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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.


  • Legacy Care at Paws4ever


    Announcing a new program!

    Summer 2014

    Read about Legacy Care in the Chapel Hill News!

    Anyone with a dog or cat knows that a pet is more than a four-legged friend; they’re family. But what happens when an owner can no longer care for their furry companions?

    Paws4ever is proud to announce the launch of Legacy Care, a unique membership program through which pet owners can ensure care for their animals when they are no longer able to provide it due to terminal illness or death.

    Once admitted, program animals will live in the beautifully appointed Legacy Care Residence located on the Paws4ever campus until they can be matched with a stringently selected Legacy Care Provider or adopter. Legacy Care is underpinned by a high standard of care – lots of attention, love and time spent in exercise and play, plus quality food, healthcare and a stimulating environment.

    The program’s importance stems partly from its novelty. Previously there were few options for animal lovers to secure care for their pets upon their passing, resulting in animals going to less-than-ideal caretakers or county shelters. Legacy Care provides this much-needed alternative and may even serve as a back-up if a member’s selected caregiver is unable or unwilling to provide care when the time comes. This program has the added benefits of easing the burden on local shelters and allowing older individuals to adopt a pet without fearing it will be neglected when they can no longer provide care.

    Paws4ever executive director Laura Griest elected to enroll her dogs in the program when she considered her options. “I wanted someone to care for them as I would, to love them unconditionally in spite of their quirky behaviors; to provide quality food and plenty of exercise. Legacy Care provides me with peace of mind knowing they’ll be happy and healthy till the end of their days.”

    Paws4ever has been committed to the welfare of dogs and cats since 1962. Legacy Care is a continuation of that mission and honors pets as the family fixtures they are – providers of hope, comfort and companionship. Pet owners, whether young or old, will welcome the peace that comes from knowing they are leaving a comfortable and secure life for their animal friends, come what may.

    To learn more about enrolling in or financially supporting the program, print out the brochure under "Find Out More" below or contact us.

  • Legacy Care Providers


    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.

  • Become a Monthly Sponsor of a Shelter Pet

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    An easy way to support Paws4ever


    Monthly sponsorships help defray the cost of veterinary services and training services for a selected pet. Make the sponsorship in honor of a loved one and we will note that on your “adopted” pet’s description on the web.

    For monthly contributions of either $30 or $100, you will receive a quarterly update on the animal you choose to support as well as discounts that may be used for other Paws4ever services. Click FInd Out More below for more information.

    Visit our DONATE page to set up your monthly contribution and become a sponsor today!

  • Chapel Hill Restaurant Group donates van to Paws4ever


    Staff member Enda Byrne stands beside new van!

    April 2014

    The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group has refurbished and donated a catering van to Paws4ever for use transporting animals from local shelters to their new home at Paws4ever and to local vets for medical care.

    When asked about the decision to donate the van, Greg Overbeck, marketing director of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group said, “Our company is committed to supporting outstanding organizations in our community and we are proud to help Paws4ever with their mission.”

    “Paws4ever is thrilled to accept this generous donation from the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group,” said Laura Griest, executive director of the organization. “A large van dedicated to animal transport will allow Paws4ever to more efficiently rescue and care for the dogs and cats we serve. We are very appreciative to CHRG for their support.”

    The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group has served, catered and hosted events for residents of the Triangle for over 30 years, and consists of 411 West and 518 West Italian cafés, Spanky's Restaurant, Squid’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, Mez Contemporary Mexican and Page Road Grill.

    Thank you Chapel Hill Restaurant Group!

  • 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.

    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!

    • Annual Partnership


      Partner with Paws4ever for a year

      And receive benefits, too!

      Paws4ever invites local businesses to become partners with us. In exchange for annual support, Paws4ever offers many opportunities to promote your business in the local community.

      Your business may combine a financial contribution and other in-kind donations, such as listed below, to qualify for a higher partnership level and earn more benefits.

      • Host a supply drive for customers to contribute cleaning and pet supplies for Paws4ever
      • Donate items we can use for our auctions
      • Host a donation bank at your register
      • Help sell Paws4ever items, such as our packs of greeting cards
      • Host a fundraising event
      • Offer free or reduced rates for services and supplies

      Every dollar contributed offers adoptable animals at Paws4ever the second chance they deserve to find forever homes, provides training opportunities for shelter dogs and other dogs in the community and enables us to care for the medical needs of our animals.

      For more information, please select "Find Out More" below and contact Barbara Duffy to discuss the options.

      Thank you for partnering with us!

    • Happy Tails


      Paws4ever Animals in Their New Homes

      This month's featured animals: Bahama Mama

      My name is Bahama. About a year ago, I was sad because I had been abandoned at the Chatham County Shelter by my people. I was not there long before the good people from Paws4ever found me. They took my daughter and me to their shelter and took good care of us. I got to go to training classes and I learned sit, down and some other commands. I liked my time at Paws4ever and I loved the people. I still get so excited when I see Edna and Theresa.

      One day while I was playing with some volunteers by the barn, these two strange people came up. They didn’t know it yet, but I knew they were my human parents. They thought they were just going to foster me, but I knew better. As soon as I hoped in the car and my “foster” mom got in back with me, I started licking her face because I knew I found my forever home, even if they didn’t. After a month, I had become such a source of joy and laughter for my new family, that they knew they could not do without me, and they officially adopted me.

      My parents have taken me to lots of training classes at Paws4ever. I excelled in Family Dog 1 and Life Skills. I was super good at Really Reliable Recall, and though I was not the best, I was the most enthusiastic dog in Nosework!

      I have a good life now and get lots of love, cheese, salami, peanut butter, and every now and then I even get some kielbasa. Some might say I am spoiled, but I deserve it, because, as my mom is always telling me, I am the best dog in the world.

      Thank you, Paws4ever.

    • Support Paws4ever when you shop or eat out


      Retailers and Restaurants Make a Donation for You

      Thank you for making your shopping dollars count for Paws4ever!
      When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Paws4ever. Note: On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you'll need to select Paws4ever (Animal Protection Society of Orange County) as your charitable organization to receive donations before you begin shopping. Amazon remembers your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price to Paws4ever.
      BarkBox is a New York City based dog-lovin' company that sends high quality dog products to your pup every month. Each box is full of 4-6 goodies like bones, bully sticks, toys, treats, gadgets, shampoos, hygiene products, and more. A great gift for friends with pups or for your own pup! Canine happiness delivered to your door! For every new subscription to BarkBox, Paws4ever will get a $10 donation from BarkBox. Be sure to use our special promo code: P4EBBX1 when you place your order.

      Spotted Dog in Carrboro
      Help out the animals at Paws4Ever by grabbing a mid-week drink at the Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar. On the first Wednesday of each month, Spotted Dog will donate $1 for each pint of beer sold.

      Food Lion
      Link your MVP card to Paws4ever's account 252437 the next time you check out. All your purchases after linking will create a donation from their Community Rewards program to Paws4ever.

      Girl with 3 Dogs Photography
      Jerri is passionate about animal rescue, and donates both time and money to help. Please visit her website and see her beautiful work. She is available for weddings, portraits, pets and events. Let her know you are a supporter of Paws4ever and she will donate 10% back to Paws4ever.

      Welcomed Distractions
      Alicia Tanner is an animal lover and an artist. She will create an artistically rendered portrait that captures your pet and will give 10% back to Paws4ever at the same time! Give Alicia a call to discuss options and rates at 919.621.8844. Let her know you are a supporter of Paws4ever and she will honor your passion with a donation.

    • Paws4ever Products


      Honor yourself, your pet, or a loved one with a unique gift!

      All proceeds benefit the Paws4ever animals waiting for their forever home.

      Gift Giving and Paws4aCause on Square Market
      On this site you'll find excellent gift giving ideas, all benefiting Paws4ever! In the Gift Giving section you'll find quality items your friends and family will love to receive, with all proceeds benefiting Paws4ever. In the Paws4aCause section, find meaningful gifts to purchase for Paws4ever in honor of someone you love. Great gifting ideas for the person who has everything!

      Homemade and Vintage Gifts on Etsy
      Medley on Etsy is an eclectic shop featuring the work of artists committed to animal welfare. All items have been donated by artists across the country, and vintage items were donated to our ReSale Store in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Purchase unique items and help protect the dogs and cats of North Carolina!

      Greeting Cards, Fashion Accessories, Dog Treats, Gift Certificates & More
      Visit our ReSale Store in Hillsborough, our Waggin’ Wagon at community events or our Dog Training Store (at the Learning Center) to purchase boxed note cards featuring Paws4ever animals, Paws4ever T-shirts, handmade dog bandanas & leashes & wraps, dog treats from Gourmutt’s Bakery, or gift certificates to use toward adoption fees, training class tuition, or purchases at the ReSale Store. Boxed note cards are also available for sale at Gro Smart in Hillsborough and M. Andrew Design Salon in Durham.

      Paws4ever ReSale Store in Hillsborough
      The ReSale Store is a perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind gift! From antiques to jewelry and toys, this eclectic shop is brimming with treasures. Visit out STORE page for photos of some items for sale now--then visit the store at the Shops at Daniel Boone in Hillsborough Thursday through Saturday.

      The Gift of Fun with Your Dog
      Register yourself or a friend for a winter training class or become a member of our dog park. Visit our TRAIN page for class descriptions and schedule.

      Sponsor a Shelter Pet
      Monthly sponsorships help defray the cost of veterinary services and training services for a selected pet. Make the sponsorship in honor of a loved one and we will note that on your “adopted” pet’s description on the web. Click "Find Out More" below and visit our DONATE page to become a sponsor today.

      Thank you for your purchases and your support!


    • 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.

    • "Five Below" in Burlington Hosts Fundraiser

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      10% of your purchase goes to Paws4ever

      August 24-30
      during store hours
      Five Below at 1477 Boone Station Dr in Burlington

      You are cordially invited to a fundraiser at FIVE BELOW--the best place to get hot stuff and cool prices and raise money for Paws4ever!

      FIVE BELOW carries carries school supplies, software, books, electronics, sporting goods, games, t-shirts, jewelry, bath and body, candy, snacks and beverages, room décor, storage, plus much more. And everything is priced at $5 or less!

      Click Find Out More below for the event flyer. Print out a copy and take it with you to the store. Just give it to the cashier when you check out and 10% of your purchase goes to Paws4ever.

      Thank you!

    • Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Night

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      10% of food purchases donated to Paws4ever!

      Sunday, August 24
      11am - 10pm
      Texas Roadhouse in Burlington, NC (1651 Glidewell Dr)

      Bring a flyer (click on Find Out More below to download) and present it to you server when you order. 10% of your total food purchase will be donated to Paws4ever!

      Thank you to Texas Roadhouse for helping support Paws4ever!

    • Paws4ever Hosts Business After Hours


      Greater Hillsborough Area Chamber of Commerce

      Thursday, August 28, 2014
      4:30 pm

      The Greater Hillsborough Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its August "Business After Hours" event at the Learning Center at Paws4ever.

      The Greater Hillsborough Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly Business After Hours is an opportunity to network and get to know local businesses and business people. Paws4ever is proud to be a member of The Hillsborough Chamber and is pleased to host the group! Everyone, member or non-member of the Chamber, is welcome to attend.

    • New You Challenge


      raises money for Paws4ever!

      June through August
      Health Center of Hillsborough

      The Health Center of Hillsborough has launched their first ever New You Challenge, a collaborative seven week effort to raise money for Paws4ever while helping community members lead healthier lives.

      The First Annual New You Challenge is an initiative that promotes a healthy lifestyle while serving the community. After free registration and verification that participants are medically able to join the challenge, participants can form into teams or go solo in this challenge, competing against themselves and others in their category. At specified time intervals, participants will record their progress. The challenge started June 26 and will end in mid-August.

      For more information, please visit the New You Challenge page.

      Thank you to our friends at the Health Center of Hillsborough!



      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!

    • Adopt-a-Thons


      Meet our newest animals

      at Phydeaux on various Saturdays throughout the year

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