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There's always something new at Paws4ever! We host events of all kinds to bring the community together and have fun with our four-legged friends. See what's on our calendar below.


  • Become a Paws Pal


    Root Beer Saved a Life and So Can You!

    beginning today!

    Dear Friend:

    In 2012 I adopted Root Beer, a Chocolate Labrador puppy, from Paws4ever. I was drawn in by his loving face and big yellow-brown eyes. He could make you laugh just by the way he ran, and soon my whole family had fallen in love with his sweet personality.

    Unfortunately I have developed multiple sclerosis and one day I fell in the bathroom and was unable to get up because of medical complications. Root Beer dutifully stayed with me after the fall. When my husband came in from outside, I yelled for his help, but he couldn't hear me over the TV. Root Beer ran back and forth until my husband finally followed him into the bathroom and was able to help me. Let's just say Root Beer got his own steak for dinner that night!

    Because of my declining health and having to move to a new home, my family and I made the difficult decision to return Root Beer to Paws4ever. This incredibly tough decision was made a little easier because I know Paws4ever won't put him to sleep and won't give him to just anyone. I still think about Root Beer every day. We had a unique bond, and I miss his companionship.

    Become a Paws Pal today.

    To help make sure my family member is taken care of, I decided to sponsor Root Beer by setting up a monthly donation to Paws4ever. I know that caring for animals can be quite costly and that a consistent donation is the best thing I can do to support the organization.

    Please join me in becoming a Paws Pal monthly sponsor, providing much-needed funds to care for dogs and cats as they await their forever homes. Every dollar is a tremendous help, and consistent giving allows Paws4ever to rescue animals with confidence, knowing that the funds will be available as needed!

    Your monthly donation will mean so much to animals just like Root Beer.


    P.S. Sign up online today! Your recurring online donation is secure and flexible. You choose the amount you wish to give each month and you can change or cancel your pledge at any time.

    Questions? Please contact or (919) 304.2300 x104.

  • Volunteer awards

    Our volunteers are recognized!

    This is the third consecutive year that Paws4ever volunteers have won the NC Governor's Award for excellence in volunteer service.

    The NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service announced the winners of the 2014 Governor's Volunteer Service Award at a recent luncheon. The awards were presented by the Honorable Verla Insko of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

    Deb Blake, of Paws4ever, won the 2014 NC Governor's Award for Volunteer Service! This is a very high honor, and Deb represented Paws4ever in the Perseverance in Volunteerism category. Read about Deb here.

    Deb also received WCHL's Village Pride Award! Listen to the interview here.

    The Beatty Family represented Paws4ever beautifully in the Family category. Although they did not win this year, they were represented in the most moving photos in the slide presentation, showing Marisa Beatty working lovingly with our shelter animals.

    Congratulations and thank you to all our dedicated and passionate volunteers!

    • Happy Tails


      Paws4ever Animals in Their New Homes

      This month's featured animal: Jack

      We LOVE Jack! He is the gentlest and sweetest natured cat, and he has fit right in at home with us. We adopted Jack in March when we wanted our other cat Leo (who we adopted from you 7 years ago) to have a friend around the house. Being both males we were hoping for the best but prepared for some male dominance issues. We had nothing to worry about, they got along like they were long lost brothers. Just what we wanted!

      Then in June, our cat Leo died from a heart murmur that we had been treating for a number of years. My husband and I cried a lot that day. If not for our sweet cat Jack to help us through the pain, we don't know what we would have done. I think maybe it was fate that Leo had us adopt Jack at that time, because he knew we would need that comfort.

      Thank you, Paws4ever, for all you do!

    • Quick Training Tips

      Training photo

      from Julie Jenkins

      Dog Training Manager

      Is your dog rowdy or hyper-active?
      Help your pet get the proper amount of exercise! Many behavior issues are rooted in boredom or under-stimulation. Walks are a good start, but a two-mile walk is just a warm-up for many dogs. Teach your dog to play fetch and play with him until he’s tired once a day. Dog parks are another option, offering the company and play benefits of other dogs. The Paws4ever Dog Park offers three acres of fenced, shaded land, accessible to members 365 days a year.

      Does your dog eat too quickly or guard his food bowl?
      Instead of serving dog food into a bowl, put a measured amount into a food dispensing puzzle toy, or better yet, use it as training treats! To improve your dog’s behavior in all aspects of life, incorporate training into every-day activities. Use your dog’s daily ration of food to train new behaviors or reinforce ones he already knows. Feeding by hand is also a great way to prevent food bowl aggression or rehabilitate dogs who display it. Using your dog’s regular food as training treats prevents potential gastric upset associated with richer treats as well. Food-dispensing puzzle toys such as a Kong or Busy Buddy, turn meal time into an interactive challenge. From a health perspective, eating slowly is preferable to eating fast. In addition, making meal time last a little longer and provide more stimulation gives your dog a chance to expend a bit more energy.

      Does your dog pull on the leash?
      Leash-walking can be a challenging skill for many dogs! A simple piece of equipment can make all the differences. Unlike collars or traditional harnesses that attach to a leash on the dog’s back, front-clip harnesses foster good communication, prevent choking, and put some control back in the hands of the owner without the use of pain. They are easy to take on and off and dogs acclimate to them very quickly. While no training is required to successfully use a front-clip harness, they do make training and any other on-leash activity with your dog easier.

      Could your dog use a refresher on obedience and manners?
      Enrolling in a group training class is a great way to build a better connection with your dog. At Paws4ever, our knowledgeable trainers will help improve the communication, attention and responsiveness of dogs and humans. Structured exercises and weekly homework will help you stay on track, and you can even take advantage of a trial-membership at our dog park for the duration of your class!

      For more information, click TRAIN above or contact Julie Jenkins to learn more about the classes currently offered that best suit your dog.

    • Legacy Care Providers Needed


      We are looking for foster homes for our Legacy Care animals

      Apply Now!

      Do you have space in your heart and home to temporarily care for an animal who has lost its loved one? Paws4ever has recently launched Legacy Care, a program that allows pet owners to plan for the care of their pet once they are no longer able to provide it. We are currently looking for individuals to serve as Legacy Care Providers who will offer a loving and safe home for these dogs and cats until a forever family can be found.

      Why become a Legacy Care Provider?

      • Enjoy the companionship of an animal without incurring any costs associated with that care.

      • Receive free training related to animal care, including first aid and CPR.

      • Know that the care you provide to an animal who has just lost a loved one is invaluable!

      • Get excited that you help a vulnerable pet find a forever loving home!

      • Legacy Care Providers will receive a small stipend to care for the pets in our program.

      If you have the time and interest to commit to providing quality care for an animal in our Legacy Care program, please contact us to learn more.

    • Legacy Care Residence Caretaker Needed


      Position Available

      Submit an application and resume

      Paws4ever seeks a conscientious animal caretaker for our Legacy Care Residence, a home through our Legacy Care membership program, which accommodates pets when their owners are no longer able to care for them due to illness or death.

      The Caretaker is responsible for providing the high standard of care established by Paws4ever for the animals living in the Residence, including attention, food, medications, allergies, a healthy and safe environment and physical and mental stimulation. S/he will keep accurate records of animal care and behavior and provide observations to the Legacy Care Program Manager to best place each animal in either a Legacy Care Provider’s home or adoptive family. Program animals will live in the Residence a short period of time before transitioning to a longer term home. The Caretaker must be comfortable caring for up to 8 animals at any given time; animals will rotate regularly, so Caretaker must thoughtfully consider safety and comfortability during this time of transition.

      Candidate must have experience working with a diverse array of canine and feline breeds and sizes. The ideal candidate will have experience administering medications and grooming both dogs and cats. S/he should have some skills in basic dog obedience; preference will be given to the candidate with an understanding of dog and cat behaviors and experience helping animals through tough transitional periods. Must be able to lift 50 pounds. The Caretaker must be organized, responsible, neat and respectful with an attention to detail. Must be willing to take required training classes provided by Paws4ever. The ideal candidate will have flexible and/or reduced work hours to best accommodate the needs of our in-house pets.

      This is a live-in position with compensation in the form of significantly reduced rent in a beautiful, fully furnished two bedroom apartment. No kids or personal pets are allowed to live in the Residence. No smoking.

      To apply, please submit completed application (Click on Find Out More below) along with your resume and cover letter to us.


    • 2014 Walk/Trail Run for Animal Protection and Fall Festival


      10th Anniversary!

      November 1, 2014
      10 am until 2pm
      Paws4ever Adoption Center

      Come join us for our 2014 Walk/Trail Run for Animal Protection and Fall Festival!

      This year celebrates our 10th Anniversary of our Adoption Center at Nicks Road!

      Events include the following:
      * ½ mile dog walk
      * 2 mile fun trail run
      * mini food truck rodeo
      * vendors
      * vendor scavenger hunts for the kids
      * kiddie carnival corral

      Fun for all ages and a wonderful way to support saving animals in our communities!

      Click here for more information and registration.

    • Adopt-a-Thons


      Meet our newest animals

      throughout the year

      Our volunteers bring our newest cats and dogs available for adoption so you can meet them and play with them!

      Our next event is at Anthropologie at Streets at Southpoint in Durham on Sunday, September 21, noon until 2pm. Click Find Out More below for more information about this event.

    • Eat at Firehouse Subs for Paws4ever


      Have a sub and earn money for Paws4ever, too!

      Tuesday, September 23
      4pm until closing

      Get ready to delight your tastebuds again and help raise money for homeless animals in your community! Firehouse Subs in Burlington (2471 S Church Street) is donating 10% of sales after 4pm on Tuesday, September 23, when you mention "Paws4ever!"

      Please pass this along to your friends in and around Burlington, NC!

      Thank you Firehouse Subs for caring about animals in our community!



      An Event at Merritt's Benefitting Paws4Ever

      Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6 - 8 PM
      Merritt’s Store & Grill (1009 South Columbia Street in Chapel Hill)
      Tickets: $20 in advance OR $25 at the door (Purchase in store or on

      Bring your four-legged friends and join us at Merritt’s for a night of live outdoor bluegrass and BLTs, with proceeds benefiting Paws4Ever.

      Ticket price includes concert ticket, BLT, one dessert, one drink, a homemade doggy treat from Phydeaux, a leash from Cole Park Animal Hospital and a raffle ticket for a luxury doggy bed.

      Thank you to Merritt's Store & Grill and sponsors Cole Park Animal Hospital, Phydeaux, Viki Pace-Smith, Fonville Morisey Real Estate and Big Bundts!

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