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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.


  • Online Auction a Success


    Recent auction that closed in Febuary

    Thank you!

    Thanks to everyone who participated in our online auction - from donors to bidders! Together, we were able to raise almost $4,000 for the animals!

  • Development Director (PT) Needed


    position available

    Submit a resume and cover letter

    Paws4ever seeks a self-starter with proven experience in all dimensions of development work. This is a unique part-time (20 hours per week) opportunity for a seasoned development professional to lead the organization in achieving greater fundraising success, enabling Paws4ever to continue in and strengthen its mission of improving the lives of dogs and cats and its goal of becoming a model for animal welfare in our community and beyond through adoption, training, education and long-term care.

    The Development Director is responsible for establishing and meeting goals and objectives for short- and long-term fundraising programs and for managing all fundraising efforts with staff and volunteer support. This includes leading identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies with the goal of developing a well-established tradition of major, planned, institutional and transformational giving to Paws4ever.

    Select Find Out More below for a full job posting.

    Applications accepted through March 16 at 5 p.m. To apply, submit resume and cover letter to

  • Double the Love


    Adopt 2 cats for 50% off adoption fees

    throughout February

    Help Paws4ever celebrate Valentine's Day during the month of February at our Adoption Center in Mebane.

    Take 50% off the adoption fees when you adopt two cats.

    Your new best friends are waiting!

  • Fit4Fido

    Fit4Fido logo

    Add meaning to your fitness routine!

    Join us today!

    Have fun and get fit for the animals through the new Fit4Fido campaign hosted by Paws4ever!

    The welfare of animals in our state and across the nation is our responsibility...every one of us. Join with us to raise awareness and funds for homeless pets through the FIt4Fido campaign.

    Our goal: to collectively pledge one hour of fitness in memory of each dog and cat that was euthanized in North Carolina last year. As we memorialize those lost, we'll rejoice in the happy tales of successful adoptions, completed families and animal shelter success stories!

    GET ACTIVE - any fitness counts: biking, yoga, kayaking, climbing, running, tennis, soccer... Participate in one of our events, try something new, set a goal for yourself, or maintain your current fitness routine.

    TRACK YOUR HOURS - Coming soon you'll track your hours through You'll also be able to fundraise and share photos and stories of you getting Fit4Fido! For now, keep track of your hours independently and you can add them to the site once it's ready to go.

    WIN PRIZES - Get great prizes for getting Fit4Fido! February participants: attend a yoga class at Franklin St Yoga, get a coupon for a free class! New prizes every month!

    Get started today by participating in one of our events. Check out our EVENTS section for a list of upcoming events.

    Pawfect Partners
    Thanks to FRANKLIN ST YOGA for helping us kick off Fit4Fido! FRANKLIN ST YOGA is offering two classes to benefit Paws4ever - Feb. 1 and 21. Join owner Lori Burgwyn and all your pals for these beginner and all-levels classes. Practice your downward dog and warrior poses toward greater peace, flexibility and strength.
    Can't make these two classes? No problem. FRANKLIN ST YOGA offers classes every day of the week! Attend any class in February and get a coupon for a free class! Just tell them you're Fit4Fido!

    Special thanks to Aline Bevacqua for designing our awsome Fit4Fido logo!

    Want to support Paws4ever as a Fit4Fido partner? Contact Laura Griest to learn more.

    Thank you!

  • Walk for a Dog

    walk a dog

    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!

  • Herald Sun Volunteer of the Week

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    Dr Wendy Simpson!

    Paws4ever volunteer for over 6 years

    The Durham Herald Sun has selected Dr. Wendy Simpson of Morrisville Cat Hospital as Volunteer of the Week for her work with Paws4ever.

    Read the article here.

    Congratulations, Dr Wendy!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • PetSense Partners with Paws4ever


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

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    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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) 241-8438 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!

    • 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.

    • Fit4Fido Upcoming Events

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      Join us today!

      For more information about Fit4Fido, see our news section.

      Have fun and get fit for the animals through the new Fit4Fido campaign hosted by Paws4ever!

      Here are the upcoming Fit4Fido events:

      Saturday, March 28, 8:30 AM
      The Great Human Race
      Run/Walk for P4E

      Pawfect Partners
      Thanks to FRANKLIN ST YOGA for helping us kick off Fit4Fido! FRANKLIN ST YOGA is offering two classes to benefit Paws4ever - Feb. 1 and 21. Join owner Lori Burgwyn and all your pals for these beginner and all-levels classes. Practice your downward dog and warrior poses toward greater peace, flexibility and strength.
      Can't make these two classes? No problem. FRANKLIN ST YOGA offers classes every day of the week! Attend any class in February and get a coupon for a free class! Just tell them you're Fit4Fido!

    • join the great human race

      Great Human Race

      a 5K community run and walk to support nonprofits

      March 28, 2015
      8:30 am
      Northgate Mall in Durham

      Run or Walk With Us!
      Join our team at the Great Human Race! Register online using our promo code (P4Ever) if you would like to run. Registration not required to walk the 5K.

      Become a Fundraiser!
      Running or walking isn't required to participate! You can build a
      fundraising page online and help us raise money to support the
      dogs and cats that rely on us every day.

      to register or learn more about how you can help!

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