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July 18, 2013

The Humane Society of Concord Receives Grant to Improve Lives of the Animals of Cabarrus County

The funds from this grant will support the partnership between the Humane Society of Concord and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office

The Humane Society of the United States has provided a grant to The Humane Society of Concord for the development of community outreach programs, enrichment for shelter animals, elimination of gas chamber euthanasia and enhanced care for animals with special veterinary needs.

The Humane Society of Concord has partnered with the Sheriff’s Office of Cabarrus County to provide comprehensive animal services for the community. Since the beginning of the partnership, euthanasia rates have declined, animals at the shelter are aggressively marketed and receive extensive enrichment by volunteers.

Kim Alboum, North Carolina state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “The Humane Society of Concord and Cabarrus County Animal Control have partnered to create a comprehensive animal welfare program for their community.  While euthanasia numbers continue to decline, our grant will help provide continued community outreach and shelter improvements.”

Judy Simms, director of Humane Society of Concord said: “Since the start of the partnership between the County Commissioners and the Humane Society of Concord, our focus has been to reduce the euthanasia rates at our county shelter, and to transition from the use of gas to euthanize animals to the preferred method of injection. We are committed to strengthening the bond between Cabarrus County Animal Control and the Humane Society of Concord and becoming a role model for other counties across North Carolina. I am happy to report that we are achieving those goals.”

The funds for this grant will be used to:

  • Ultimately discontinue the use of the gas chamber as a method of euthanasia by training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment.
  • Purchase necessary vaccines and medical supplies.
  • Print educated literature for community outreach projects.
  • Assist special cases to allow pet owners who are unable to care for the medical needs of their companions.

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org

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