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Paws Place in Wilmington, NC is the area's most well-known and beloved dog shelter. This no-kill shelter makes it their primary goal to find every single dog they take in a loving home. Every dog they have taken in, since 1999, has been showered with love and affection and given all necessary medical treatment, shots, and microchips. 

Paws Place is a non-profit and they rely entirely on volunteers, foster homes, and donations to keep the shelter up and running. Therefore, community involvement with Paws Place is one of the shelter's top priorities. They encourage everyone from the surrounding community to consider volunteering at the shelter, becoming a foster parent for one of their dogs in need or simply just donating to help save a dog's life. They also host numerous Meet and Greets throughout the year so the community can meet their adoptable dogs, have Dog Day Afternoons for humans and their dogs, and they do special doggy Howl-o-Ween parties in October. 

Coastal Canine Rescue also has a similar mission to Paws Place. They are a special type of shelter because they don't have an actual rescue facility. Rather, they are a very small group of volunteers that take all dogs into foster homes until the dogs can find their forever homes. They solely rely on community donations to take care of their adoptable dogs.

Adopt an Angel is also a foster-based rescue center that has no physical shelter. They specialize in taking cats and dogs that have run out of time in county shelters and foster them until they find new homes. Adopt an Angel has saved over 11,000 dogs who would have been put down had they stayed in a kill shelter. The organization hosts many adoption days throughout the Wilmington community, they have puppy painting parties, and they host numerous fundraisers. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Wilmington

  • Admission $50.00
    Month February
    Duration 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    #1 Annual Fur Ball of the Crystal Coast

    During February on a set date from 6:00-9:00 pm at The Doubletree Atlantic Beach Oceanfront, get your pup all dressed up and dapper to attend the Fur Ball! This is a fundraiser for Austin Veterinary Outreach and Rescue and tickets are $50, which includes drinks and a buffet dinner. There will be door prizes and a silent auction. Adoptable dogs will walk a special red carpet throughout the night. Book a room upstairs in their dog-friendly hotel and make a weekend of this special event with your favorite people and puppies!
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  • Admission $10.00
    Duration 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm...

    #2 Pet Massage Days

    Spoil your four-legged friend and treat them to a relaxing and rejuvenating pet massage! This is a weekly open-event in Cary, NC just outside of Wilmington. They have a pet health and discovery topic every week and of course, dogs are welcome to come and join the fun. One dog per person, please. Tickets cost $10 and proceeds are donated to Wake SPCA. This is a great fun and educational event for you and your dog to attend. You won't be disappointed!
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  • Admission $5.00
    Month April
    Duration 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #3 Pawz in Park

    This annual Pawz in Park event typically takes places in April. Activities usually include dog-related vendors, yummy food for both humans and doggos, a beer tent, a silent auction, prizes, t-shirt sales, and much more! Admission is $5 and proceeds are donated to a variety of local dog and animal shelters and rescue groups. This is a special event that is perfect for taking your dog to and spending some fun, quality time together outdoors!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #4 Paws on the Patio

    Hosted every year by Paws Place, this special event is for both dogs and owners to attend and enjoy together. Keep checking back to Paws Place Facebook page for a specific date for the event. Donations are encouraged and proceeds go to help the dogs at Paws Place! At the event, there is generally awesome food, games of corn hole, some really awesome raffle prizes, and a whole lot more! You can also meet some of the adoptable dogs that Paws Place has available. This is a perfect family event and is something you and your pup will not want to miss out on!
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  • Admission $20.00
    Duration 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    #5 Yappy Hour Pub Crawl

    Yappy Hour Pub Crawl is hosted by Wilmington's Von Barkee's Dog Spa and Bakery. The event starts at the bakery with drinks for the humans and ball pit playtime, treats, and dog introduction for the pups! Event tickets are $20 and that includes treats for your pup and a t-shirt for all owners. You also get one ticket to the bar for a drink of your choice. This is the ultimate event for dog lovers to enjoy! Even if you don't have your own dog to bring, you are more than welcome to come and enjoy the company of all the other pups in attendance. Get ready for a pawesome time!
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