Greenbrier County Humane Society marks five years of no euthanizations for space reasons

Greenbrier County

A doggone good victory for the Greenbrier County Humane Society in its battle against pet overpopulation.

On Wednesday, they announced five years without euthanizing a single animal for space reasons.
Managing Director, Patricia Cilea, said partnerships with dozens of rescue groups across several states are the primary reason for the accomplishment.

“I was excited that was going to happen on my watch,” Cilea said. “Some of them take specific breeds. Some of them actually take older animals or animals with disabilities. For that reason, those animals don’t have to linger here in the kennel. They can actually go to a home.”

Greenbrier County pushed a “Don’t Shop, Adopt” campaign, which provides vouchers for spaying and neutering services.

“That helps people come in to get animals just as great as a pure-bred,” Cilea said. “Sometimes, we do have pure-breds, but it’s a way that we can make sure these animals don’t linger in the shelter.”

Even with more than 1,800 animals brought in throughout 2018, every single one of them found love wherever they went.

“They’re a little more happy and comfortable until they found their fur-ever home,” Cilea said.

Cilea said the humane society’s decision to not fix its broken crematory also played a major role in the five year streak.

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