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Here’s where pet owners can go for help with training, vet bills, food

Animal shelters in Fayetteville and the Sandhills region are full this week, and far too many adoptable cats and dogs have been euthanized as they run out of space.

Many of the local rescue groups are full, as well, and unless more fosters or adopters step up, they’re unable to rescue very many of the animals coming into the shelter as strays or owner surrenders.

Below are lists of articles and resources for pet owners that we’ve compiled with the help of Michelle Harris, who serves as an administrator for the Facebook group Fayetteville/Fort Bragg Pets and plays an integral role as a member of the Friends of Cumberland County Animal Shelter.


•If your dog has issues with potty training, don’t give up just yet! Here are some tips.

•Shelter pets have been in a loud, stressful environment, and they need time to decompress. If you’ve recently adopted an animal and you find they aren’t behaving, it doesn’t mean they won’t make a great pet — they may just need time. Read this article about decompression.

•This article talks about how to effectively break bad habits in your pets.

•Children sometimes have to be taught how to interact with their four-legged family members. Here are a few articles about teaching your children to be kind to pets.

•Does your dog bark too much? Here’s a guide for you.


•Are you a member of the military who’s being deployed? If you don’t have friends or family to take in your pet during your deployment, you still have options. These groups help service members find people to board their pets during deployments.

•If you’re in the military, consider these things before adding a pet to your family.

•This link includes a list of organizations that help people transport their pets or foster animals.


The following organizations offer financial assistance with veterinary care, bills, spay/neuter and food:

•Brown Dog Foundation

•Care Credit

•Fairy Dog Parents

•Frankie’s Friends

•The Magic Bullet Fund

•The Mosby Foundation

•The Onyx & Breezy Foundation

•Paws 4 A Cure

•The Pet Fund

•Pets of the Homeless

•Red Rover

•The Riedel & Cody Fund


•Shakespeare Animal Fund

•Top Dog Foundation

•Unchain Cumberland County


•If you must find a new home for your pet, and you’ve exhausted all available resources, try this rehoming site before heading to a crowded shelter.


Rescue groups are always in need of people willing to adopt, volunteer, foster or donate. Fostering is free and temporary, so if you have room, consider filling out an application. Note: Not all of the groups below have a foster system or even adopt out animals.  Some local groups to consider are:

•Bails for Tails – Amanda Miller’s Rescue of North Carolina:  Facebook

•Fayetteville Animal Protection Society: Website, Facebook 

•Second Chance Ranch Rescue and Sanctuary: Website, Facebook 

•It Takes A Village: Website, Facebook

•Mutts 2 Majesty Rescue: Website, Facebook

Crisis Dogs: Website, Facebook

•T.A.R.A.: Website, Facebook

•Abandoned Love: Facebook

•Rescue Rangers: Facebook

•Furbaby Rescue of NC: Website, Facebook

•Farm Friends Rescue: Website, Facebook

•Three Sisters and a Brother Animal Rescue: Facebook

•St. Furever Freedom Animal Rescue: Website, Facebook

•Paw Project: Website, Facebook

•Koolz Adoption Program: Website, Facebook

•Franny’s Friends Rescue: Facebook

•Making a Difference:  Facebook

•Leilani Mae Horse Rescue: Website, Facebook

•Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary: Website, Facebook  (don’t miss their live feed — it’s adorable)

•Solutions for Animals: Website, Facebook

•Sandhills Horse Rescue: Website, Facebook

•Thundering Paws Pet Adoption Center: Website, Facebook

•Unchaining Moore Dogs: Website, Facebook

•Lending Paws a Hand: Website, Facebook

•Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption: Website, Facebook

•Unchain Cumberland County: Website, Facebook


•Alley Cat Allies

•American Humane Association


•Best Friends Animal Society

•Humane Society of the United States

•Petco Foundation

•PetSmart Charities

If you know of a great resource to add to the list, please email digital editor Beth Hutson at


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