Unconditional love is something we all crave and you need not look too far to find it by adopting a pet from one of our local shelters.  Among the numerous benefits of providing a good home to an abandoned animal, is that you are helping to deal with the overpopulation of animals in Moore County.  This generous act is rewarded repeatedly by the loving nature and devotion of a rescued pet.  We cherish both of our rescued dogs and cannot imagine how empty our life would be without them.  These animals seem to sense that they have been saved and continually show their gratitude with a warm nuzzle, a purr or a wagging tail.

Please make adoption your first option

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Fostered Pets for Adoption
Please spay and neuter your pets and save lives!


First seen peering through the fence at the back of my yard.  I couldn’t very close, but could see that they had no collars, were dirty and their faces were covered with large, engorged ticks.  They appeared every morning so I started feeding them and set humane traps.  When I had success I took them to the Humane Society for evaluation and their first shots.  They needed socialization, rabies shots and spaying.
They are now enjoying the feeling of being with a family that cares for them and in particular, get along very well with my three dogs.  This brings my pet population over the maximum allowed in my community so I am eager to find a permanent loving home for them – together or separately.  They need further socialization but are bright, happy, 8 month old girls.  If anyone is interested, please contact Judy at 910-295-0653

BERT AND ERNIE . Lab mixes about a year old (Retriever/Rhodesian Ridgeback).  They are sweet as any Lab and we believe they are at least part that breed.  Aroundy 50 pounds, they are full grown and healthy – heartworm negative.  These two siblings were found wandering near Fort Bragg and obviously cared for by someone.  No one has claimed them, so they are available for adoption.  They are apparently house broken and very affectionate. Up-to-date on shots.  Please give one (or both) of these boys a try in your home.  Visit www.petfinder.com Canine Friends or email altolucy@nc.rr.com
WILLY is a 10 year old neutered male pure bred Shitzu. His owner is heartbroken to give this little guy up due to financial burdens. He does require thyroid medication that costs about $10.00 per month. He’s very sweet and laid back, requires basically no walking, and spends much of his time resting. Can you find room on your lap and in your heart for this sweet, sweet boy???? Willy is listed on www.petfinder.com or contact altolucy@nc.rr.com.

is another dog that was rescued off the street.  She’s around two and half years old, house trained, spayed and very sweet.  Her current owner just had too many dogs and had to downsize her pack.  Brandy will make someone very happy in her forever home!  Visit www.petfinder.com Canine Friends or email altolucy@nc.rr.com
SHEEBA is a great medium sized dog, rescued off the street and looking for her new home.  We believe she is a Terrier mix a little over a year old.  Sheeba has been spayed, up to date on routine shots, is house trained and knows several commands.  She’s heartworm negative and full grown at around 35 pounds.  A well behaved, lovable dog that will make some family a great pet.  Visit www.petfinder.com Canine Friends or email altolucy@nc.rr.com
HOLLY is a sweet, friendly Hound mix about 2 years old.  She has spent most of that two years tied in a back yard.  We have her started on shots and had her examined by a vet.  She’s heartworm negative.  She is currently being socialized with other dogs and seems to love the company.  Next, we will get her spayed and into a foster home for further training.  Holly weighs around 50 pounds, so a good medium sized dog for a family.  Give her a try!  She will be eternally grateful and fill your life with joy!  Visit www.petfinder.com Canine Friends or email altolucy@nc.rr.com

BRUTUS is a two year old sweetheart of a dog.  Labrador Retriever mix who loves people and other dogs, and can’t get enough attention!  Understandable, as he was a stray for quite a while.  Now he’s being cared for, fed, loved and housed properly – he’s in heaven!!!  Neutered and Up-to-date on shots, house broken, he’s almost ready for his new forever home!!  Visit www.petfinder.com Canine Friends/Southern Pines or email altolucy@nc.rr.com.

Many people have misguided beliefs about the “quality” of shelter animals.  Some of the common misconceptions are:
Shelter animals are inferior to purebreds – FALSE. Purebred dogs are not smarter, healthier or more even-tempered than canines and felines of mixed breeding.  Unfortunately, due to mass breeding,  many purebreds are also surrendered to animal shelters and are awaiting adoption.
Shelter animals are older and therefore, not trainable – FALSE. There are plenty of puppies and kittens that need to be adopted and  mature pets often make better pets and respond well to good, effective training techniques.  Consistency, patience and understanding are the keys to a well-trained pet.
Shelter animals have behavioral problems – FALSE. The sad truth is that most of these animals are where they are due to their previous guardians’ ignorance and indifference.  Many people who have acquired pets from shelters are pleasantly surprised with the fine companions they have adopted.  While many are just scared or show signs of excitement, it’s usually just due to the stressful environment to which they have been exposed.  As with any new pet, please be patient and expect an adjustment period.
Many adoptions are successful because there are few surprises regarding the type or breed of pet adopted.  Many of the shelters will screen the applicant to ensure a compatible fit to their lifestyle and family.  Please do your research and find out as much about the animal’s history.  Does the animal fit into your lifestyle?  Does the animal get along with children and other pets?  Will you and others commit to make your new pet a valued member of your family?
The #1 reason and benefit of adopting a pet is the experience associated with saving an animal’s life!
  • Adopting is usually inexpensive compared to buying a pet from a breeder.
  • Adopting a mature pet usually means that you do not need to go through the demanding stages of housebreaking a puppy or kitten.  Also, with a mature pet you already have a good idea of their temperament, size etc.
  • Your new, adopted pet will be the most loving and devoted companion that you could ask for!
Please refer to Wednesday’s Pilot for the “Pet of the Week” showcasing a pet available for adoption through one of our local shelters.
“I Rescued a Human Today”
Author: Janine Allen CPDT
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.  I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.  I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.  As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from the little accident I had in the back of my cage.  I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today.  Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.  As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past.  I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someones life.  She got down on her knees and made a little kissy sounds at me.  I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.  Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.  A tear fell down her cheek and I raised  my paw to assure her that all would be well.  Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.  I would promise to keep her safe.  I would promise to always be by her side.  I would promise to do everything I could, to see the radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.  I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.  So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors.  So many more to be saved.  At least I could save one.  I rescued a human today.
Moore County Animal Control Statistics
68 Percent of all animals entering Moore Animal (Control) Center are euthanized…
Please make Adoption Your First Option ~ Save a life today!


Animal Advocates of Moore County, Inc.
229A Ridgeline Drive
Aberdeen, NC  28315
contact@aamcnc.org Email Contact
Call for Appointments
Maureen Burke-Horansky
Susan Vance
Operations Director
Barb Shepherd
Animal Control Center
5235 Hwy. 15-501
Carthage, NC  28327 – Located on Hwy. 15-501 just south
of Carthage.  The driveway is beside Moore County Public
Works, just above the Moore County Schools administration
910-947-5952 Fax
www.co.moore.nc.us/ – select Animal Operations
under the Departments tab.
Monday-Friday 10:00-4:45 PM
New Extended Hours:  Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00-6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00-2:00 PM
Drop Off
Monday and Fridays 8:00-4;45 PM
Saturday 10:00-2:00 PM
Sunday 8:30-11:30 AM
Director of Operations
Al Carter
Established to maintain and care for unwanted pets and stray domestic animals received from Moore County animal control officers and the citizens
of Moore County, as well as place adoptable animals in good homes.
Hoke/Raeford Humane Society
700 CC Steel Road
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.
Moore Humane Society
5355 NC Hwy. 22
Carthage, NC  28327
moorehumane@embarqmail.com – email contact
Open everyday from 12:00-6:00 PM except Wednesdays
Incorporated in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Moore Humane Society is the founder of animal welfare in the Sandhills.  The only state-licensed, privately funded animal shelter in Moore County, it rescues, rehabilitates and adopts homeless animals and practices “no-kill” philosophies.
It’s mission is to ensure that all animals are treated with compassion and respect and to end euthanasia as a means of controlling pet overpopulation in our community.
Finding homes for Labs
moorelabs@email.com – email contact
Debbie Letteney
Founded in 1996, Petfinder.com houses and offers access to the largest database of homeless pets on the Web, featuring hundreds of thousands of adoptable pets at more than 12,000 animal welfare organizations nationwide.  Millions of visitors search the Petfinder.com database daily, helping homeless pets across the country find new homes worldwide.
Sandhills Animal Rescue League, Inc.
396 Thomas Road
Jacksons Springs, NC  27281
910-947-4468 or 910-638-1921 (cell)
Ask for Lou Atkins
sarlspets@yahoo.com – email contact
A non-profit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stray and abandoned companion animals, focusing on individualized care and attention.  It offers a return policy if the adopted pet is not compatible with the house hold.
Solutions for Animals, Inc. (SFA)
2298 Horace Walters Road
Raeford, NC  28376
Cindy Bristow
An indoor facility for rescued animals.  Adoptions are based on compatibility between the pet and the prospective adopter.