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Chapel Hill, North Carolina is well-known as the home of the University of North Carolina. While not known for having a homeless animal problem, Chapel Hill is home to numerous animals that do need new homes. Fortunately, there are local animal shelters that can help these animals in their time of want.

Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) is a no-kill rescue that helps care for homeless animals and find them new homes. This non-profit organization uses foster families to help care for a larger number of animals at one time. The rescue is funded by donations, fundraisers, and adoption fees, and volunteers and foster families help make the work of CARE possible. CARE has been helping animals in Chapel Hill since 1975.

Hope Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue that helps stray animals get off the streets and into new, loving homes. Hope Animal Rescue doesn’t believe in euthanizing healthy, adoptable animals, and works hard to give all animals a chance at finding a new home. With the help of generous donations and volunteers, Hope Animal Rescue is able to help hundreds of animals each year. Hope Animal Rescue also uses foster families to help care for stray animals until they can be placed into new, permanent homes.

If you live in the Chapel Hill area and are looking for a new pet, consider contacting one of these two rescues. You are sure to find a loving new family member at either Chatham Animal Rescue and Education or Hope Animal Rescue.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Chapel Hill

  • Admission $5.00
    Month October
    Duration 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #1 NC State Veterinary Medicine Dog Olympics


    NC State University’s Veterinary Medicine department hosts a Dog Olympics each year in October for talented dogs to come show off their skills! Pooches can participate in limbo competitions, a howling contest, high jump contests, and the frisbee toss competition! There will also be activities for children and vendor booths.

    The event is held from 10 am to 2 pm at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    Admission for a dog owner with a competing dog is $5. For those who don’t have a competing dog, admission is $2. Admission for an individual is $1 and children under five get in for free!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month April
    Duration 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    #2 SPCA of Wake County K9 3K Dog Walk and Woofstock


    Every April, dogs and humans come together to help raise money for the SPCA of Wake County at the K9 3K Dog Walk and Woofstock event! Join other pups and their owners for a nice long walk and a day full of fun. Enter your dog in contests such as the dog race and take fun, festive Woofstock photos!

    During the walk, bottled water will be provided for the human walkers. Dogs can take a moment to beat the heat in one of the many pools set up throughout the course.

    Fees will be announced closer to the event date. The event runs from 9 am to 2 pm.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 8:00 am Onward

    #3 Santa Paws 5K


    Every year, the SPCA of Wake County celebrates the upcoming Christmas season with the Santa Paws 5K race! The race is USATF sanctioned and timed. Bring your dog to the race for a truly fun way to help raise money to support homeless pets in the area. After the race, don’t forget to stop for a photograph with Santa!

    The race takes place at Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, which is just a short drive from Chapel Hill.

    Race entry fees will be announced closer to the event date. Early bird registration discounts will be available prior to the race date.

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  • Admission $12.00
    Month October
    Duration 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #4 Howl-O-Ween Pup Crawl


    Halloween is a fun time for the whole family, and your dog shouldn’t have to miss out on the celebrations! Bring your pup down to downtown Raleigh for the pup crawl of the year! Dress up in your favorite costume, and don’t forget to put your pooch in a fun costume as well.

    Registration begins at 1 pm at Boxcar Bar + Arcade and the Pup Crawl starts at 2. At 3:30, there is a doggy costume contest at Isaac Hunter’s. The Pup Crawl ends at 6.

    Admission is $12 per person. Advance registration is highly encouraged as space is limited.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #5 Barktoberfest


    October brings about Barktoberfest in Durham, North Carolina. At Durham Central Park, dogs and owners have an afternoon of fun together. Enjoy the Barktoberfest Fun Walk and bring in donations for the Canine Food Drive! You can browse vendors at the Pet Market and get photos taken in the photo booth. Be sure to enjoy beer and food as well, and don’t miss out on the raffles! You can also enter your pupper in the costume contest for a chance to win prizes.

    There will be rescues on-site with adoptable pets that are ready to meet their new families.

    The event runs from 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free.

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