With the state suspending Friends for Animals Humane Society of Burke County license to operate, the organization is dropping its prices to try to adopt out the remainder of its dogs and cats.

Animal advocates say they’re afraid the rescue being closed will cause more animals to be euthanized. But it’s not the only place from where folks in Burke County can adopt a furry friend.

Folks also can adopt directly from the Burke County Animal Control Shelter at 425 Kirksey Drive in Morganton. Individuals can adopt animals from the Burke County Animal Shelter if they have paid the adoptions fee, completed an adoption application and been approved for adoption, according to the shelter. Applications can be obtained at the Animal Shelter or on its website at http://burkesheriff.org/animalcontrol.htm.

Some of the requirements to adopt include keeping the animal up-to-date on its rabies vaccine, as well as getting it spayed or neutered, providing proper food, water, shelter, vet care and exercise. Its adoption fee is $125, which includes spay or neuter and a rabies vaccination.

Burke County Animal Shelter will all be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Other animal rescues in the county include A Better Life Animal Rescue, which has a website at www.abetterlifeanimalrescue.com and a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ABetterLifeAnimalRescue. Cat’s Cradle is another rescue organization in Burke County. Check out its website at https://thecatscradle.orgCats also can be adopted through Partners for Cats, which can be reached at 828-437-8769. It's website is www.partnersforcats.org/ and its Facebook page is www.facebook.com/partnersforcats.

For those who are limited on funds, REASON (Reduce Euthanasia and Spay or Neuter), located in Burke County, can help folks with the cost of spaying or neutering their furbabies. The organization’s website is www.reason-nc.org.  

Friends for Animals posted on its Facebook page that it is running a Thanksgiving week special and all spayed and neutered dogs will be $100 and cats $50 to adopt. A post on Monday says it has about 30 dogs and 30 cats available for adoption. The post says the rescue, located at 417 Kirksey Drive in Morganton, will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day.

Earlier this month, Friends for Animals had its state license suspended for 60 days after it failed another state inspection, saying it “fails to possess the necessary qualifications to meet the requirements of the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) for the holding of an animal shelter registration.”

It said the shelter willfully disregarded and violated the N.C. Animal Welfare Act and rules issued.

The 60-day suspension order gave the organization 30 days to find new homes for the animals it housed and an additional 30 days to implement corrective actions so the shelter is in compliance with the AWA and its rules.

Friends for Animals has shown video on its Facebook page of some remodeling going on at the rescue.


Sharon McBrayer is a staff writer and can be reached at smcbrayer@morganton.com or at 828-432-8946.

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