For every pet owner, the bond between human and animal is strong. Despite the language barrier, we and our pets are able to communicate just through the tilt of a head and the perking of ears, or through a soft mew and a warm purr. We understand one another. After a long day, nothing welcomes us home better than the sight of an animal who has missed our companionship.
Through the dedication of shelters and organizations all across the country, America has made great steps toward ending animal overpopulation and homelessness. Since 1970, the number of dogs and cats in homes has increased by about 1 billion animals, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Meanwhile, the number of dogs and cats euthanized annually has decreased from an estimated 20 million to 3 million.
While the statistics are showing positive signs of growth, one must ask: If 2.7 million shelter animals are not being adopted each year, why is it that only about 30 percent of America’s pets come from shelters and rescues?
Certain breeds are desirable, of course, but many can be found through such rescue groups. My college roommate even adopted a purebred Papillon from New Hanover County’s Animal Control. The pup’s owner was evicted and she had to give up the dog; my friend was able to bring him to a safe and happy home. With all the reasons dogs, cats, and other animals become homeless—one only has to do a little search to rescue a new friend (at a much better price than buying from a breeder, I might add).
If you cannot provide a home to an animal, please consider fostering one. Even a short slumber party at one person’s home can save a pet from being unnecessarily put to sleep.
If fostering is not an option, I hope that you may donate—be it money, food, or supplies—or volunteer with one of the following organizations. Many of these not only run adoptions but also spay and neuter strays to prevent further population increase amongst homeless animals. Everything adds up, and everything helps.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office
Animal Protective Services
• Physical Address: 429 Green Swamp Rd.
Supply, NC 28462
• Mailing Address: PO Box 92
Supply, NC 28462
In July 2012, Sheriff Ingram took over leadership of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services. We are committed to protecting the safety of citizens and animals within our community. Our goals are to create community partnerships to promote responsible pet ownership, decrease the overpopulation of domestic pets through spay-neuter programs and education, and to find every adoptable dog or cat a perfect, loving home. We hold off-site adoption fairs throughout Brunswick County several times a week—be sure to check our Facebook page (Brunswick Sheriff’s Animal Adoption Page) for information on our events and adoptable animals!
Adopting at our shelter on Green Swamp Road Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cat Tails Cat Adoption Service
6622 Beach Dr.
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
(910) 253-1375 • www.cattails.org
We are a no-kill facility for kittens and cats. Our kittens have age-appropriate vaccinations, FIV-FeLV-testing, and spay/neuter surgery before being offered for adoption.
Adopting at the facility on Wed. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adopting at PetSmart in Wilmington on Fri. from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sat. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3701 E. Boiling Spring Rd.
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 845-7297 • www.pawsplace.org
We are a privately run, non-profit, no-kill dog rescue facility located on five acres of land in Boiling Spring Lakes. We were founded in 1999 by Nancy Janovetz. We offer refuge to the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs in our community. We are also a retirement facility for those that, for one reason or another, do not find that special home. Most of all, we are dedicated to finding dogs a loving home, no matter how long it takes—one life at a time. We are currently home to 30 dogs; five are “retired.”
Adopting on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first and third Saturdays of each month, the “meet-and-greets” are held at Four Legs Good in Southport. The second and fourth Saturdays, they are held at Unleashed of Wilmington in the Landfall Shopping Center.
Southport/Oak Island Animal
3376 St. Charles Pl., Southport, NC 28461
(910) 457-6340 • www.soar-nc.org
SOAR is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue providing safe shelter, medical treatment, healthy food, daily care and lots of love to lost and abandoned dogs and cats. Our goal is to give these animals everything they need to have a 2nd chance in life and find their “furr-ever” home. SOAR functions solely on the monetary donations of our gracious sponsors, as well as the time and efforts of our dedicated and faithful volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers so please call or come by for volunteer information!
Adopting at the facility on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the week by appointment (M-F, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. only).
R.A.C.E: Rescue Animals
PO Box 3370, Shallotte, NC 28459
(910) 547-2839 • www.raceshelter.org
We rescue dogs, cats, birds, and small animals in any breed. nimal behaviorists and groomers have joined along with R.A.C.E. to rehabilitate pets in need so they will be healthy, adoptable animals. Adopting on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; locations are listed every week on our website.
PO Box 15095, Wilmington, NC 28408
(910) 392-0557 • www.adoptanangel.net
Adopting at Petco in Wilmington every Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cats and kittens at Petco, Pet Supermarket in Wilmington or at PetSense in Shallotte daily.