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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.


  • Happy Tails: Dog


    Paws4ever Dogs in Their New Homes

    This month's featured animals: Orville and Wilbur

    In January 2014, Paws4ever rescued two four-month old puppies. Like most of the animals we save, Orville & Wilbur were at high risk for being euthanized due to limited space at the county shelter. As black pit bull mixes with shy and quiet demeanors, the odds were especially stacked against these two.

    At Paws4ever, Orville & Wilbur were both looked over for adoption for almost the entire year, long past the time they would have been in danger at another facility. However, Paws4ever commits to animals for life, and dogs and cats will live with us until they are adopted, regardless of how long that takes.

    Paws4ever staff and volunteers spent countless hours working with both dogs to ensure they had a high quality of life while in our facility and to improve their chances for adoption through training and socialization. Wilbur was even placed on a special plan to help him overcome severe anxiety. All of the hard work paid off, and both Orville and Wilbur found forever homes in October – 10 months after they were rescued!

    To make a donation and help Paws4ever give hope to these dogs through the dedication of our staff, volunteers and donors, visit our DONATE page. Thank you for your support!

    To see photos and read more of the story of Orville and Wilbur, click Find Out More below.

  • Happy Tails: Cat


    Paws4ever Cats in Their New Homes

    This month's featured animal: Blitz

    Blitz is doing so well and we love having him as a part of out family. He and our other cat have become best friends and are pretty much inseparable! He is the most friendly and happy cat we have ever met. Whenever we have visitors, everyone is shocked by his happy and welcoming temperament. He is truly a blessing in our lives.

    Thank you so much for checking in and helping bring Blitz to our forever home.

  • "Celebrate 10 Years" Adoption Promotion


    50% off adoption fees

    throughout December

    Help Paws4ever celebrate 10 years at our Adoption Center in Mebane by adopting a special dog or cat in need!

    Take 50% off of the adoption fees for any animal who has been with us for longer than 1 year or who is older than 7 years.

    Your new best friend is waiting!

  • Support Paws4ever when you shop


    Consider buying your gifts from these businesses that support Paws4ever with every purchase

    Thank you for making your shopping dollars count for Paws4ever!

    You'll find gifts for your loved ones to treasure, and Paws4ever animals will receive the support they need to stay warm this holiday season.

    When you shop at AmazonSmile, 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. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Animal Protection Society of Orange County, Inc. DBA Paws4ever for every purchase you make. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

    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. 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!

    Paws4ever ReSale Store
    The Paws4ever ReSale Store provides a variety of unique, high-quality merchandise for you and your pet. All proceeds support the Paws4ever mission.

    Manage My Dog
    Manage My Dog specializes in private, one on one training sessions with you and your dog using positive reinforcement and force free training techniques. Sign up today for sessions with Cathy Abney and she will donate 25% back to Paws4ever if you mention this email.

    Girl With 3 Dogs Photography
    Jerri Greenberg is passionate about animal rescue, and donates both time and money to help. 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 us!

    Welcomed Distractions
    Alicia Tanner is an animal lover and 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.

    Barking Cat Jewelry
    Looking for some unique jewelry gifts? Visit Barking Cat Jewelry to find beautiful jewelry, including the unique "Sleeps With Dogs" pendant. Paws4ever is an official Barking Cat Jewelry partner, meaning they will donate 20% of all purchases made from their line back to us. This includes the "Sleeps With Dogs" pendant, and other items for you and your pet. Make sure to write in Paws4ever when prompted during the check out process.

    Bark Box
    Have you figured out what to get your best friend? BarkBox packages are full of fun goodies like toys, bones, and more! Snag your dog a BarkBox subscription using our code (P4EBBX1), you'll get 10% off, and the BarkGood team will give us a $15 donation. If you purchase your subscription on GivingTuesday, we'll get a bonus BarkBox for our shelter dogs!

    Thank You for your support of Paws4ever! Happy Shopping!

  • Animal Care Associate Needed


    position available

    submit a resume and cover letter

    Paws4ever seeks a reliable and competent individual to assist with cleaning and animal care at our Adoption Center. This position is part-time with the potential for increased hours and responsibility over time. The current opening is for a Saturday shift (10:30am-6:30pm), with a potential for additional hours/shifts. The person in this position may also be asked to cover other shifts as needed (including evenings and weekends), and must be available for periodic training workshops.

    Primary duties include stringently cleaning the Adoption Center daily per health code, maintaining a clean and safe environment at all times, providing quality care for the animals at the Paws4ever Adoption Center, including proper nutrition, medication (as needed), exercise and attention, and serving as a customer service agent for potential adopters, volunteers and guests. The staff member will treat the animals and visitors with respect and maintain a high standard of care as established by Paws4ever. The staff member reports to the Animal Care Manager and ultimately the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Training provided.

    This position provides great experience for anyone interested in the field of animal care. Preference given to candidates with prior animal care experience. Starting pay rate is $8 per hour.

    To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to

  • PetSense Partners with Paws4ever


    Paws4ever is happy to be a partner with PetSense in Mebane to help find homes for cats!

    during store hours

    PetSense, a new pet store located on Mebane Oaks Rd across from Tanger Outlets, is helping Paws4ever find homes for its cats by housing them in condos at the store. Four cats, all residents of Paws4ever, get the opportunity to shine in a new environment at PetSense and hopefully attract a new best friend. The cats are rotated every few days. In the first three months of the partnership, 16 Paws4ever cats who had a turn at PetSense were chosen, adopted and are now living in their new homes!

    PetSense also makes regular donations of food and other pet supplies to Paws4ever to help defer the cost of taking care of the shelter animals. They host donation bins in the store so that customers may make food and financial contributions to Paws4ever, too.

    Thank you, PetSense!

  • 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 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. Rent is $450/one person or $550/two people (utilities included). Caretaker will also receive a $10/week stipend when caring for one pet, and $5/week stipend for each additional pet (maximum $180/month stipend).

    No kids or personal pets are allowed to live in the Residence. No smoking.

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

  • 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, contact to learn more.

  • Fur Fun Flyball Team Wins a North American Championship!

    shady flyball

    Team owner and trainer is Paws4ever's Training Manager, Julie Jenkins

    October 2014

    Training Manager, Julie Jenkins, and her nationally renowned flyball team, Fur Fun, won the Can Am Classic Multibreed Championship held in October in Indianapolis.

    The Can Am Classic is hosted by the North American Flyball Association and is the world's largest flyball tournament, with over 200 teams and thousands of dogs and handlers competing.

    Flyball is a sport in which teams of 4 dogs race against each other in relay form from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball. It is a sport enjoyed worldwide and has been popular since the late 1960s. The first flyball tournament in the US was held in 1983. In the Multibreed class of competition, each dog on the team must be a unique breed, with “mix” counting as one breed.

    Julie Jenkins is the owner and head trainer of Fur Fun, and team members travel from cities in North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania to train with Julie at Paws4ever. Julie also teaches Flyball classes to beginners and those wishing to increase their skills throughout the year at Paws4ever.

    Fur Fun's championship team included:
    Elphie, a mix, owned by Leerie & Julie Jenkins
    Rip, a border collie, owned by Ben Hill
    Shady, a labrador, owned by Donna Shelton & Jennifer King
    Ramses, a whippet, owned by Susan & Sarah Dyer

    Congratulations Julie and Fur Fun for your achievement!

  • 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.

  • Become a Paws Pal


    Will You Help and Animal Like Gypsy?

    beginning today!

    Hi there!

    I have been a Paws4ever volunteer for 6 years. I met Gypsy in January 2009 when she came to Paws4ever with her two kittens. Her kittens were adopted quickly, but Gypsy was incredibly fearful of people, did not like to be petted, and hid when visitors would enter the cat room. I spent the next several years getting to know Gypsy and earning her trust. It took a long time, but she finally allowed me to pet her. Eventually, she would even purr when I petted her and would come out to see me when I entered the cat room.

    However, she was still very fearful of strangers and was always overlooked for adoption. Potential adopters just didn't want to take home a very timid adult cat, fearing that she would never come out of her shell. On top of that, she has deformed tear ducts causing constantly watery eyes and she also has a heart murmur. From my interactions with her, I knew she was a loving cat who just needed a quiet home where she could thrive. Over the years, I wanted to adopt her, but already had cats at home and worried about how she might fit in.

    As her 5 year anniversary at Paws4ever approached, I just couldn't have her spend one more day without a forever home, so I adopted her the day after Christmas. She spent 2 days under the bed, but since then, she has been the happiest cat I have ever seen. She runs around with her tail in the air, chases her tail, plays like a kitten, sleeps next to me at night, sits on my lap, purrs like crazy, and gets along beautifully with her Paws4ever siblings. My only regret is that I didn't bring her home years sooner!

    It is animals like Gypsy who spend months or years at Paws4ever who inspire me to be a monthly sponsor. It is important that these animals have funding so that Paws4ever can provide the best care for them until they are adopted. I can't bring them all home, but I can advocate for these animals by helping secure their future.

    Become a Paws Pal today.

    I encourage everyone to become a monthly sponsor at any level. Did you know just $30 a month covers the veterinary and pharmaceutical costs for each animal? These dollars add up and make such a big difference in the lives of these animals.


    P.S. Sign up now and make your first donation by credit card online! 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!

    Paws4ever volunteers are annual nominees and are honored by the NC Governor's Award for excellence in volunteer service.

    Paws4ever has nominated two outstanding volunteers, Barbara Brooks and Dr. Wendy Simpson, for the 2014 NC Governor's Award.

    Barbara may have only been at Paws4ever for a little over a year, but she has changed the lives of so many animals already, and brightened the lives of our staff for sure! She is completely reliable and dedicated to our animals, even the ones with special behavioral needs or medical issues that normally receive less attention from volunteers.

    Dr. Wendy Simpson of the Morrisville Cat Hospital has been helping Paws4ever with pro-bono health care and consultations for our cats for 6 years now. She is incredibly generous in donating her time and expertise, and her counsel and mentoring to our staff cannot be overstated!

    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!


    • 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 adopt-a-thons are at the Paws4ever ReSale Store on January 10, 2015 and at Phydeaux in Chapel Hill on January 25, 2015.

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