Most of us who own pets understand how important they are to us.  We all hope that others will discover this by adopting homeless animals or at least contribute in some way to their lives.  Sadly, in our community, there are countless animals being euthanized daily and thus will never find their forever homes.  Whatever you can do to help, whether it is your time or a monetary contribution, you have the ability to make a difference in an animal’s life.  Some prefer to work directly with the animals and others choose not to have their heartstrings pulled in every direction.  There are many other volunteer positions available, such as organizing fundraisers, clerical work, educating the public or just being an advocate for the animals.  Those who work in the shelters are the true heroes of our community.  Their dedication to saving lives daily is tireless and never ending.  Without them, we would not have been blessed with our two furballs and for that, we are very thankful.  Below you will find a list of organizations that are dedicated to making a difference and need your support.

Animal Advocates of Moore County, Inc.
229A Ridgeline Drive
Aberdeen, NC  28315
910-944-5098 – Email Contact
Maureen Burke-Horansky
Lisa Bridge
Operations Director
Barb Shepherd

AAMC needs volunteers to help staff the cats-in-residence program at Petsmart.  We will be there every 5th month and have shifts available throughout the day from store opening to store close.  Involves cleaning, feeding, watering and interacting with the cats and kittens, as well as interaction with the public.

Other Opportunities Include:
-Foster homes for cats and dogs
-Adoption Events
-Hosts of jewelry collection parties (AAMC collects jewelry year-round for its annual sale at the Holly Festival)
To volunteer, please contact Susan Vance at or 910-295-4707


The Animal Center of Moore County
5235 U.S. Hwy. 15-501
Carthage, NC  28327

Center Adoption Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00-4:30 PM
Saturdays 10:00-4:00 PM
The Animal Center of Moore County is an all-access shelter run by the county.  After a 72 hour waiting period, lost or stray animals not picked up by their owners or surrendered animals that are healthy and well adjusted, are put up for adoption.  The $65.00 adoption fee for a dog or cat includes first shots, worming, microchip and spay/neuter.

Volunteer opportunities are available for people over 18 years of age.  Volunteer applications can be picked up at the Center.


Central N.C. Animal Welfare Coalition
Pat Newton – Contact


Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee Education Program (PRC)
Angela Zumwalt, Co-Chair and Pamela Partis, Co-Chair
910-949-9953 or

Appointed by the Moore County Commissioners in early 2006, the mission of the Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee is to provide and drive, with the support of the County Commissioners, solutions to the pet overpopulation crisis in Moore County.  The Committee pulls together members from various backgrounds and interests.  The primary focus of the Committee is education in schools.  A six session Pet Responsibility is now presented to all 1,000 plus fourth graders in all Moore County public schools and has now expanded to the private school sector.  The program explores and encourages pet responsibility, accountability, respect, commitment, advocacy and courage, all within the context of caring for the domesticated animals that share our lives.  Volunteers are the backbone of the program, and new volunteers are always welcome.  All that is required is a love of animals and the desire to share that passion with fourth graders.


Feral Friends of the Sandhills
PO Box 807
Pinehurst, NC  28374
Sandi Shriberg, Vice President – Contact
Sherry Mortenson, President
Sandi Shriberg, Vice President
Camie Marion, Treasurer and Secretary

Feral Friends of the Sandhills mission is to stop the killing of cats, to advocate for their humane care and to reduce the stray and feral cat overpopulation in Moore County through the non-lethal method of Trap, Neuter, Return.


Hoke/Raeford Humane Society
700 CC Steel Street
Raeford, NC 28376

A small shelter with limited funding from the county.  Although not a no-kill shelter, the pets are treated with the up-most respect.  The focus is finding as many compatible homes as possible.


“Tail Waggin’ Tutors” – Children Reading to Dogs
Linda Hubbard, Volunteer Coordinator Moore County Schools

The mission of Tail Waggin’ Tutors is to expand a child’s interest in reading and thus lay the groundwork for a lifetime of education ultimately leading to a higher quality of life.  “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” began as Luther & Friends Canine Visitors Bureau in 2005.  The bureau consisted of two programs C.A.R.E. Canine Assisted Reading Education and Responsible Pet Ownership.  Over the past five years, seven classes have graduated into the program.  74 canines and their owners have graduated, all certified by Therapy Dog International.

Eligibility – Canines and their owners must be certified by Therapy Dogs International, Inc. and have a Canine Good Citizenship Certificate issued through the American Kennel Club.

Training – Training for TDI and AKC certification is available through several trainers/schools in Moore and Lee Counties.


Moore Humane Society
5355 NC Hwy. 22
Carthage, NC 28327
910-947-2631 – Email Contact
Open everyday 12:00-6:00 PM except Wednesday


Pet Placement Project (P3)
Pamela Partis, Co-Chair
The Pet Placement Project was founded in March, 2012.  our goal is to increase the adoption rate and lower the euthanasia rate of adoptable pets at the Animal Center of Moore County.  To help achieve this goal, we host adoption events, foster pets and provide an “Adoption Wish List”.  If you or someone you know is looking to adopt a pet, they can complete our online adoption wish list – our volunteers regularly visit the Animal Center of Moore County searching for your new best friend.  We will contact you when a possible match is found.  If you would like to learn more about us, or would like to volunteer, please call 910-315-0333 or visit our website at


Prancing Horse, Inc.
Center for Therapeutic Riding
910-246-3202 Email Contact

Our mission….to improve the physical and emotional well being of special needs individuals by providing a safe and supportive environment in which they may experience the benefits of therapeutic riding.

We invite you to join us in an adventure that provides a needed service to children and adults with special needs.  There are many jobs that need to be done such as; working directly with the clients, administrative tasks in the office, fund raising, care for horses and event planning.


Sandhills Animal Rescue League, Inc.
396 Thomas Road
Jackson Springs, NC 27281
910-947-4468 or 910-638-1921
Ask for Lou Atkins – Email Contact


Solutions For Animals, Inc. (SFA)
2298 Horace Walters Road
Raeford, NC 28376
Cindy Bristow, Owner/Operator
needed for fund-raisers, dog chaperones, animal transporters, fostering, training and socializing, dog and cat grooming and much more.