Sun Dog 130 Animal Shelter Network

You got to vote on which of our top nominated NC animal shelters was the recipient of a portion of proceeds from every bottle sold in NC of  Sun Dog 130. And the winner was Friends of Animal Services of Jacksonville, NC.  Read about them and the other participants here and please reach out to the organizations and support them in what they do. You can click on the name of each organization to visit their website.  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about  what is happening at Southern Grace Distilleries. 

Friends of Animal Services, Jacksonville, NC  2015 Winner of NC Sun Dog 130 Animal Shelter Contest

Friends of Animal Services is a nonprofit organization established to assist Onslow County Animal Services by means of fundraising, community outreach, and education, with the intent to enhance the quality of life for the animals of the Onslow County Shelter.  As a nonprofit, we are able to provide our county shelter with supplemental funds in order to support projects, programs and treatments that would otherwise be out of reach for a county shelter under strict budgetary constraints.  In partnership with our shelter, FOAS is dedicated to implementing an exemplary standard of care for the animals in our county. 

Animal Avengers of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

We are the newest non-profit animal rescue in the greater Wilmington area – Animal Avengers of North Carolina. Unlike other animal rescues in the area, we hope to break the mold in more ways than one. We promote adoption permanency, as we match animal and owner while providing a support network through the first year of the adoption to ensure success. We rescued our first dog on November 11, 2014 and have since rescued 175 more dogs as of February 28, 2015. Simply stated our mission is: promoting education, advocacy, and adoption permanency for all things four legged.

The Animal Awareness Society, Randleman, NC

TAAS’s mission is to humanely reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in our communities by spaying and neutering and finding forever homes for adoptable and rehabilitated animalsWe work tirelessly to educate on the importance of spaying/neutering to decrease the pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates.  We assist people with limited incomes, the elderly, and the disabled to keep their pets by providing pet food, sponsoring spaying/neutering, building kennels/pet enclosures, sponsoring emergency and routine vet care and providing transportation to TAAS partner low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary clinics. TAAS assist with pet care when pet owners are ill or hospitalized.

Atlantic Rottweiler Rescue And Friends, Mooresvile, NC

We are a small all-volunteer rescue organization with seasoned rescuers who have been rescuing and placing dogs for many years. Our mission is is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs.  ARRF does not have a shelter and depends on the generosity of our foster homes who open their homes and hearts to our dogs.   All of our dogs are evaluated for temperament and personality which helps to place them in the homes that are best suited for their needs and the needs of their future owners.  Our volunteers receive no pay and all money given to and raised by ARRF through donations, adoptions, events, and fundraisers goes directly to benefit our rescued dogs.  We work closely with other rescue groups and animal shelters to find you your next furry friend.

Biscuit Foundation, Burlington, NC

The Biscuit Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit organization founded in 2008 to assure pet owners peace of mind by providing care for their pet in the event of the owner’s sickness, hospitalization or terminal illness. It is our commitment that no pet be surrendered to a shelter and perhaps face euthanasia due to the fact their owner became terminally ill or passed away. We are committed to offering hope to pet owners when faced with making life-changing decisions concerning the future of their pet. Being an all-volunteer foundation, we strive to build a strong network of supporters that believe in our cause. With hard work and dedication the Biscuit Foundation seeks to grow and help pet owners in these difficult times.

Blue Ridge Humane Society, Hendersonville, NC 

Our Shelter is located on 8 acres in a country setting, our facility is newly renovated with 4 fenced outdoor play areas.   Cats and kittens are in cage-free rooms.  We take care of 88 animals every day of the year.   Last year we obtained a new adoption high!  735 animals were adopted from our Shelter!    We couldn’t be happier!   Our Shelter is open to the public 6 days a week.  Closed only on Mondays.   Our Staff is the best and works hard to find the right fit for every animal and possible adopter!   We love happy endings! We assisted over 1,000 animals through our shelter and with the different community programs we provide.    We assist the public with spay/neuter procedures for their pets; we have an emergency medical fund and a community pet food bank that helps families struggling with keeping their pet at home!

Boston Terrier Rescue Team of Carolinas, High Point, NC 

BTRTOC's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and find new adoptive homes for Boston Terriers surrendered by private owners and obtained from kill shelters. Our volunteers are located in NC, SC, VA, and GA. BTRTOC provides veterinary care for our dogs to include spay and neuter,microchip, and vaccines. We also address all medical issues including necessary surgeries and heart worm treatment. When dogs go to their forever homes, they will have experienced a temporary safe haven where they have known love and compassion, some for the very first time.

Carolina Boxer Rescue, Wilmington, NC 

Carolina Boxer Rescue is a volunteer run rescue serving North and South Carolina (and parts of Virginia). The rescue has saved over 2,000 boxers over the years. The rescue's mission is to provide a loving and safe environment for stray, abused, impounded and owner surrendered Boxers by placing them in foster homes and ultimately forever homes. With the support of many who foster, adopt, donate, and raise money, the organization is able to spread the word about adopting, help raise awareness about animal cruelty and abuse, and continue to save the nubs!

Carteret County Humane Society, Newport, NC 

Carteret County Humane Society located in Newport on the East Coast and is a non-profit animal shelter that takes in all stray and owner surrenders within Carteret County. We rely on donations from our community to help care for and adopt out as many animals as possible. With each donation it helps provide food, supplies, and also medical care for our animals.  Our shelter also provides a spay and neuter program and a free food program for people in need within our community.  Our staff and volunteers are extremely thankful for each and every donation.

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue, Fletcher, NC

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned, neglected, and often abused animals. Some are immediately placed in a foster home, some are brought to Safe Haven, our kennel located in Fletcher, NC. From there, we work with other rescue groups in the Northeast who accept many of our local dogs and cats and/or find loving local homes for them. Every animal rescued by Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue is seen by a Veterinarian, vaccinated, tested for heart worms, treated for any medical conditions, and spayed or neutered. We care for each of the animals until they are either adopted locally or transported to another rescue group.

Clifford's Army Rescue, Shelby, NC 

Clifford’s Army Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that defines the word “rescue”.  Saving and fostering our own abandoned, homeless dogs, until we find the perfect forever homes for them, and working with rescues throughout the United States to help save even more.  We work hard to save the lives of dogs in local kill shelters, along with those networked on free sites that could end up there or in the hands of the wrong people.  We also help with those in need with food and vetting for their pets.  Our Army is made up of  caring, concerned volunteers who are willing to go the extra mile to save a life.  We look forward to the day when we eliminate the need for euthanization at our county run kill shelter.  We work solely from charitable donations and encourage all to join the Army in our fight to save lives.

Family Addition Dog Rescue, Charlotte, NC 

Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte is a small group of like minded individuals who dedicate their homes and their hearts to providing refuge to the many abandoned, abused and neglected dogs of our community. We believe a dog is a member of the family and we require 100% committed owners for our adoptions. All dogs are fully vetted, altered and heart worm negative.  We also make sure all dogs in our care have been provided any medical care needed before being adopted. This is where donations are so vitally important. We appreciate the opportunity to be considered in this contest! 

Fortitudine Vincimus, Asheboro, NC 

Fortitudine Vincimus, Latin for, "By Endurance We Conquer." The Fort (for short) is A Non-Discriminatory Pit Bull Rescue. While our focus is primarily The American Pit Bull Terrier, a life is a life and we will never discriminate against a dog (or cat) based on breed.Founded in 2012, The Fort is a Non-Profit, No-Kill Rescue dedicated to alleviating the suffering of all animals, in particular The American Pit Bull Terrier. In an area with rampant overpopulation our focus is education, legislation, spay/neuter, community outreach and getting every animal in to a loving, caring home.

Franny's Friends, Lumberton, NC

'Franny's Friends' is a 501(c)3 animal rescue that boards and fosters over 100 dogs per year in our own homes. Some are special needs & require additional costs and care. All dogs are fully vetted & if old enough - altered at our expense.  Thanks to our kind supporters, some costs are subsidized, though we also require financial assistance from animal lovers, like you.  To ensure our "fur-kids" are placed in safe and loving homes, we require all adopters and foster parents to submit an application that is followed by a background check and a home visit. 

Friends for Animals, the Humane Society of Burke County, Morganton, NC

Friends for Animals, the Humane Society of Burke County, began in the backyard of its founders, Toni and Ed Davis in 1997, and later moved to the adoption center in 2003.  Over the last 18 years, we have saved approximately twenty one thousand animals from euthanasia. We operate solely on adoption income, donations and grants, as we receive no county, state or federal funding. We save our intakes from the local animal control facility. Once an animal is in our care it is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped and heart worm tested, before finding its forever home. We believe in giving our animals the happy, healthy life they deserve.

Friends for Life Forever Farm, Lake Toxaway, NC

The Friends for Life Forever Farm is a sanctuary for senior and special needs companion animals. Located between Cashiers and Brevard in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, the Forever Farm is home to approximately one hundred and twenty cats, fifty dogs and four horses. Our residents enjoy a home like environment consisting of both private and group living rooms, screened porches for the cats and large fenced grassy play areas for the dogs. Some of our residents will be adopted into loving homes, but most, who may be very old or ill, will remain at the Forever Farm for the rest of their lives. The Forever Farm is licensed and inspected by the state of North Carolina.  Friends for Life is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dependent on tax deductible donations to sustain its operation.

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love, Thomasville, NC 

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love is a group of dedicated volunteers that rescue Great Danes and other large breed dogs when we can. Great Dane Friends is dedicated to saving these dogs even if they have special needs or health problems. Many rescues pass up dogs that would be too expensive to help and adopt out. We take these dogs, get them the medical treatment needed and find them wonderful loving homes and give them a second chance! Great Dane Friends is proud to be a rescue that will go as far with medical care as is necessary to restore a dog’s quality of life.  We also never give up on a dog because of their medical condition.   We are a 100% foster based rescue and do not use kennels or outside pens for the dogs in our care.  All of our dogs live in a foster home with a family until they are adopted.

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Staley, NC

Happy Hills Animal Foundation, Inc. is one of two state licensed shelter facilities in Randolph County, North Carolina. The other is operated by the county. Although great strides have been made to improve adoptions at the county animal control facility, the county remains over crowded with greater than 80 percent euthanasia rate. For the past 33 years Happy Hills has provided shelter for the homeless animals of Randolph County and surrounding areas. Valuable services that are provided from our shelter are Adoption programs and humane education programs in order to better equip our community to succeed as responsible pet owners.

Happy Tails Rescue, Maiden, NC 

Happy Tails Rescue, Inc. is a small 501c3 NC non-profit K9 rescue organization who takes in animals that are in urgent need, in bad situations, or have found themselves in high kill shelters.  We are animal advocates who promote companion animals as family members and work toward educating the general public to ensure they will never end up homeless and unwanted ever again.  They don't have a voice of their own, we have to speak for them and protect them all.  We will not give up until the world is educated on the importance of animals' lives and until God's creatures are treated fairly.  

Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue, Conover, NC

Hartman’s Haven Dog Rescue saves dogs from local kill shelters in NC. We foster these animals locally until they get adopted or moved to a partner rescue for adoption. Our mission is to make our community a better place for animals and in return give people the wonderful everlasting companionship of a loving dog. Our strategic focus areas to accomplish this include: helping the dogs in the county animal control facilities and adopting them into caring, responsible homes; providing education to the community; endeavoring to reduce animal overpopulation; and serving as an advocate for animals and being their voice.

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue, Old Fort, NC

Healing Hearts Small Animal Rescue Inc. is a small, foster home based rescue located in Old Fort, NC.  We work very close with the McDowell County Animal Shelter by rescuing animals and taking everything into our rescue from mice to farm animals that need our help.  Our rescue specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of puppy mill dogs, senior dogs, orphaned puppies and special needs dogs.  We are also licensed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife (squirrels, rabbits, possums and groundhogs) and release the animals back into their native habitat.

Hope Animal Rescue, Durham, NC

Hope Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of stray and abandoned animals in North Carolina. We promote compassionate and humane treatment of animals through the rescue, sterilization, foster care and adoption of homeless dogs and cats. HAR was founded in 2013 to give hope to shelter pets when there was none. All pets that are rescued are placed into approved foster homes until they are adopted, where many of them experience love, warmth and a kind voice for the first time in their lives. In just two years, over 400 lives have been saved. 

Humane Society of Catawba County, Hickory, NC

HSCC has been an advocate for homeless animals in the community for over 30 years. HSCC mission is: To make our community a better place by serving as an advocate for companion animals. Our vision for the future is that no adoptable animal will be euthanized in Catawba County, and that animal cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals will cease to exist. 
Since 2007, HSCC has operated from a new facility where annually over 1,000 homeless animals are adopted out into their forever homes. Every animal has been sterilized, vaccinated and tested (dogs, Heartworm test, cats, Felv/FIV). In the same facility HSCC through Foothills Clinic operates a low cost spay/ neuter clinic where annually over 5,000 public animals are spay or neutered, preventing many hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals being surrendered to local shelters. 

Independent Animal Rescue, Durham, NC

Imagine our community with 500 fewer homeless animals.  That’s 500 fewer cats and dogs wondering where their next meals will come from, where they will sleep and whether or not they’ll ever be loved.  Imagine nearly 2,000 feral cats spayed and neutered, which ultimately could mean many fewer homeless cats in the future. This is exactly the change Independent Animal Rescue made in 2014! For 20 years our all-volunteer organization, comprised of foster homes, has worked to bring about a time when there are no homeless, neglected, or suffering companion animals in the Triangle and has matched thousands of dogs and cats with loving owners.

Ironstone Lane Rescue & Stables, Troutman, NC

Our mission is to rescue animals from situations that are abusive, endangering and neglectful, which includes, but not limited to, owner surrenders, strays, kill shelters, puppy mills and backyard breeders and find them loving forever homes.  As a result of our passion and love for animals, we founded Ironstone Lane Rescue & Stables. From 2010-2014 we have saved/placed over 800 dogs/cats in loving forever homes.   We provide spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, emergency vetting and procedures required to provide a better life for the dogs/cats we rescue.  Our focus for 2015 is to continue our mission….saving those in need! 

The Johnston County Animal Protection League, Smithfield, NC

The Johnston County Animal Protection League (JCAPL) was formed in 2001 with a vision of creating a spay/neuter program for Johnston County, NC.  Our goal is to stop the killing of more than 3400 pets a year by preventing the unwanted litters in our county.  In Johnston County there are no county-based rescue organizations offering a low cost program.  We are working to resolve this, and become the first non-profit organization in Johnston County, NC to offer vouchers for low cost spay/neuters. The funds we receive from the Sun Dog 130 contest would be dedicate 100% to our spay/neuter program.

Kreitzer's Critter Corral Puppy Rescue, Harrisburg, NC 

Kreitzer's Critter Corral Puppy Rescue is a Christian based, 501c3 non-profit puppy rescue in Cabarrus County. Our Mission is to provide a safe & loving environment for puppies, pregnant female dogs and female dogs that have recently given birth.  Educate people on the importance of spaying & neutering their pets, making sure their pets are kept current on shots, heart-worm and flea preventative. We help people to understand that pets are not disposable. They are to be members of the family and not thrown away.

Lazy Cat Rescue, Woodfin, NC

Lazy Cat Rescue is small but determined to grow into the premier cat rescue in the Carolinas. We are dedicated cat advocates whose efforts include assisting shelters and community members by providing vetting and supplies, promoting adoptable animals through social media networking and community outreach and public adoption events. We believe that every cat that enters an Animal Shelter system whether domestic or feral deserves a second chance at a happy life. Through our efforts we hope to expand our current operations to rescue from under served community shelters with high intake and kill rates due to a lack of resources, rural location and financial demographic.

Loving Pet Inn Adoptions, High Point, NC

Loving Pet Inn Adoptions was organized in 2010 as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization.  LPIA rescues abandoned, breeder, puppy mill and shelter dogs and cats, takes care of their medical and rehabilitation needs and adopts them to stable, loving homes. We strive to find the best possible match for the pets in our care.   5/1/2010 - 12/1/2014, LPIA has had 532 adoptions.  We are a small organization in High Point, NC with great hopes to spay/neuter our way out of the pet overpopulation and the euthanasia problem. We promote and provide spay/neuter assistance to the community. We have FUNDED 3211 Spay/Neuter surgeries through our S.T.O.P - Spay Today Outreach Program preventing 17092 unwanted births.  LPIA is an all volunteer based non-profit that receives no funding from the state, county, or city.

Macon County Humane Society/Appalachian Animal Rescue, Franklin, NC

We have been a non-profit 501c3 since 1964. We do not get any county, state or government funding of any kind, we run off donations and our thrift store. We take into our shelter around 600 pets (dogs, pups, cats & kittens) a year and we adopt out around the same. We do not euthanize for space or time only if an animal can’t be saved, but we try to do all we can. We also have a spay and neuter program and we do 1200 to 1500 pets a year. We take dogs and cats from our local kill shelter whenever we have space.  We do not discriminate if they are hurt or sick; we take them in and raise the funds for their Veterinary care.

The Merit Pit Bull Foundation, Greensboro, NC 

The Merit Pit Bull Foundation strives for a compassionate world where pit bull type dogs live in responsible homes and where owner education, training, and anti-cruelty legislation support all pet owners regardless of breed. Founded in 2012, The Merit Pit Bull Foundation has placed hundreds of deserving dogs into loving homes with the help of our dedicated network of fosters and volunteers. We work closely with the local community to provide resources to pets and pet-owners in need, and to help combat the overpopulation. By working with community partners such as shelters, other rescues, and low-cost spay and neuter programs, The Merit Pit Bull Foundation is able to maximize its impact. Because we are a volunteer-run organization, and do not operate a facility, every donated dollar goes directly to help the dogs in our care.

North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue, Holly Springs, NC

North Carolina Schnauzer Rescue (NCSR) is a 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer group that works in North Carolina to rescue, assess through fostering, care for medical needs, and adopt out pure-bred miniature schnauzers. We also strive to educate the public on schnauzer-specific and other canine issues, and support spay/neuter for all family pets to help reduce pet overpopulation. NCSR does not have a central shelter location - our rescue group is made up of foster homes throughout the state of North Carolina, with concentrations of membership in the greater Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Asheville, and Wilmington areas.

North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue, Charlotte, NC 

North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue has been saving lives and supporting the Charlotte area for 15 years.  We have found homes for approximately 4000 dogs, as well as the occasional cat.  The situations into which we have waded have often been quite intense...from abandoned puppies in parking lot dumpsters pulled to safety minutes before the compacting truck arrived, to bait dogs left for dead on the side of the road after being tossed from fighting rings.  On a daily basis we free dogs minutes from death at local pounds, and take in pets cast aside by their owners through no fault of the animal.  Our lives can go from heart-breaking to ecstatic repeatedly from the time we wake until the time we fall asleep.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Operation Topcat, Sneads Ferry, NC

Operation Topcat, a non profit 501(c)(3) organization,  was incorporated in 1996 to address the problems of an overwhelming number of stray and feral cats on Topsail Island  North Carolina and the neighboring areas of Jacksonville  and  Wilmington, NC. Major funding comes from loyal donors and friends.  We also hold yard sales, raffles, and other one-time events.  We have no paid employees and no shelter. Our volunteers are very generous in donating their time and money to the care of the cats and kittens preparing them for adoption.  We take pride in keeping our administrative costs low so that the overwhelming percentage of money goes directly to the cats.

Pawfect Match Rescue, Holly Springs, NC 

PMR&R  is a 501c3 non profit dog rescue that saves dogs and puppies from rural high kill shelters across the state of N.C.   We also help with abuse and neglect cases, puppy mills, and dogs in medical need. We are an all volunteer,  foster home based organization that saves and adopts out 300-400 dogs and puppies each year.  One of our missions is to educate the general population on the importance of responsible pet ownership including the importance of spay and neutering.  All PMR&R dogs are UTD on vaccines, are spayed/neutered, microchipped, and on heartworm and flea/tick prevention at the time of adoption.

Paws4ever, Mebane, NC

Paws4ever makes a life-long commitment to animals and is dedicated to improving the lives of cats and dogs through adoption, training, and education. For over 50 years Paws4ever has been saving lives and completing families in our community. As the only guaranteed-adoption sanctuary in our area, Paws4ever partners primarily with county shelters to rescue and care for the homeless animals that need it most. In addition to adoption services, Paws4ever provides the most affordable array of dog training classes in our area, as well as Legacy Care, which allows pet owners to plan ahead for the care of their animals.

Peak Lab Rescue, Apex, NC 

Peak Lab Rescue started in 2007 as a passionate hobby led by a retired nurse who wanted to make a difference in the lives of Labrador retrievers in the shelters of North Carolina. Through an enthusiastic, well-trained network of volunteer foster families, drivers and adopters, more than 3,000 Labs and lab mixes in the Carolinas have been saved over the past 8 years. Our all-volunteer team does it purely for the love of dogs, placing our Labs and Lab mixes in caring foster homes until they have been adopted by loving, responsible, “forever” families. Our vision is to see these deserving best friends placed in a loving, responsible home with shelter, food, water and regular veterinary care.

Pender Humane Society, Burgaw, NC

Pender Humane Society is a small rescue with a BIG heart!! The proudest thing we tell people is that we are a "NO KILL" rescue!  When  animals come to our rescue there is no time limit for them to leave.  We vet them  and deal with any health concerns the vet might encounter.  This might end up costing a lot, but the end result makes it all worth the expense. Our rescue had a tentative start in the 1970s by a husband and wife team who tried to help the dogs of Burgaw.  With little help from the community they could not continue.  Lucky for the animals they were able to help!  We believe that there is a higher power guiding us in everything we do.  We have experienced many miracles in life of this rescue.  We are proud to be helping the dogs and cats of the area!  They are like our families. 

Project Racing Home, Randleman, NC

Project Racing Home Greyhound Adoptions opened its Kennel in 2003. Our mission is to educate the public about greyhounds as pets.  When their athletic days end, greyhounds take retirement seriously. The purpose of PRH is to care for as many as 54 hounds and place them into loving homes. We offer ongoing support to help your hound adapt to its new environment. Our goal is "The right hound in the right home with the right family." We take into consideration personalities and lifestyles of the hound and prospective new owner. Let one of these beautiful animals race into your home and heart.

Richmond County Animal Advocates, Rockingham, NC

Richmond County Animal Advocates was established in 2012 as an alternative to the local shelter. We do NOT have a facility, instead RCAA members open their homes to shelter animals that are doomed for euthanasia and owner surrendered pets.We offer discount cat spay/neuters, help rehome unwanted puppies and spay the mothers, provide the community with dog houses, food, bedding, and emergency vet care in times of need. We are a HANDS on group and we spend a lot of time networking these animals from Richmond County so they can go to no kill groups across the country.

Ruff Love Rescue,  Thomasville, NC 

Ruff Love Rescue (RLR) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), no-kill dog rescue and foster care organization dedicated to the care of abused, neglected and abandoned dogs. For over 15 years we have worked tirelessly to find homes for countless dogs and to continue our work we need your support. Most of our volunteers, including RLR founder and president, Sue Rogers, have full time jobs. We save dogs in our spare time and all of our dogs live in private foster homes - we have no facility.  We typically have about  100 dogs living with foster families. RLR is dependent entirely on community donations and fundraisers.

SAFE Animal Haven, Matthews, NC

S.A.F.E. Animal Haven is a small group of compassionate animal lovers who believe that every abandoned, neglected, abused and homeless animal deserves a chance.  We gravitate toward the dogs who have unadoptable characteristics and who are often overlooked. We believe in participating in charitable deeds, networking with others, educating the public both young and old and dedicating ourselves to enrich the lives of the dogs in our community.  We are a foster care organization who believes that saving one dog will not change the world but for that one dog the world will change.  

Sassy Paws Angel Rescue, Denver, NC                                                                                              

Sassy Paws Angel Rescue is a NC Incorporated 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization working towards a No Kill Tomorrow. We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home shelter animals on death row at kill shelters and provide a safe haven for stray, abandoned, or abused/neglected dogs. We do not have a facility yet but utilize foster homes to provide the care and safety of our rescues until adoption! We rely solely on a network of foster homes and volunteers. We receive no federal funding and count on the generosity of others to help defray the costs, So that we may continue saving lives.

SOS Feline Rescue, Waxhaw, NC

SOS Feline Rescue is a small, all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization working to save sick, injured, and otherwise homeless cats and kittens in the greater Charlotte area. Our organization includes two bottle feeders who provide neonatal care for newborn kittens. We foster our rescues in our own homes and 100% of every donation is used to support their care. We work with independent rescuers and shelters to assist in their rescue efforts and to maximize the number of lives saved. Since being formed in October 2012, SOS has rescued over 80 cats/kittens and has placed nearly 60 into permanent homes.

Southern Reptile Saviors Rescue, Wilmington, NC 

Southern Reptile Saviors Rescue Inc is located in Wilmington, NC. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of all types of reptiles. Staffed by herpetologists, veterinarians, licensed rehabilitators and volunteers, we have rescued hundreds of animals that many people consider disposable. We also teach conservation, husbandry and the importance of reptiles in our ecosystem. We have adoption days at the local Petco store, in addition to listings on pet finders, rescue me and paw prints. It’s not just the furry animals that deserve a warm, loving home. Rescue...adopt...foster...love.

The SPCA of the Triad, Greensboro, NC

The SPCA of the Triad is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  We have three missions in the Piedmont-Triad community: The rescue of animals, the education of the community, and spay/neuter promotion.  Our most recent and notable accomplishments are rescuing and rehabilitating a neglected and deaf white Boxer, a deformed Beagle puppy who was going to be killed by her breeder because she was not useful to him, and a bundle of severely unsocialized Chihuahuas saved from an out-of-control animal hoarder.  We receive no funding from the government or any national organizations.  Donations are our lifeline to saving innocent animals in the Triad in need of a second chance.

Stanly County Humane Society, Albemarle, NC

We are a non-profit animal rescue organization located throughout Stanly County, North Carolina. We have been established since June 20th, 2005. Our humane society is comprised of hardworking volunteers, generous donations, and an amazing devotion to help animals. What drives us, you ask? That would be our mission to promote the humane treatment of animals. We succeed in our mission by consistently reaching out into our community and educating the general public about animal rights and what we do. Knowing that we can always help our community learn more and more about proper animal treatment is a reminder of just how important our job is.

Underdog Ranch Pet Adoptions, Angier, NC

At Underdog Ranch Pet Adoptions, a volunteer run nonprofit organization, located in Angier, North Carolina, our mission is to protect the lives of stray, abused, and/or homeless companion animals and place them in loving permanent homes as family members.  We currently receive dogs from local animal shelters, animal cruelty investigations, and rescued strays. We have a centralized location where most of our dogs reside and others are fostered in volunteers’ homes where they are socialized, trained, loved and spoiled until placement in their forever homes. Please be a voice for the animals and vote for Underdog Ranch.

Wheels 4 Paws, Rockingham, NC 

We are a volunteer/donation supported service providing transport for animals coming from high-kill shelters on their way to rescues, fosters/new homes,  and ready to go at a moment’s notice for emergency transports.  Rescues we have transported for, Dogs Deserve Better, Gentle Giants and Eagles Den Rescue.  We received our Federal 501(c) 3 status in November 2014, back dated to April 2013. ”Our Mission” is to have every person care for one fur baby, be it monetarily, physically, or by volunteering…to save from abuse, neglect or being killed or at least give all we have.

Please remember to support shelters in your community. You would be surprised how much good they are able to do with very few resources. Every dollar you contribute goes goes far toward keeping animals safe throughout NC.