Guilford County Animal Services (GCAS) announces its 2017 fiscal year numbers, in which the adoption rate for the shelter increased by 13 percent and the euthanasia rate decreased by more than 30 percent compared to fiscal year 2016. This is largely due to changes in shelter policies and procedures, continuing improvements in animal care and an increase in community outreach. All of these changes are a reflection of GCAS’s commitment to providing the best possible care to every animal entering the shelter.
Key indicators for GCAS for fiscal year 2017 versus the prior fiscal year are as follows:

  • Adoptions: 3,128 animals, an increase of 366 animals or 13.3% versus FY ‘16
  • Euthanasia: 3,481 animals, a decrease of 1,613 animals or 31.7% versus FY ‘16
  • Intake: 10,492 animals, a decrease of 1,684 animals or 13.8% versus FY ‘16

“As the third largest shelter in N.C., we take in an average of more than 200 animals each week, which puts a great strain on our staff and facilities. The positive trends in our key indicators demonstrate the tremendous care and commitment made by every GCAS employee, volunteer and transfer partner,” said Clarence Grier, deputy county manager for Guilford County. “Looking forward, we anticipate SPOT Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic Services will be up and running in the third quarter of this calendar year, and we are getting close to finalizing the location for the new animal shelter. All of these things will continue to improve our numbers and the care we are able to provide to our animals.”

According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 70 percent of the approximately 5 million animals entering shelters nationwide are euthanized. Over the course of fiscal year 2017, GCAS lowered euthanasia rates to roughly 33 percent, which is significantly lower than the nationally reported percentage. Additionally, the adoption rate for GCAS increased to 30 percent, which is higher than the national average of 20 to 25 percent, as reported by Statistic Brain.

Since taking control in 2015, Guilford County Animal Services instituted a new policy that stopped the euthanasia of dogs based on breed, and brought on Dr. Megan McAndrew, who is one of a small group of veterinarians in the country that is specially trained in shelter medicine. Dr. McAndrew has implemented new programs to better assist the many sick and injured animals entering the shelter. Recently, Dr. Patrice Lanier was also brought on to support Dr. McAndrew and increase the shelter’s capacity for veterinary care.

Unlike a no-kill shelter that is able to select which animals are accepted into the facility, GCAS is an open admission facility; this means every animal brought to the shelter must be accepted and cared for, including many that have significant health or behavioral issues. The best way for the Guilford County community to get involved is to spay and neuter their pets, take advantage of the many resources in the community to assist in caring for those pets, and to open their homes to fostering or adopting animals. To learn more about volunteer and foster opportunities, or to learn how your business can partner with the shelter, visit

For more information contact Clarence Grier,