If you’ve lived in Anson County long enough, you’ve probably noticed one of the most prevalent problems this community faces — an overwhelming number of stray dogs and cats. No matter if you live in the heart of Wadesboro or one of the outlying towns like Ansonville and Polkton, you’ve probably had a stray animal either visit your house or try to take up residence there.
Finally, our county government is taking decisive action to address the overpopulation of homeless pets. As soon as April 2014, there will be an operating animal shelter in Anson County, as opposed to a pound with a startling 95 percent euthanization rate.
As a result, more of these animals will be saved and adopted into loving forever homes. Not only that, all animals who come into the shelter will be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter.
Our county commissioners, county manager, sheriff, veterinarian Dr. Danny Wright and a host of animal lovers are to be commended for taking this step to end the stray problem in Anson County once and for all.
Whether you love animals or not, you’ve got to admit this is a problem that’s been going on for far too long. It’s going to take lots of time, money and action to reverse that 95 percent euthanization rate to a 95 percent adoption rate. But, with the community’s support, it’s definitely doable.
Here’s hoping that by this time next year, hundreds of dogs and cats in Anson County will have a home for Christmas — and for forever.