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Community CareGiver Spotlight: Wake County Animal Center

The Wake County Animal Center is the community animal shelter operated by Wake County Government that receives all lost, stray, abandoned and surrendered animals from the community. This year the Animal Center will receive approximately 17,000 animals that are looking for second chances.  Learn more about the center.

Mission Statement

The Wake County Animal Center provides excellent customer service to the public and a high quality of care to animals that are brought to the center. We accomplish this by:

  • educating the public regarding appropriate pet care
  • providing services that will result in the reduction of rabies and lost pets in the community
  • re‐uniting lost pets with their families
  • re‐homing adoptable animals
  • promoting responsible pet ownership through community education
    programs and individual consultations with potential pet owners

Donations and Volunteering

Interested in volunteering with the Wake County Animal Care, Control, and Adoption Center and being an advocate for animals?  The first step is attending a Volunteer Orientation class, which takes about 1.5 hours. At this time the minimum age to volunteer is 16 years old and if you are under 18, you must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Volunteers will work with pets at the Center to ensure their health and well-being.

Are you looking for ways to help animals in our community, but already have pets at home to love and can’t find time in your busy day to volunteer at the Animal Center? No problem—you can still have a positive impact on lost, surrendered or stray animals in our community by donating to the Wake County Animal Center. More information can be found at

Other Ways to Help

  • Donate money
  • Sponsor a pet
  • Donate pet food
  • Donate products (such pet crates, leashes collars)
  • Host a special fundraising event
  • Host a “restaurant night”
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