FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2008
||Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
|Jennifer Nixon, public information officer
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 609-4521 (cell)
NCDA&CS, Henderson County to take possession of 300 animals
from All Creatures Great and Small on Friday
Animal rescue groups asked to adopt animals
RALEIGH – About 300 companion animals from All Creatures Great and Small in Hendersonville will be available for transfer to animal rescue organizations when Operation MoveOut begins Friday.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will take possession of the shelter at that time and begin animal behavior and health assessments before placing the animals with rescue organizations.
Earlier this week, the NCDA&CS and Henderson County signed a cooperative agreement that cleared the way for the department to take possession of the animals from All Creatures Great and Small. The shelter is closing because it is not in compliance with the state’s Animal Welfare Act.
NCDA&CS, along with national animal rescue groups, will operate the facility under an agreement with the property owner, Don Gladieux. Department staff members hope to move all the animals out of the shelter as soon as possible. To do this, NCDA&CS is asking for help from animal rescue organizations from across the Southeast to offer these animals a better life.
“Our goal from the beginning has been to take the animals out of the substandard conditions they were living in and give them a fair chance for a new home,” said Assistant State Veterinarian Mary Ann McBride. “We hope animal rescue organizations will evaluate their situations and take as many animals as they can reasonably accommodate.”
Animal rescue groups interested in taking animals should complete an application form, which can be found on the NCDA&CS Animal Welfare Section’s Web page, www.ncagr.com/vet/welfare.htm. Once approved, the organization can go to All Creatures Great and Small and pick from animals that have been assessed. There is no adoption fee.
The application process will help ensure the animals do not go into situations similar to the one they are leaving, McBride said.
The state has worked for more than five years to bring ACGS into compliance with the state’s Animal Welfare Act, but the shelter was unable to do so. The two organizations came to an agreement late last year for the shelter to transfer ownership of the animals and close its doors.
Note to editors: The shelter will be open to news media beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. Jennifer Nixon will be the on-site public information officer. Her cell number is (919) 609-4521.