New Hanover County animal shelter back open, new adoption process during pandemic

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Throughout the pandemic, animal services have restricted access, and not been able to adopt out pets.

However, in New Hanover County on its second day back open, the animal shelter put several animals into new homes.

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Shelter Supervisor Nancy Ryan says they had six adoptions on Friday. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Ryan says they’re excited to be back open, but there are changes to how adoptions and other processes work. She says they’re asking people to call ahead to set up an appointment to adopt.

“We’ve asked people to check our Facebook page or Pet Harbor,” Ryan said. “That shows the animals we have available for adoption. When they come into the parking lot, they can call the main number and let the staff know which dog they’d like to see, and they’ll bring the dog and bring them out here, which is an open air play yard.”



Ryan wants to remind people of the responsibilities that come along with adopting a pet. She knows people may be bored during this time, but says adopting is a lifelong commitment.