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Only You Can Make A Difference!!

Posted on 15 July, 2011 at 13:04 Comments comments (2)
As you watch this video, please think about getting involved in your community to enact laws and ordinances to change what you are seeing.  It's only through your elected officials that you will get the needed changes into law.  You can make the difference!

Please Cast Your Vote

Posted on 19 March, 2011 at 10:16 Comments comments (2)

Why the North Carolina Animal Welfare Section is important
March 11th, 2011
Created in 2005, this underfunded program has generated significant positive change for the animals of North Carolina and the shelters caring for them. The Animal Welfare Section:

  • Inspects shelters, boarding kennels, pet stores and large rescue groups to ensure the safety of the animals and workers within them
  • Provides on line inspection reports of above listed facilities available to the general public for review at their leisure
  • Inspects euthanasia processes and euthanasia technicians each year to ensure that they meet the requirements of the AWA
  • Provides shelters and county officials with options for correcting deficiencies that fit within the county budget and assists in finding resources for repairs and training
  • Handles hundreds of animal welfare complaints from the general public annually regarding shelters, pet stores and animal rescues
  • Acts as resource for shelters and animal control agencies throughout North Carolina and provides valuable information sharing between agencies
  • Has found countless deficiencies in shelter structures across the state resulting is shelter renovations that have drastically improved the lives of NC shelter animals
  • Provides oversight of euthanasia procedures
  • Inspectors promote Spay/Neuter through education of both the public and local governments
  • Provides community outreach to remove the stigma associated with animals shelters
  • Has been responsible for uncovering puppy mills, animal cruelty cases and unscrupulous “rescues”

Why should you oppose this proposal?
If the Animal Welfare Section is eliminated there will be no oversight of animal shelters, boarding facilities, pet stores or large rescue groups. Over 320,000 animals enter NC shelters annually. Our shelters are in crisis due to pet overpopulation and budget cuts. Elimination of this section would be a devastating blow to the animals and the men and women who are caring for them.
Who would be impacted by this proposal?
The elimination of the Animal Welfare Section cuts
less than $400,000
from the Department’s $61 million budget.
The Animal Welfare Section has been under funded since the inception of the program in 2005. Even grossly underfunded, the Section positively impacts over 320,000 shelter animals annually, hundreds of animal welfare workers across the state, and animal facilities in 100 counties.

Finding your Lost Pet at the Shelter in Onslow

Posted on 21 January, 2011 at 16:22 Comments comments (3)
     If you have lost your pet, go to the shelter and ask to walk through the entire facility to look for your lost pet.  Have proper identification with you to identify yourself and the pet you are looking for  Preferably a picture of your pet and vet records to prove you are the owner.

     If you are denied by any of the shelter staff or management, please contact us immediately.

     It is against NC law 130A-192 a2) to prevent you from viewing every animal in the facility, even in quarantine when searching for your lost pet   At the meeting that was held on the 18th in Jacksonville at the Department of Health Auditorium it appeared that shelter management was not following this law, as they stated no such law exists.  This law has been in effect for over a year!!!

     You will also find a sign on the front door which states "Not Allowed To Enter With Open Toe Shoes"  Please go to the front desk and ask them for a pair of disposable booties that our organization dropped off to them some time ago.  The only acknowledgement we received for doing this is that now there are two signs on the front door, stating you are not allowed in with open toe shoes.  Just ask for the booties!!!

The Puppy Mill Project

Posted on 9 January, 2011 at 8:55 Comments comments (2)
In Illinois pet stores must now disclose posted information regarding the breeder etc.  Please click on the link to read further.  Would like to join their efforts and have the same law here in NC.  We will be working further on this and will keep you posted.

Grass Roots meeting re: animal control

Posted on 6 January, 2011 at 10:50 Comments comments (104)
Here is the link to register for the grassroots meeting in Onslow County regarding animal control.  Please register and attend, this was the meeting that was cancelled in November and the one we all have been waiting for.

New status for animals within the legal system

Posted on 26 December, 2010 at 13:51 Comments comments (103)


DAVID FAVRE* (Prof. of Law, Michigan State Univ.)
Conclusion (of article)
As developed in this Article, the proposition that animals can possess legal
rights is already supported by the reality of events within our legal
system. Animals already have a modest variety of legal rights within the
categories of weak (red), strong (blue), and preferred (green) rights. To
make a more coherent package of all the animal-related public policy issues,
it will be useful to acknowledge the existence of a fourth category of
property, living property. Once this new category is separated out from
other property, a focused scholarly consideration of the issues will result
in a new list of legal rights for at least some of these animals. This
Article has suggested both what some of the rights might be and how
traditional rules of property law might be modified to accommodate the
presence of this new category.

At this point in history, the non-human animals of our Earth are not our
brothers, nor our equals, but like our children.151 They have interests of
their own that deserve to be nurtured and protected from human harm, both in
the consideration of ethical acts and the laws that we humans implement on
their behalf.