This week marks the start of National Justice for Animals week. One animal shelter in Craven County is celebrating with many activities, including an open house for those looking for a new fur-friend.
“As I walked through all of the kennels back there, I think the most important thing is to get these animals out of cages and in people’s homes. to get them to where they can really be loved on,” Smith said.
Jason Smith is the Pastor of the Latitude Church in New Bern. Every day this week, Smith plans to visit the Craven County Animal Shelter to bless each animal for Justice for Animals week.
“I have animals myself-one dog, so it’s important for me to come to see what I hear about. Once you see this it really tugs on your heart to do something about it, to put these animals into a great home,” Smith said.
Elma Rae Greene, Animal Services Director, says Justice for Animals week is a week long open house for the animal shelter. Events include a ‘Paw Print Press’ where kitties will paint canvases to be auctioned off. There will also be a ‘Spayghetti’ fundraiser and a ‘Best Dressed Fashion Show’, along with raffles this weekend. All proceeds will go to veterinarian care.
“We’re promoting low cost adoptions all week,” Greene said. “We are going to try to clear our adoption floor.”
Greene also said North Carolina takes in a quarter of a million animals a year. Last year 4,000 animals were taken in in Craven County alone. This is why it is important to not only adopt animals, but also have them spayed or neutered.
“And just to make them aware to help us in spaying and neutering these animals so we can reduce these numbers,” Greene said.
All animals have been de-wormed, vaccinated, and microchipped. Animals will also have a voucher to get spayed or neutered.