NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - As Clear The Shelters week continues you've no doubt been tempted to do your part and go to your local shelter to adopt a pet. While your heart may be in the right place, the realities of animal ownership, especially for first-timers can be deceiving.
Jennifer Hoyt with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office's Animal Services Unit says logistics are a critical consideration that, if overlooked, can result in financial hardship.
The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office's Animal Services Unit will be reducing fees by 50 percent Saturday as part of "Clear The Shelters" day. The shelter will open at 8 a.m., and you'll need to bring a valid driver's license or another government-issued identification card.
Regarding numbers, New Hanover County doesn't have the quantities other county shelters have. Hoyt says active year-round pushes on social media help to keep the numbers low and job satisfaction at an all-time high.
"It's Magic," Hoyt said. "We do see that here, and that's the happy part of our job. That's what we love the most is when we do adoptions."