COVID-19 Leaves SPCA Wake Dogs Waiting Months Without Homes

Brahms the dog with holiday gifts. Source: SPCA of Wake County
Brahms the dog with holiday gifts. Source: SPCA of Wake County

Reducing adoption fees to find 12 special dogs homes for the holidays – Introducing the 12 Strays of the Holidays!

With COVID-19 restrictions at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County (SPCA Wake), homeless pets have had to rely entirely on digital first impressions to catch the eyes of adopters. Without the chance to make face-to-face connections, 12 dogs have been left without families for months on end.

To help these dogs stand out amongst the crowd, the SPCA is launching the 12 Strays of the Holidays adoption promotion, offering 50% OFF their adoption fees and sending each dog home with stuffed holiday stockings for them to open with their future families – they just need a tree to put it under.

Before COVID-19, adopters could visit pets at the SPCA’s Adoption Center in search of their future family member. This year the SPCA has had to close its doors to the public, and adopters and pets alike have had to rely upon making connections online only. As a result, twelve of the SPCA’s adoptable dogs have fallen through the cracks again and again.

“We know there is a home out there for every dog, and our wish is that all of these dogs find their homes for the holidays,” said Kim Flowers, SPCA Adoption Center Director. “If pets are older, have medical issues, or exhibit challenging behaviors, they typically get passed over if adopters are only able to browse the website,” she adds. “These dogs are more than a picture on a website, and we hope this promotion will shine a much-needed spotlight on them.”

With this unusual holiday season approaching, many people are feeling lonely or suffering from extra stress, but adopting a dog is a wonderful way to bring joy into your family while also making a life-saving impact for a pet in need.

The reduced adoption fee of $47.50 includes spay/neuter surgery, deworming, heartworm testing, basic canine vaccines, and a microchip (an estimated value of over $300). Interested adopters can view the 12 Strays at to submit a survey and begin the adoption process. The SPCA is currently closed to the public and offering adoptions by appointment only.

For information on adoption, appointments, and directions to the SPCA’s Pet Adoption Center, visit


Source: Samantha Ranlet, SPCA of Wake County

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