BY Emory Rakestraw | PHOTOGRAPHY BY Allison Potter New Hanover County’s Animal Services Unit is about care, not just control
Under the guidance of New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon (upper right, holding a 2-month-old shepherd mix) since 2012,
the New Hanover County shelter exists to help animals like Max (left), an 18-month-old Labrador retriever mix, find homes.
Top left: Shelter attendant/veterinarian assistant Erica Peterson checks on a dog after surgery. Above left: Sgt. S. Blissett helps
shelter supervisor Nancy Reason move an animal off the operating table. All animals are spayed or neutered. Above right: Shelter
attendant/veterinarian assistant Breck Price holds Harry, a 5-year-old domestic short-haired cat.