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The Carolina Animal Protection Society of Onslow County is on a mission - to save any abused, neglected, unwanted, ageing, sick, hungry or homeless pets from the street or an unsafe environment and nurse them back to health, socialize them, love them and care for them like they were their own.  

Once the pets that enter the Society are healthy, the staff will take all the time that is necessary to find every pet their perfect forever family. Have you been thinking about adopting a little furry friend? Do you have questions or concerns? The staff at Caroline Animal Protection Society of Onslow County will be more than happy to answer those questions, calm your fears and educate you on the responsibilities and joys of becoming a pet parent.  

You can view the adoptable pets on their website or at adoption events held throughout the year. The staff here wants to stress that a pet is not a present; it is a lifetime commitment! It is a living, breathing, feeling soul that relies on his person for food, love and security. If you are willing to give a second chance to an animal that truly has earned it, please come by today and meet the furry love of your life!

CAPS also has many community outreach programs like low-cost shot clinics and spay/neuter clinics. If your dog or cat isn't spayed or neutered and you have questions about the procedure itself, contact CAPS. They are advocates for spaying and neutering all pets to not only keep the animal population down but to drastically cut that pets risk of developing uterine or testicular cancers and other life-threatening diseases later in life.  

If you are not in the market to adopt right now, there are other ways an animal lover, like yourself, can help. Do you have any spare time that you can donate to work at the facility? The staff are always searching for dedicated and caring volunteers to walk the dogs, do some cleaning, work in the office, help with fundraisers, transport the animals and so much more. Are you a member of an organization that needs a charitable cause? CAPS hopes you will consider making a one time, weekly or monthly commitment to them to help out. Doing good feels good! Come on down and feel for yourself!

If you do not have any time to spare right now, you could also consider either making a monetary donation to assist with the operation of CAPS and its many community outreach programs or donating items on CAPS' wish list - like quality food, bedding, medications, cleaning supplies, boxes of copy paper, gift cards for supplies or gas, treats or toys. Did you know your donation is tax-deductible? Did you lose a furry friend recently? CAPS would consider it an honor to accept a donation in their memory. At CAPS, they know our pets are our family. 

If you are interested in adopting, volunteering, fostering or donating, please contact CAPS as soon as possible!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Jacksonville

  • Admission FREE!
    Month April

    #1 Arbor Day Observance

    Dogs love trees; we love dogs - seems like a great excuse to bring these two things together! The city of Jacksonville celebrates Arbor Day each year, where you can adopt a street or a highway and make a promise to keep it clean and green! Contact the city to see about planting a tree at one the area's many green spaces. Your leashed pup (no retractable leashes please) can join in on the festivities as long as they promise not to "christen" your newly planted tree. Do your part for Jacksonville and Mother Earth and plant a tree!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration First Saturday of...

    #2 Jacksonville Jamboree Spring Festival

    When Spring has Sprung that can only mean one thing in Jacksonville - its time for the Jacksonville Jamboree! Every first Saturday in May, the community comes together to breathe in some cool Spring air, catch up, ride carnival rides, check out the local vendors, eat some yummy food and just celebrate the coming of Spring! Your leashed buddy can join you (no retractable leashes please) if he is well-behaved (and you are, too, and promise to clean up after any messes he may leave behind). Music, rides, food, fun and your furry buddy - sounds like a perfect day to us!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October

    #3 Onslow Oktoberfest at Riverwalk Crossing Park

    OOM PA PA - its time for Oktoberfest! Come on down for beer and German foods and bring your leashed dog, your kids and your whole family to have a blast! There will be music and entertainment on the Bojangel's kid stage, train rides, yard games and science booths for the kiddo and us adults can participate in the Glow Run, watch a new Miss Oktoberfest be crowned, do some shopping at the many vendors that will be on hand and did we mention the beer and German foods? During Oktoberfest, we are all part-German (and not just your German Shepherd). Come on down!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December

    #4 Jacksonville Winterfest

    Wanna go walkin' in a winter wonderland? Bring the whole family (including your leashed, furry family member) and stroll through Riverdale Park in Downtown Jacksonville. 
    Enjoy some hot cocoa, catch up with old friends (and maybe meeting some new ones), and munch on some delicious and fattening foods (its winter - calories don't count)! Be sure you clean up after your furry friend.  There will also be ice sculptures, craft shows, the annual tree lighting, kid's games, hay rides and train rides. Oh, what fun it is to ride on ... a tractor or a train!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    #5 Reindeer Run 5k abd Merry Mile

    On your mark, get set -JINGLE! This annual, dog-friendly event is sponsored by Stephenson Chevrolet. Either come on down and participate in the 5k/Merry Mile or stand on the sidelines with your furry friend (no retractable leashes) and be an athletic supporter! After the run, walk, jog or trot, there will be an ugly sweater contest. You and your dog can win one of many prizes - just dawn your ugliest, silliest or most unique Christmas sweaters. What do you have to lose? This day will be filled with family-friendly activities, and don't forget to get your picture with Santa himself before you leave!
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