Local rescue groups
- Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:47
- Eric Newman
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Cat Adoption Team, Wilmington (910)792-9014
Cat Tails, Ocean Isle (910)253-1375 cattails.org
Cape Fear Spay/Neuter, Castle Hayne (910)602-1101
Cat Kind and Safe Harbor Farm, Maysville (252)422-6770 safeharborfarm.org
Camp Lejeune Animal Control (910)451-2695
Carteret County Humane Society (252)247-7744
Craven County Animal Control (252)637-4606
Marley Fund, Greenville (leukemia/aids positive cats) (252)215-0925 marleyfund.com
New Hanover County Animal Control (910)763-6692
Onslow County Animal Control (910)455-0182
PAWS Carteret, Morehead City (252)247-3341
Saving Graces 4 Felines, Greenville (252)355-3404Helpful hints for re-homing an animal yourself:
- 1) Always ask potential adopters for the telephone number of their veterinarian and then call the vet's office for a reference. Your pet will be more likely to be taken care of by someone who sees the vet regularly for routine things and is on heartworm and flea preventive than by someone who rarely (if ever) takes their other pets to the vet. Sadly, sometimes people who respond to "free to good home" are looking for animals for dog fighting bait, laboratory experimentation, or even snake food. Yes, this does really happen. Be aware and vigilant.
- 2) Post pictures of your pet at all the vet's offices, together with a description of their qualities and needs. Be honest about your pet's faults and medical issues. Failing to disclose may get your pet a home right now, only to end up with it being surrendered to animal control if it urinates on the carpets, etc.
- 3) Be prepared to update your pet on all vaccines and lab tests (leukemia, heartworm, etc) and be sure your pet is spayed or neutered prior to placing in a new home. Your pet is more appealing to people when they aren't going to have to immediately budget a new pet's annual visit and sterilization surgery into their budget.
- 4) Request that potential adopters bring pictures of previous pets and their home if you're not willing to visit their home directly. Check their address at googlemaps.com and check their profiles on Myspace and Facebook before meeting with them.
- 5) Don't delude yourself into thinking you can drop your pet off at our Animal Control office here in Onslow County and that your pet will be in a new home in a matter of days. Most of the pets there (especially the cats) have terrible adoption rates and most are euthanized (thousands every single year). There are simply too many pets and too few homes. Don't breed your pet. Spay and neuter saves lives!