Local Shelters & Organizations

Adopt-an-Angel - Assists municipal shelters (Animal Controls) by providing satellite adoption sites thereby increasing the number of animals adopted, to educate the public about the necessity of spaying and neutering and to educate about the plight of homeless animals in our community. (official site)

All 4 Cats - a no-kill cat rescue and community outreach located in Wilmington, NC. They are an all-volunteer organization and their mission is saving and improving the lives of cats. Their primary focus is working with the community to rescue stray cats. They nurse animals back to health, spay/neuter, socialize, and find them permanent and loving homes. When able, they also work with local animal shelters to rescue and re-home pets. 

Brunswick County Animal Services - Adoptions, Rabies Awareness and Education. Dog fighting is a felony and BCAS offers a reward of up to $3000.00 for information leading to felony convictions. (official site)

Cape Fear Rescue League - Based in Whiteville, NC CFRL is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue group serving Coastal NC. Each year CFRL places 200+ pets in loving homes.

CAPS-Carolina Animal Protection Society  - A non-profit society dedicated to saving Onslow County dogs and cats that have been abandoned, abused or neglected. (official site)

Cat Adoption Team - A no-kill, state-inspected non-profit foster care rescue group who takes in strays, semi-feral, abandoned, previously owned and neglected cats - as well as dogs.  They give them love, shelter, food, rehabilitation, and medical care.  The cats and dogs are all spayed or neutered and vaccinated prior to being placed.

Cat Tails: Cat Adoption Services - A non-profit organization comprised of dedicated, cat-loving people who have come together to benefit the feline population in Brunswick County. (official site)

Columbus Humane Society - A non-profit organization established to: promote responsible pet ownership; reduce numbers of unwanted animals by encouraging pet owners to spay or neuter; improve conditions at the Columbus County Animal Shelter; and provide more opportunities for adoptions. (official website)

Cumberland County Animal Control - Their mission is to provide the citizens of Cumberland County with effective and cost efficient Animal Control Services by active enforcement of State and local laws, the humane sheltering and disposal of stray and unwanted animals, and the promotion of responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Diamonds in the Ruff Canine Rescue - a group of volunteer dog lovers that rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. The mission of Diamonds in the Ruff Canine Rescue is to find healthy, loving, lifelong homes for dogs already born into this world. Most of the animals rescued come directly from their local animal shelter. The group believes in taking care of the existing dogs and puppies instead of supporting breeding that most often results in suffering and homeless animals.

Fresh Start Rescue - a registered 501c3 animal rescue located in coastal North Carolina. They consist of a group of volunteers who are passionate about saving the lives of homeless, unwanted, or injured reptiles. They foster, rehab, and rehome every type of reptile out there, from snakes to lizards and everything in between.

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love - helps people to: Determine the right breed for their lifestyle. Find healthy, compatible dogs who fit their wants and needs. Find new homes for dogs whose families can no longer keep them. Provide all necessary medical care to return the Dane to good health.

Lenoir County SPCA - Dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals through: Shelter and care for homeless, neglected & abused animals; Adoption, Foster, & Rescue programs to place animals in loving homes; Spay/Neuter education to decrease pet overpopulation; Education on responsible pet ownership, animal advocacy, and how to report animal abuse & neglect; Advocacy with local, state and national decision makers. (official website)

M&M Fur-Ever Furbabies - A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization located in Cameron NC. M&M's was founded in 2013 and was inspired by the overwhelming pet population in our state & county. A small family based animal rescue that saves the lives of stray, abused, neglected, surrendered animals and specializes in special needs pets.

Monty's Home - Pawsitive Partners Prison Program - The Pawsitive Partners Prison Program is one of a series of programs offered by Monty’s Home, a non-profit organization.  The goal of this program is to rescue homeless dogs and place them with inmates in a correctional facility for supervised training to prepare the rescued dogs for adoption with approved families. 

New Hanover County Animal Control Services - Their mission is protect the community from the threat of rabies virus exposure and to ensure proper animal care through prevention, public perception and education.

New Hanover Humane Society - Dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and unwanted companion animals by providing temporary shelter while finding loving and responsible permanent homes. (Official website)

OCPAW- Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare (OC-PAW) is an organization of Onslow County individuals who are highly motivated animal advocates. We are funded entirely by donation and fundraisers, we are a 501(c)(3)and donations are tax deductible.

Onslow County Animal Shelter- The mission of Onslow County Animal Services is to promote responsible pet ownership; animal care; community safety; market animals for adoption; reduce pet overpopulation; implement education programs; and advertise its services. The continuing mission of the Onslow County Animal Services is to care for the animals at the shelter, prevent animal cruelty, serve and protect the public, and to perform these functions in a professional manner.

PAWS Place - A  5 acre no-kill humanitarian facility, operating entirely on donations and volunteers, out of a love for animals. Paw’s Place’s mission is LIFE, and they pursue it four ways: They save pets; nurse them back to health; provide a sanctuary for those that are unable to be adopted; and most important of all, find them loving homes - no matter how long it takes. (Official website)

Pender County Animal Shelter  - Animal Control facility with an adoption program located in Pender County.

Pender County Humane Society - A volunteer based non-profit organization funded by donations, memberships and fees. They are dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and unwanted animals by providing shelter and medical care while finding loving and responsible permanent homes. (Official website)

Pet Friend of Duplin County - Promotes spaying and neutering, vaccinating, providing animal care, and companion animal welfare.

Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) - Bringing the community together through awareness and action for pets in need.

SOAR- Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue - A no-kill three acre private, humanitarian facility, operated entirely  by volunteers out of love for animals. It accommodates lost, abandoned and injured dogs and cats, giving our animal friends a chance at life, an opportunity to be loved and hopefully a new and loving adopted family.

Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington - An all volunteer foster program dedicated to the rescue and adoption of dogs in need.  They provide medical attention, training and spay/neuter to dogs who have been determined to be good adoption candidates. They make every attempt to adopt dogs to responsible, loving individuals and strive to inform the public about the importance of spaying and neutering and providing their pet with good medical attention, including heartworm prevention.

Thundering Paws Pet Adoption Center - Dedicated to the Prevention of Cruelty to animals through the rescue, care for and placement of rescued dogs and cats and to provide education on the care of dogs and cats.