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You can assume any city or county shelter is a kill shelter and any dog there could potentially be put to sleep if not adopted or pulled by rescue. A lot of SPCA shelters are also space based and euthanize when they need room.
 

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Our SPCA (the one listed) is not a kill shelter. Per se. They do not put dogs up for adoption that are not considered adoptable (or cats). If they are not adoptable, they never make it to the adoption floor. If for some reason they need to get her out, they will contact our rescue and we will go get her. They work well with our rescue.
 

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Our SPCA (the one listed) is not a kill shelter. Per se. They do not put dogs up for adoption that are not considered adoptable (or cats). If they are not adoptable, they never make it to the adoption floor. If for some reason they need to get her out, they will contact our rescue and we will go get her. They work well with our rescue.

That's great to hear about your shelter-I don't understand how the shelters in the different counties of NC can be operated so differently.
There are some in the Western part of NC that are absolutely wonderful, then there are those along the coast of NC which are absolutely horrible!
Such as one shelter when it needs to be cleaned or disinfected, every animal has to be out of there and those that aren't adopted or Rescued, are put down! Some of the NC shelters are totally disgusting!
 

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The difference is county vs private shelters.
Actually, around here the difference is urban vs rural shelters. Our county shelter also contacts us every time they have a golden come in and we pull it.

The more public awareness that can be brought to the shelters, the more likely they are to clean up their act. Franklin County Shelter (county north of mine) was a horrible "dog pound" up until about 4 years ago. They would gas animals altogether, even though it was illegal. They never allowed any cat that was caught in a humane trap to be adopted. They just left them in the humane trap for the holding period and then would gas them, while they were in the trap. I saw injured puppies there, one had his insides coming out. I immediately pointed it out to the ACO and he just shrugged. They were open for adoptions (get your free animal) from 8-8:30 AM and 4:30-5:00 PM 3 days a week.

Several people caused a huge uproar with their county commissioners and changes started taking place. They started euthanizing by injection. A vet came in 2 times a week to check on the animals (and euthanize). They started holding late hours once a week and Saturday hours. Then they build a "real" shelter and now have even more "real" hours. Oh, and they canned the head ACO because he was breaking the laws!
 
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