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Pender County Animal Shelter assists Pender County Animal Control and takes in animals belonging to Pender County residents and animals found in Pender County. They're an open-admission and open-adoption municipal shelter. Although they aren't a no-kill shelter, they have a very high adoption rate.
Animal Control Officers respond to reports of rabid animals, dog and cat bites, injured and abused animals, stray or roaming animals, and animals that are considered a threat to public health and safety. Rabies is a serious health concern in Pender County, and all animals over 4 months should be vaccinated. If your pet needs a rabies vaccine, you can have it done at Pender County Animal Shelter for a minimal fee.
The first step when adopting from Pender County Anmal Shelter is to make the loving choice to take a furry face out of a cage into your home.
Next, you need a photo ID and be 18+ years old.
You'll need to complete some paperwork, meet the animal you're interested in adopting, and provide payment in full at the time of adoption.
Pender County Animal Shelter doesn't adopt to people who have any animal cruelty convictions.
Adoption fees at Pender County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations for rabies and distemper for all animals, parvo and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations for dogs, deworming, coccidia treatment, 30-day flea/tick treatment, an examination by the shelter vet, and microchipping.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.