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We host events of all kinds to bring the community together and have fun with our four-legged friends. See what's on our events calendar or scroll down to see details for some of our events.


  • Happy Tails: Dog


    It's never too late for a happy ending!

    Crissy finds forever home after 7 years at Paws4ever

    At Paws4ever we make a lifetime commitment to securing the future of homeless cats and dogs. For Crissy, this commitment allowed her to find a forever home after almost 7 years of living at Paws4ever!

    Rescued in 2007, Crissy was once an easy-going and gregarious dog, but over time she became fearful around strangers and reactive towards other dogs. Then in 2011, Crissy nearly lost her life as a result of a serious infection that led to nerve damage and stroke-like symptoms.

    Where other shelters might have euthanized Crissy due to the combination of medical illness and behavioral challenges, Paws4ever knew that Crissy’s life was worth saving!

    With compassionate care from staff, helpful training with volunteers and financial support from generous donors, Paws4ever was able to offer a good life for Crissy while she waited for her forever family. In April, a wonderful couple saw that something special in Crissy and adopted her!

    Because of support from friends like you, Paws4ever made a commitment to Crissy, and now her future is secured.

    Help us secure the future for many more homeless dogs and cats. Make a donation today!

    To see photos and read more about Crissy's story, click Find Out More below.

  • 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.

  • 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 nominated two outstanding volunteers, Barbara Brooks and Dr. Wendy Simpson, for the 2015 NC Governor's Award. We are proud to announce that BOTH ladies received the award and were recognized for their volunteer service!

    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!

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

    • 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) 241-8438 x104.

    • 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.

    • Become a Paws Pal


      Will You Help an 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) 241-8438 x104.

    • Walk for a Dog

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      Support Paws4ever simply by walking your dog

      Start today!

      The Walk for a Dog program is a dog-powered fundraising tool for animal shelters and rescues.

      Visit Wooftrax, and click “Get the App” at the top of the page. Install the free Android or iPhone app, and start taking your Walk for a Dog every day. Select Paws4ever as your shelter choice and the more you walk, the more money Paws4ever earns.

      Thank you for walking your dog!

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Annual Report


      Thank you for supporting Paws4ever!

      We know there are many worthy organizations in our community to support and we thank you again for your commitment to Paws4ever.

      Click "Find out More" below to read a short summary of the past year and what we have been able to accomplish with your help.

      For questions about past or future donations, please contact Please also let us know if you would like a copy of our most recent Form 990.

      Thank you.


    • Events Calendar


      a link to our events calendar

      See all the happenings in one place, or scroll down to see details for some of our events

      Be In The Know

      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 events calendar or scroll down to see details for some of our events.

    • Single & Loving It

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      50% or more off adoption fees

      August 7 - September 6

      Sometimes animals - just like people - prefer to be on their own. We like to call these pets "single and loving it." During the month of August, animals who would do best in a home where they are an only pet will have their adoption fees reduced by 50% or more!

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