The official shelter of the city - Wake County Animal Shelter - has been serving Raleigh for decades. Averaging at least 10,000 animals rescued each year, Wake County Animal Shelter has their work cut out for them! They keep a very thorough and transparent monthly reporting system to keep the community informed about all of the ongoings in the shelter, including euthanasia rates and partnerships with other rescues. WACS works hard to prevent overpopulation with their trap-neuter-return program and hopes to one day see a Richmond with no pet homelessness.
SPCA Wake County is the largest no-kill shelter serving the Raleigh metro area, saving an average of several thousand animals each year. WCASPCA is heavily engaged with the community, hosting kids camps, pet loss grief support groups, and even behavior consultations! Their volunteer base is over an impressive one thousand strong and growing! With the help of their dedicated volunteers, they are able to maintain their AniMeals program, which delivers pet food to seniors with very limited mobility.
The oldest no-kill shelter in Wake County, Second Chances, is a rescue founded as a gap service provider by two passionate veterinary students. They focus primarily on dogs with a particularly high risk of unnecessary euthanasia, providing shelter and additional veterinary services. So if you are looking to support a grassroots non-profit, look no further than Second Chances! As they continue as a vibrant cornerstone of their community, so does their need for donations big and small.