GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Stray animals are a big problem in our county and Pitt County Animal Shelter continuously strives to bring down the euthanasia rates.

Now they are getting some extra help.

 Community Partnership for Pets granted them a $5,000 grant matched with $5,000 from the county, allowing Pitt County Animal Shelter to expand their trap, spay or neuter, and release program.

It’s a new approach to cut down the number of strays in our area.

“This is trying to stabilize the population,” said Michele Whaley, director of Pitt County Animal Shelter. “We trap them, we get them fixed, we get them ear tipped and they are vaccinated for rabies and they are put right back where they were. If they are sick, they are not put back.”

They spay or neuter 50 to 90 cats a month. The $10,000 grant will only cover roughly 250 cats.

The shelter is still searching for a sustainable income to support this effort. If you want to help with this effort and continue its growth, you can donate to the animal shelter.