One of the largest in Durham, the Animal Protection Society saves upwards of 6,000 animals annually since their doors opened back in the 70s. The APS is an excellent resource for the community, offering information on local animal-friendly housing, low-cost neuter and spay clinics, and dog-friendly spots for outings! Operating almost entirely on the donations of the community, the APS is constantly hosting fundraising events like Walk for Paws and pet photos with Santa.
If you are in the market for someone out of the ordinary to add to your family, Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary is the place for you. Founded by two people committed to rescuing animals that are all too often neglected because of their age, species, or special needs, BSAS welcomes both domestic and farm animals through their doors. They offer refuge to these animals and put them up for adoption. Blind Spot welcome visitors to come give love to all of the animals they shelter including but not limited to pigs, goats, dogs, and peacocks!
Independent Animal Rescue was conceived by one woman with a huge dream - a dream of a Durham without homeless, neglected animals. Run entirely by volunteers, IAR hosts a number of adoption events each month in order to keep as much space for new arrivals as possible. IAR partners with several local vets and pet stores in order to find forever homes for these animals as quickly as possible. Their website is updated constantly, and even has a platform for all of their loyal volunteers to stay engaged!
Held at West Point Park, the Festival of the Eno brings thousands to Durham each summer. It is a hodge-podge of dancing, craftsmanship, live music, and all things creative! With two day passes running at only $35 and a special discounted price for teenagers, there is no festival quite like it. Eno prides itself on motto cultural preservation and embraces eclectic minds to create a small community vibe. Vendors are present selling food, beer, and handmade goods. Situated on the stunning Eno River, Festival of the Eno welcomes both bipeds and quadrupeds for days of sunshine, creativity, and barking good times!
A Southern tradition, Juneteenth is a street festival on East Main Street held in Durham to celebrate African American culture and accomplishment. Juneteenth takes its name from the time of year that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached slaves in the Southern-most states. North Carolina has since made it a national holiday; and in Durham, Juneteenth is HUGE! All walks of life and their furry friends are welcome to an afternoon of culture, dancing, and storytelling. Vendors will be selling gifts and food, and a health clinic will be present to offer free health screenings.