LINCOLNTON  – Lincoln County Animal Services announced Monday, July 2 that the shelter had finally achieved no-kill status after five years of working toward the designation.

According to a press release from LCAS Director Hannah Beaver, the shelter has “attained a live release rate of 90 percent and above, for both dogs and cats, for 12 months.”

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners set a goal for LCAS to become a no-kill shelter back in 2013, the press release stated.

“To achieve this goal we have been working diligently on all parts of the No Kill Equation, with the intent of saving the lives of all animals that can be saved,” Beaver stated in the release.  

Beaver also included a few projects and events planned to help sustain the no-kill status.

The Cat Fix Project

The new Cat Fix Project aims to spay and neuter all community cats at no cost to pet owners. If you have outdoor cats that need to be fixed, please contact our Cat Fix Project Coordinator at

Pet Resource Program

The Pet Resource Program will be led by a Pet Resource Coordinator, a new position at LCAS, and it aims to assist pet owners in providing for their animals and keeping them at home versus surrendering the pet to the shelter.

Staying Alive No Kill Celebration

From noon to 4 p.m. July 21 there will be a celebration at the shelter for achieving this new status and remaining kill-free for an entire year. LCAS is at 650 John Howell Memorial Dr., Lincolnton.

Open House

On Aug. 11 LCAS is hosting an event with special adoption prices, games, prizes, food, education, shelter tours and more.

NBC’s Clear The Shelters Adoption Event

On Aug. 18th al adoption fees will be waived in an attempt to clear the shelter.



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