This is a kill shelter no matter what they tell you...they have promised not to put down animals then turn around and do it! They have killed mother's and their babies as well. There needs to be more caring people running this shelter. I tried to get help with vouchers and they wouldn't even return my call. Island cat allies helped me immediately and the shelter should be working hand in hand with these organizations to find good homes instead of rushing the animals to gas chamber. Please call island cat allies or the S.P.C.A. before calling them. Give the animal a chance and please people...adopt!
Although I have pets and I don't believe in taking on more than I can take care of, I go to the Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter every now and then to deliver items that they need in order to keep their operation running. The staff stays very busy walking dogs, feeding their charges and helping potential adoptive parents.
As with any animal shelter, they take in strays and do their best to find homes for each and every animal brought their way.
In addition, they perform cremation service for people who have lost their beloved pets. They help people who have fallen upon hard times to feed and vet their pets.
The Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter is a valuable asset to this community and, even though they don't get the recognition they deserve, they manage to work their way around the obstacles with a smile on their faces. I bet the reason the smiles exist is because it's rewarding to be kind and encourage others to be kind to animals.
They need all the volunteers and other assistance they can get. Put a smile on YOUR own face and contribute funds, necessary items and/or time to the Animal Shelter today.
I was always afraid to go to the shelter - afraid of what sadness and despair I might see. Change of leadership occurred and I started to promote the shelter to local government officials, and knew that I had to go to the shelter to be a legitimate voice for them. I began by walking small dogs for an hour or two, but was asked to help with the big dogs, where the help was needed more. I have always had small dogs, so I was apprehensive the first time I tried to get a dog our of its kennel. That was one year ago, and now I am hooked. I'm not young, and I'm not very big, but those big dogs pulled at my heartstrings more than I could ever imagine. The shelter staff knows every dog by name and probably every cat as well. They are extremely dedicated and hardworking. The shelter does not get the support it should from the county officials and population (in my opinion.) I don't think that the public is fully aware of how much they are needed to be a physical presence because there are too few volunteers trying to cover all the bases. However, many issues are being addressed by the current volunteers and by "satellite" support groups to make the shelter even better. My criticisms of the physical shelter, which are very difficult and expensive to correct, are that the shelter is too small, can not expand at its current location (with a few small exceptions), has terrible drainage issues, not enough outside runs, a very cramped situation for the poor cats, and no inside kennels for the smaller dogs (except a wire cage with paper on the bottom). These items cannot be fixed on its current budget. All of the issues are being looked into. No other complaints!
Great staff in a very difficult situation, with little county support. They could use more volunteers but they could also make better use of the volunteers they have. Some of the volunteers can't do the physically demanding things but could help with paperwork, adoptions, working with the public who come in with questions, etc. That would free up the shelter staff for the things that have to be done every day that only staff can do.
Right now, shelters in the Southern U.S. have some of the most difficult situations regarding animal welfare and homelessness in the country. I had always wanted to do something to help the unwanted strays and homeless pets I knew were there, I just wasn't strong enough to do more than write a check before one day, when the time came, I was ready to actually get in there and help a dog in a shelter to have a better day. I had to stop thinking about me, and start truly thinking about them. Going on two years now, I have been coming every Wednesday to walk the big dogs. At first I was content to get maybe five or so out, and hope the rest got to get out too. Now it is most important to me that every dog gets their chance in the sun, to roll on their backs in the grass, have a ball tossed to them, walk down the road to smell the breeze, and especially just to have someone scratch their chin, and tell them they are good dogs, and they are loved. The reason I am now strong enough to do this, is the people who work at CCHS everyday, the shelter staff, and my fellow volunteers. I see their daily dedication and love for every single dog and cat that is brought through the shelters doors. I see them working miracles on a shoestring budget, working with volunteer organizations to adopt as many homeless pets as they can. They will go above and beyond for every single animal that comes to stay and call CCHS, and they feel they are those animals "home" while they are there. CCHS is those animals home and family until their forever families find them. And the staff and volunteers take that responsibility to heart, with the greatest love, care, and comfort we can give them, with the resources available. We would all love to make CCHS as nice for the animals as we possibly can, every donation, every hour of a volunteers time, every dog or cat fostered or taken for a car ride to an adopt-a-thon truly, truly, makes a difference. And I am so appreciative to the staff of CCHS for encouraging and working with the community to make our little Southern shelter, a place of refuge and hope for every animal that comes to call it home for a while. We'll remember their names, and what they like to play with, and where they liked to get scratched, and we'll cry tears of joy when they leave with huge smiles on their faces, and we'll hope we only see them again in their families arms. But, even if that's not the case, and we see them again walking or being carried through those shelter doors, CCHS will welcome them back with open arms.
This shelter goes above and beyond for their animals. They don't have much to work with but make the most of it. All animals are treated with kindness and respect, love and compassion. The staff works tirelessly and very closely with the volunteers to make sure all the animals get the best chance possible. Sadly they can't possibly save them all, but do everything they can to try.
I'm not actually a volunteer for CCHS but I volunteer for Siamese Rescue and have been working with Candace and her staff since 2009 pulling Siamese. The volunteers and staff do an amazing job and things just continue to improve. They are wonderful to work with and it's clear they really do care about the animals.
Keep up the great work!!!!!
Siamese Rescue Volunteer
We adopted an amazing fella about 18 months. Durbin ( now known as Marley) has brought so much joy to our lives. Everytime we take him the our local Petsmart to go shopping and they are having an adopt a thon, several of the girls will remember our sweet boy. That shows just how much all the staff cares about finding homes for unwanted animals. Hats off to all of them. They work hard in trying to educate the people of Careret County on spay and neuter. The deserve so much for all they do for the fur babies of this county.
Wonderful shelter that takes great care of all animals. Caring and compassionate staff and volunteers that work tirelessly to find forever homes for their cats and dogs! Adopt here! All animals are current on all vaccinations (rabies, distemper, bordetella, front line, heartworm and dewormed). Most animals are already spayed or neutered but those that aren't come with a voucher as part of their adoption fee.