Links to Compassion

Local Animal Rescues

A Shelter Friend
A nonprofit 501c3 organization that facilitates the rescue of animals from county shelters in southeastern North Carolina. 
A 501c3 charitable organization focused on reducing the numbers of animals euthanized in area shelters through adoption and spay/neuter programs.   
Adoption First Animal Rescue
A 501c3 organization that works with donors, volunteers, county shelters, community businesses, and individuals to lower the euthanasia rate. 
All 4 Cats
A 501c3 foster-based cat rescue whose focus is working with the community to rescue stray cats.  Felines are vetted, socialized and placed in loving homes.  
Creates community partnerships to promote responsible pet ownership, decrease overpopulation and find every adoptable pet a perfect, loving home.
Cape Fear Rescue League
A "no walls" non-profit animal rescue organization that cares for animals who are unwanted and/or whose lives are endangered.
Carolina Animal Protection Society
A 501c3, un-sheltered organization whose goal is to save cats and dogs that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected due to human discord. 
A 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens.  All felines are spayed or neutered and vaccinated prior to being placed in a forever home.
Cat Tails
Dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens who are stray, unwanted or have been surrendered to a municipal shelter and finding them safe, loving homes.
Coastal Animal Rescue Effort
Established by Atlantic Animal Hospital,
C.A.R.E. assists injured or ill needy animals, restores their health, and adopts them into loving new homes. 
A 501c3 foster-based rescue located in Wilmington dedicated to providing a loving environment until permanent forever homes are found. 
Columbus Humane Society
A 501c3 foster-based group that takes dogs and cats, puppies and kittens into private homes until permanent, forever homes are found. 
Cumberland County Animal Services
Protects citizens by active enforcement of state and local laws, provides sheltering of stray /unwanted animals, and promotes responsible ownership. 
A 501c3 non-profit dog rescue ran 100% by volunteers whose mission is to save dogs and find the right forever home for them and their families.
Diamonds in the Ruff Canine Rescue
A 501c3 group of volunteer dog lovers who rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs.
Feline Urgent Rescue & Rehab
A 501c3 that rescues homeless, injured  and/or feral cats and kittens and prepares them for forever homes in the Hampstead/Wilmington, NC area. 
To serve, advocate, and be the voice for the underprivileged and abandoned animals awaiting homes in shelters throughout New Hanover County.
Fresh Start Rescue, Inc.
A 501c3 group of volunteers dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, unwanted, or injured reptiles.  (from snakes to lizards and everything in between)
Furever Friends Animal Rescue
A 501c3 whose main purpose is to provide medical and surgical care to homeless, injured or abandoned animals and prepare them for adoption.
A rescue that provides a safe haven for shelter dogs until a forever family is found via rescue, temporary housing and transport.
Hamilton's Healing Hearts
Assists pets in need through fostering, adoption, education, spay/ neuter, and community outreach with emphasis on helping senior and special needs pets .
Jaded Paws Rescue
A 501c3 whose main purpose is to provide medical and surgical care to homeless, injured or abandoned animals and prepare them for adoption.
A 501c3 open-door shelter that annually accepts approximately 2,500 stray, neglected, abused or surrendered animals from Lenoir County, NC. 
Monty's Home
A 501c3 organization sponsoring canine rescue / prison training programs (Pawsitive Partners Prison Program).  Operates Animal Lovers Thrift Shop.
New Hanover Animal Services
Ensures proper animal care, through prevention, public perception, and education with a desire to provide good homes for its adoptable animals.
A small non-profit animal shelter in Wilmington, NC whose purpose is to find loving, forever homes for the dogs and cats in their care..
NHC Rabbit Rescue of Wilmington
Aims to protect and stop the exploitation of pet rabbits surrendered to shelters for the purposes of food, breeding, fur, training dogs, or being used as live bait.
Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare is an organization of individuals who who maintain a program of low-cost spay and neuter certificates
Promotes responsible pet ownership, animal care, community safety; markets animals for adoption; and reduces pet overpopulation.
Operation Topcat
Implements TNR, cats are then returned to their colony for continued care and feeding by a caretaker.  Cats or kittens who are tame are available for adoption.
Paws Place Dog Rescue
A 501c3 no-kill shelter dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of dogs. Operates on donations, volunteers, and an unending love for animals.
Animal shelter open 7 days a week for surrenders, adoptions and to administer Rabies vaccines.  They assist Pender County Animal Control and its residents.
Pender County Humane Society
A no-kill shelter dedicated to improving the lives of homeless animals by providing shelter and medical care while finding loving and responsible homes. 
Rescue Animals Community Effort
R.A.C.E. is a non-profit group dedicated to saving the lives of companion animals and implementing spay/neuter practices to decrease the euthanasia rate.
Works with animal shelters to identify adoptable animals who have no option for local adoption or rescue. Participates in Trap/Neuter/Release and transport.
Roseys Rescue
A 501c3 providing shelter, veterinary care, and love to neglected, abused, abandoned and surrendered animals while finding permanent, loving homes.
Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue
SOAR is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill animal rescue providing safe shelter, medical treatment, healthy food, daily care and love to lost /abandoned dogs and cats.
Rescues unwanted pets from NC municipal shelters, provides medical needs, spay and neuter and fosters until a furever home is found.
Thundering Paws Pet Adoption Center
Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals through the rescue, care for and placement of rescued cats and to provide education on their care.
The Unforgotten Souls
An organization dedicated to decreasing the euthanasia rate of high kill shelters by educating communities on spay and neuter and bringing awareness.
Creating lasting connections between animals in need and their furever human families. Focused on helping county shelters reduce euthanasia rates.
Have your organization listed here!
If you would you would like your animal rescue/shelter/organization listed here, please contact us.


Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic
call 910-602-1101 or visit

Fix A Friend Spay/Neuter Clinic
call 910-253-8161 or visit

Friends of Felines
call 910-452-6721 or visit

Wilmington Animal Centrix 

Friends of Southport Ferals 
call 910-617-0933 or click here

Operation Topcat 
call 910-328-4769 or visit

Onslow County Animal Services 
call 910-937-1169 or visit

Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare 
call 484-883-3552 or click here.

Adoption First Veterinary Clinic 

Pet Friends of Duplin County

Breed Specific Rescues

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
A non-profit Boxer rescue with a coverage area throughout NC, SC, and Virginia.  All Boxers are in foster homes and are not kenneled at a facility. 
A 501c3 serving NC and assisting in SC, GA, VA, and MD. Bostons come from shelters and directly from owners to live with a foster family and other pets.
Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
A volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization rescuing and placing stray, unwanted, neglected, and abandoned Basset Hounds in the southeastern U.S.
Carolina Boxer Rescue
Helps Boxers in the Carolinas, VA (and parts of GA) by providing a safe foster home for dogs while they search for forever homes.
A no-kill, non-profit rescue group that provides sanctuary, rehabilitation, and rehomes Poodles, Poodle mixes and other needy small dogs. 
Chihuahua Rescue & Transport
A non-profit, foster home based organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption and the medical care of stray and homeless Chihuahuas in need.  
Doberman Rescue of the Triad
Works to provide the best care and love for unwanted Dobermans Pinschers
and to rehabilitate and re-home these dogs with permanent loving families.
Dedicated to saving white German Shepherds by providing them with a safe, secure foster home where they receive medical care and training. 
German Shepherd Rescue & Adoptions
Committed to offering essential care and adoption services to neglected, stray or surrendered German Shepherd Dogs. (Based in NC - supporting NC, SC & VA)
Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love
Founded in Charlotte, NC in 2009 and operating throughout NC and SC, is an extension of Ruff Love Rescue, a 501c3 non-profit.
An established adoption agency providing retired racing Greyhounds a path to lifelong placement into loving homes.
Lab Rescue of North Carolina
A 5013c non-profit organization working to find good homes for abused, abandoned, or unwanted purebred Labrador Retrievers. 
Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue
Dedicated to providing for the short and long term needs of abandoned or surrendered Pugs.  Provides medical and foster care until permanent placement. 
Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of Golden Retrievers.  The organization advocates responsible pet ownership and community education.
Pointer Rescue
A non-profit group of coordinators and volunteers dedicated to the rescue of purebred Pointers (sometimes called English or American Field Pointers). 
Pug Rescue of North Carolina
A non-profit group dedicated to the Pug breed.  All Pugs are fostered in loving homes, nurtured back to health, fixed and socialized prior to adoption. 
A foster home based, dedicated crew of volunteers working to assist Jack Russell Terriers in need in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Schnauzer Rescue of the Carolinas
A 501c3 group in NC, SC, VA and Eastern TN that rescues Miniature, Standard, Giant Schnauzers and provides them with secure and safe homes. 
Southeast German Shepherd Rescue
Primarily operates in NC and VA and committed to assisting German Shepherd Dog (GSD) and expanding foster networks.
A 501c3 organization dedicated to the Weimaraner breed. They have rescued and placed over 800 Weimaraners in the last 15-years.
Triangle Beagle Rescue
Committed to finding great, lifelong, loving homes for as many Beagles in North Carolina for over 20-years.  Operates solely out of foster homes.
Triangle Sheltie Rescue of NC
An all-volunteer, private organization dedicated to helping homeless Shetland Sheepdogs in North Carolina and nearby states.
If you would you would like your breed rescue listed here, please contact us.


Thrift / Resale Shops

For Our Furry Friends Store
FOFF Thrift Store is operated by Pender County Humane Society. Items donated are sold with all profits given to the animals of PCHS.
Open 7 days a week!  Gio Fund is a  501c3 non-profit animal welfare fundraising organization serving the greater Wilmington, North Carolina area.
Monty's Home Animal Lover's Thrift Shop
A unique boutique for pets and the people who love them.  New and gently used items.
PAWS Resale Shoppe
A resale store with a mission is to support local rescue organizations by raising money through sale of donated goods.
If you would you would like your thrift / resale store listed here, please contact us.


Pet Food Pantry

GIO Fund - Oliver's Pantry
A pet food assistance program created to help responsible owners who are struggling to feed their pets.  Open every Tuesday and Saturday from 11am-1pm.
A rescue owned and operated program, that provides FREE pet food, supplies to families that are low income and or financially struggling.
Heidi's Hope Pet Food Bank
Heidi’s Hope for Homeless Animals has partnered with New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and their Animal Services Unit to create a Pet Food Bank.

Canines for Service provides Veterans from all conflicts with service-connected mobility challenges, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma with highly trained service dogs at no cost or promotional consideration.

Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program - CTRP is a non-profit program, teaching therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to children and adults with special needs. Therapeutic riding uses the equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with special needs.   Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of education, sports, recreation, and medicine to individuals with a wide range of disabilities and special needs.

Dogs Deserve Better - A nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained dog, and bringing our 'best friend' into the home and family.

Fido Finder - the largest public database of lost dogs. Lost dog owners and lost dog finders can post classified ads, search listings, print posters, and receive automated email notifications when matching dogs are registered on the website. Start by searching our lost or found dog listings, then proceed to register your lost or found dog to add the dog to our database and begin receiving email updates.

Four Paws & a Wake-UP NC - details

Friends of Felines - A non-profit organization dedicated to reduce the overpopulation of feral cats in New Hanover County by working with committed caretakers through a trap/spay-neuter/vaccinate and return program.

Friends of Southport Ferals - details

Heidi's Hope for Homeless Animals

IMOM - Helping people help pets.  Their mission is to better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. They are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

The K.A.R.M.A. Fund - a private, non-profit organization, formed for the purpose of raising funds to support and promote efforts to increase kindness and respect for companion animals.  These public benefit programs are varied, and may range from providing food and basic vet care for a needy senior citizen to foster care for a family pet during escape from a domestic violence situation to support of low cost spay/neuter programs or microchip programs to help identify lost animals after a hurricane.  

Marley Fund - The Marley Fund is dedicated to making a difference in the fight against feline retroviruses, including both feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency viruses, through public service, promoting awareness and educating the public.  Knowledge about feline diseases and their prevention is essential to the Fund’s mission of stopping the viral cycles and ultimately eradicating feline retroviruses.  As the only national non-profit dedicated to offering an alternative option to immediate euthanasia, they have created a safe haven for infected cats—where quality care and life enrichment are the primary concern.

Missing Pets.Com - A non-profit, nationwide alert system to help you find your missing pet.

Operation Topcat - A non-profit organization that seeks to help the stray and feral cats on Topsail Island.

Orion's Stars - A 501.c3 nonprofit organization making it possible for dog owners to choose life over euthanasia by providing resources and monetary assistance to fund life saving treatment.

Paws-Ability - a non profit organization that raises money to aid existing animal shelters, animal rescue groups and pet needs within Brunswick County.

paws4people - details

Pet Friends of Duplin County - Promotes spaying and neutering, vaccinating, providing animal care, and companion animal welfare.

Phoenix Landing Foundation - a 501c3 non-profit, all volunteer organization established to promote and protect the welfare of parrots, especially those with an extensive lifespan.

Red Rover - details

Ruffian Foundation - A 501c3 group to provide sanctuary for the large number of feral cats in the Wilmington area who are being driven from their habitats mostly due to rapid economic development. 

SAVEDOG Project, Inc.  a 501(c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization focused on large-scale transporting of at-risk dogs from overcrowded shelters and 'sending' partners located in Southeastern states, to 'receiving' rescue partners located in Northeastern states and Canada where they're adopted into forever homes.   

Saving Animals During Disasters - a non-profit organization based out of Carolina Beach, NC, providing disaster aid locally as well as other disaster areas in the southeastern United States. 

Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center - A sea turtle sanctuary committed to the care and release of sick and injured sea turtles. 

Skywatch Bird Rescue - details

Sunburst Foundation of Wilmington - A non-profit canine rescue established in 2001 whose major focus is stopping the in-flow of homeless cats and dogs into municipal shelters.

The Pet Fund - details

These Dog Days - An online community for disabled dog owners with the aim of developing a practical reference for people adjusting to life with a disabled dog.

United States Equine Rescue League - An all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to horse rescue. 

Wilmington Animal Centrix - details 

Wildlife Rescue/Rehab

Financial Assistance

Therapy/Service Animal

Animal Welfare