adopted out on a first-come, first-serve basis and there is a limit of two animals per household.

“We are very pleased and excited to be participating in Clear the Shelters this year. We are happy to help adoption be more affordable by waiving our regular fees that day, so that new owners can put that money toward other pet necessities such as heartworm preventative, flea control and, of course, toys,” said Elaine Smith, Cumberland County Animal Control director. “Adopters should remember that pets are a great responsibility and they should be sure that they are ready to take care of that pet before adopting.

“Clear the Shelters” is sponsored by NBC and Telemundo-owned television stations. A total of 153,651 shelter animals have been adopted since the first adoption drive was held in 2015. More than half those adoptions occurred during last year’s “Clear the Shelters” campaign.

If you are unable to be a part of “Clear the Shelters” on Saturday, you can visit the Animal Shelter during regular adoption hours, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information about adopting a pet from the shelter, call 910-321-6852. You can see animals available for adoption any time at or the Friends of Cumberland County Shelter Animals Facebook page at

Precinct workers needed

The Board of Elections is seeking precinct workers for the General Election on Nov. 8. Republican and unaffiliated registered voters are needed to be precinct officials in all 77 precincts in Cumberland County. Registered voters from any party are needed to be precinct workers in the Beaver Dam, Bordeaux, Falcon, Glendale Acres, Judson-Vander and Linden areas. Interested registered voters can apply online at or in person at the Board of Elections Office, which is in the E. Newton Smith Center at 227 Fountainhead Lane. Call 910-678-7733 for more information.

Cumberland update

• Wednesday: Child Support Information Session. The Cumberland County Child Support Office, at 109 Bradford Ave., will stay open until 7 p.m. Director James McQueen will give a brief presentation at 5:30, and attendees will have the opportunity to talk to staff for information or questions about cases. Information sessions will be held every Wednesday in August as part of Child Support Awareness Month observances.

• Thursday: Department of Social Services adoptive and foster parent information session. Session held at noon and 6:30 p.m. at DSS, 1225 Ramsey St. Call 910-677-2541 for more information.

• Aug. 20: Board of Commissioners regular meeting. Meeting begins at 6:45 p.m. in Room 118 of the Cumberland County Courthouse, 117 Dick St. Anyone wishing to speak during the public comment period should register prior to the start of the meeting.


Jon Soles is the public information specialist for Cumberland County Government. You can reach him at 910-321-6579 or [email protected]


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