Adoption event set for Friday to help with overcrowding at Pitt Co. shelter


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Many animal shelters in Eastern N.C. are filling to near capacity, including one in Pitt County.

Starting Friday, cats at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina will be just $25 to adopt. It's all to help promote animal adoption in Pitt County. In 2016, Pitt County Animal Control took in almost 5,000 animals due to overcrowding. Of that number, 1,445 were euthanized. The Humane Society doesn't euthanize animals and does it's best to help pull in animals from the Pitt County Animal Shelter to help make space. "We like to think that pulling from them gives them more space because they have to take in," said Shelby Jolly, assistant shelter director. "Unfortunately, they got the raw end of the deal and they have to euthanize when they're really full and there's no other option." Even when the Humane Society is filled to capacity, efforts like their $25 cats for 25 days program encourages the public to help save more animals from being euthanized. The current program runs from July 21-Aug. 13.