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Animal Control Receives $30,000 Grant from PetSmart Charities

Feb 13, 2020

The Cumberland County Animal Control has been awarded a $30,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to support the adoption of cats and large breed dogs. The funds will be used to pay for the spay or neuter surgery for 482 dogs and cats, allowing the shelter to reduce their adoption fee to $28 for selected animals.

The animals selected to be part of this program are traditionally harder to adopt animals, so these funds will allow the shelter to improve their adoption rate and save more animals. 

“We are so excited to receive this grant so that we can really help our “harder to adopt” animals.  These are the older pets, pets with treatable health issues and our large dogs in particular,” said Elaine Smith, Animal Control Director. “With the grant subsidizing part of the adoption fee, an adopter can put those funds towards the things they need to give these pets a happy home.”

For more information about adopting a pet from the Animal Control Shelter, call 910-321-6852 or to see all the animals available for adoption, visit

Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Animal Control adoption fee includes the pet’s rabies vaccination, pet privilege license, microchip and spaying or neutering by a local veterinarian.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for nearly 600,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit