Pet Help Resources
- Behavior Issues
- Pet Friendly Housing
- Veterinary Care
- Local Dog Training
- PET FOOD
- Feral Cats
- Military Deployment
- Re-homing A PEt
- Lost Pet Tips
- Low Cost Spay/Neuter
- Orphaned Kittens
Pet Behavior Resources
Online Behavior resources for CATS & DOGS:
Richmond SPCA’s Pet Behavior Library
ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist
Richmond SPCA's Virtual Training Classes
Richmond SPCA's Low-Cost Behavior Consultation
Online Behavior resources for DOGS:
Humane Society of the United States Dog Care and Behavior Tips
ASPCA's Common Dog Behavior Issues
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Online Behavior resources specific to CATS:
Humane Society of the United States Cat Care and Behavior Tips
ASPCA Common Cat Behavior Issues
Quick reference for some common dog behavior issues:
Nuisance barking is usually due to boredom, frustration, or anxiety. If your dog is excessively barking, please consider:
- Is your dog getting enough exercise? Dogs need daily exercise. Consider taking your dog for a walk at least once every day!
- Does your dog have access to food, water, shelter, toys, etc.? Your dog may be barking because he is lacking a basic need. Dogs not only need basic necessities like food, water, and shelter, but they also need enrichment items—such as toys and appropriate chews—to help prevent boredom.
- Have you tried obedience training?
- If you are leaving your dog outdoors in your absence, can you put him/her indoors? Your dog will have fewer distractions indoors and thus fewer reasons to bark. Not to mention, a dog barking indoors is less likely to disturb your neighbors than a dog barking outdoors.
- Check out information from the ASPCA about Barking
- Check out information from the Humane Society of the United States about How to Get Your Dog To Stop Barking
Chewing and Other Destructive Behavior
Dogs need and like to chew. As puppies, they chew when they are cutting new teeth, but adult dogs enjoy chewing, too. Chewing releases boredom, frustration, and anxiety. If your dog is chewing destructively, please consider:
- Does your dog have plenty of appropriate chew toys?
- If your dog chews destructively all the time, is he/she getting plenty of exercise and attention?
- Have you tried obedience training?
- If your dog chews destructively only when left alone, have you tried crate training? If destructive behavior occurs in your absence, crating your pet can be very helpful in eliminating these problems. When properly trained, the crate becomes a “den-like” place for your pet and will provide a safe and comfortable place for him/her while you are away. For more information, see https://richmondspca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Crate-Training-Your-Dog.pdf.
Click on the following links for free resources on working with destructive behavior:
- Separation Anxiety - Richmond SPCA
- Separation Anxiety - ASPCA
- Destructive Dog Behavior - Richmond SPCA
- Destructive Dog Behavior - ASPCA
- A young puppy needs to relieve himself/herself every couple of hours. Be sure to give your dog plenty of chances to go outside and relieve himself/herself.
- Take your dog outside, and praise him/her when the dog relieves himself/herself outside. Give him/her verbal praise, a pat on the head, and/or a treat.
- Let your dog go outside immediately if you see signs that he/she needs to go to the restroom, including whining, sniffing, going to the door, and turning in circles.
- Are you leaving your dog alone for too long? If so, consider getting someone to take your dog outside for you. You can also consider crate training, as dogs will not typically use the restroom in their own crates.
- Is your dog neutered? This may cut down on your dog urinating in the house.
- When there is an accident, clean the area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner, such as Nature’s Miracle. Otherwise, the dog will just return to the same spot.
- If soiling the house is a new behavior, please consider taking your dog to a veterinarian to rule out medical problems.
- Check out information from the ASPCA about House Training Your Dog or Puppy
- Check out information from the Humane Society of the United States about How to House Train Your Dog or Puppy
Bringing Your newly adopted dog home- the First two Weeks
Click here to open the brochure
You don't have to give up your pet if you are moving. The following are links to pet-friendly housing:
In Alamance County, many property listings with Keller Williams are pet friendly and do not discriminate based on breed. Property listings with Keller Williams may be found at:http://www.burlingtonkw.com/
Keep in mind that many landlords will allow well-behaved pets and responsible owners. Providing your pet’s veterinary records, graduation certificates from obedience classes, and references from past landlords can help demonstrate that you are a responsible pet owner. In addition, organizations like Housing Policy Council offer free counseling for homeowners hoping to avoid foreclosure.
Pet friendly apartments in Alamance County include:
Carden Place 101 Carden Place, Mebane, NC 919-328-3049
Crescent Oaks 130 W. Crescent Square Drive, Graham, NC 336-396-4695
Eastbrooke Apartments 1903 A Morningside Drive, Burlington, NC 336-506-6494
Elevate 54 Apartments, 230 Pine Knot Lane, Graham, NC 833-993-2562
Elon Place 739 E Haggard Avenue, Elon, NC 336-506-6937
Emerald Court 511 First Street, Gibsonville, NC 336-506-6949
Ethan Pointe 2978 Ethan Pointe Drive, Burlington, NC 336-584-3337
Glenns at Elon 2434 W Webb Avenue, Burlington, NC 336-547-6776
Glennwood Apartments 1528 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 833-800-8292
Hawthorne at Forestdale 3551C Forestdale Drive, Burlington, NC 336-585-1402
Kirkwood Place Apartments 2733 Kirkwood Drive, Burlington, NC 336-506-6524
Retreat at the Park 122 Retreat Lane, Burlington, NC 336-530-5912
Summerlyn Place 750 Boone Station Drive, Burlington, NC 336-222-4105
Trails End Apartments 34 Sherry Drive, Burlington, NC 877-890-5897
Watercourse Apartments 1020 Watercourse Circle, Graham, NC 336-872-0264
Waterside Apartments 2120 Waterside Circle, Graham, NC 336-872-0182
West Pointe 3102 Commerce Place, Burlington, NC 336-584-8498
Willow Creek Apartments 1515 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 336-439-9443
Windsor Upon Stonecrest 4229 Stonecrest Drive, Burlington, NC 336-872-0338
198 Milltown Apartments 198 Milltown Street, Burlington, NC 336-443-6733
Veterinary Care Assistance
Find a Veterinarian
Click here for a list of veterinarians in Alamance County
Local & Regional Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County
1919 S. Church Street, Burlington, NC (336) 570-6767
Humane Society of the Piedmont, 4527 West Wendover Avenue Greensboro NC (336) 299-3999
Piedmont Communities Spay & Neuter Wellness Clinic 1910 North Church Street, Ste. E, Greensboro, NC 27405 (336) 333-5336
Sheets Pet Clinic 809 Chimney Rock Court, Greensboro NC 27409 (336) 852-8488
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program of North Carolina (SNAP-NC) P.O. Box 278, New Hill, NC 27562 (919) 783-7627
Spay/Neuter Assistance Programs
The $20 FIX assists low-income families in Alamance and Orange Counties with getting their pets fixed for $20 or Free
The Humane Society of Alamance County offers a low cost spay/neuter voucher program
Animal Resource Friends assists with the cost of spay/neuter for families in need in Alamance county and surrounding areas
Rabies and Microchip Clinics
Rabies and Microchip Clinics are offered throughout the year in Alamance County, where your pet can receive a rabies shot for $5 and/or a microchip for $20. A list of upcoming clinics is available here.
Veterinary Care Assistance
In addition, organizations such as those listed below may be able to provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has its own set of rules and guidelines; therefore, you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
- The Humane Society of Alamance County offers a low cost spay/neuter voucher program
- Animal Resource Friends assists with the cost of spay/neuter for pet owners in need
- The Mr. Mo Project assists with veterinary care for senior pets
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 866-443-5738 email@example.com AAHA can award grant for needed medical care (non-elective or emergency procedures) for sick or injured companion animals.
- Banfield Foundation Pet Advocacy Grants fund programs that help pets and their families stay together. The Banfield Foundation funding priorities are focused on programs that provide a direct solution to avoid surrender or separation of companion pets from families. Link to application: https://www.tfaforms.com/432674
- Brown Dog Foundation It is the mission Brown Dog Foundation to offer pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative to euthanasia when their pet faces a treatable life-threatening condition in order to restore the quality of life for pet and owner.
- Handicapped Pets Foundation 603-637-2200 Info@Hpets.org The Handicapped Pets foundation donates mobility equipment to pets in need.
- Help-A-Pet Help-A-Pet provides financial assistance nationwide for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense.
- The Pet Fund 916-443-6007 The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved.
- RedRover Relief 916-429-2457 info@RedRover.org The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.
- Sergei Foundation Sergei Foundation, Inc. is a North Carolina non-profit organization (501c3) that provides veterinary financial aid to those families who cannot afford emergency care when there's no place else to turn. The Sergei Foundation first serves residents of North Carolina with a focus in the Piedmont Triad area, but will assist nationally if funds are available.
- Shakespeare Animal Fund Shakespeare Animal Fund provides the essential funding to ensure that our community's elderly, disabled, returning veterans, and low income families will not have to put down or say goodbye to a suffering pet because they can't afford to pay for emergency care.
- International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) IAADP has established an emergency veterinary fund to provide financial aid to United States IAADP Partner Members whose assistance dogs require high cost veterinary intervention beyond their ability to pay.
Dogs with Cancer
- The Magic Bullet Fund The Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment only when the family is financially unable to provide treatment.
- CorgiAid CorgiAid is a nonprofit organization founded to provide financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes.
- Doberman911 Doberman911 is an organization of people with a common goal of helping senior and special needs Dobermans.
- Labrador Life Line Labrador Life Line provides financial assistance to Lab owners and rescuers in need
- Pit Bull Rescue Central (PBRC) The PBRC website is a virtual shelter and resource for owners and caretakers of American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and pit bull mixes
- Pyramedic Trust (for Great Pyrenees) Pyramedic Trust provides financial assistance for Great Pyrenees’s owners/rescuers whose Great Pyrenees are in need of emergency medical care
- WestieMed, Inc. WestieMed helps rescued Westies in need of medical attention.
You can find free resources on pet care online at:
Classes are offered locally at:
- PetSmart 1459 University Drive, Burlington, NC 27215 (336)524-0229
- Dogtown Training Academy 2846 Rob Shepard Drive, Burlington, NC 27215 (336) 570-1144
- Ultimate Canine Care 3554 Boy Wood Road, Graham, NC 27253 (336) 228-8778
- Paws4ever 6311 Nicks Road, Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 241-8438
A directory of individual trainers can be found at:
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
You can find free resources on animal behavior online at:
Pet Food Resources
If you are unable to afford pet food, there are partner organizations in the community that will assist with providing pet food to those in need. These organizations include:
A tethering ordinance has been passed in the cities of Burlington and Graham. Animal Resource Friends' program, “Freedom Fences,” provides assistance to families of tethered dogs in Alamance County. Visit their website for more information or if you would like to help by volunteering or donating.
Build your own fence
Have a fence installed
Pens or enclosures
"Coyote Rollers" Roll bars for fences to prevent fence jumpers/climbers
Visit our Community (Stray, Feral) Cats Page: https://www.burlingtonnc.gov/1979/Community-Stray-Feral-Cats
What is a feral cat? According to the ASPCA, " Feral cats are free-roaming domestic cats who were never socialized by humans or have lived outdoors for so long that they have reverted to a wild state."
Feral cats that are brought to area public shelters are typically unable to be adopted due to their lack of socialization and most often, their outcome is euthanasia. Simply trapping and removing feral cats from an area has proven ineffective towards eliminating cats in an area, as new cats move into the vacated area or one or two are missed with trapping and continue to reproduce and repopulate. The effective and humane alternative to trapping and euthanizing feral cats is trapping, neutering and returning the cat back to its area, or TNR. To lean more about feral cats and feral cat management, click here.
If you are about to deploy, organizations like Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pets, Dogs on Deployment, and PACT's Military Foster Program may be able to help. Organizations such as these have nationwide networks of pet foster homes to support troops. Some boarding facilities also offer significant discounts to military pet owners needing long-term boarding.
If you must give up your pet, please consider trying to find a permanent home for the animal yourself. You know your pet best, so you will be the best person to advocate for your animal and find him/her a new home.
Please keep in mind, a shelter environment can be stressful for animals, so it is best if you can find them another home before they ever have to come to the shelter.
Some ideas for re-homing your pet includes:
- Ask friends and family. The majority of people obtain their pets from acquaintances and/or family. Ask your family members, friends, co-workers, etc. if they are interested in adopting or even fostering your animal until a permanent home can be found.
- List your pet on Adopt-a-Pet.com by clicking on the blue icon located here.
- Try re-homing your pet via Facebook. Post a cute photo of your pet, along with a description of your pet, such as any tricks he/she knows, whether he/she is house trained, his/her favorite toys, etc. When people express interest in your pet, schedule a meet and greet to see if you’ve found a good match for your animal. You can post your pet on your own Facebook page, as well as on various pages that are dedicated to pets. In our local area those groups include, but are not limited to:
- You can also post your animal online at Pet Finder, https://www.petfinder.com/. Evaluate adopters carefully. No matter your situation, it is your responsibility as the animal owner to screen prospective new owners.
- Place an ad in the newspaper—the Times News (http://www.thetimesnews.com/) will run an ad regarding your pet for three days for no charge.
- Make a poster and distribute it in your community.
- Click on image below to follow the “2 Weeks to Adoption Tips”:
- Contact rescue groups. Although many rescue groups are filled to capacity, you can contact them about re-homing your pet. Click here to visit our Community Partners page for a list of rescue groups who may be able to assist.
PAY AND NEUTER CLINIC OF ALAMANCE COUNTY
The is located at (336) 570-6767 and provides low-cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats.
To schedule an appointment or for more information about services, hours of operation and pricing visit or call 336-570-6767.
OTHER AREA SPAY/NEUTER RESOURCES
Dogs and Cats
Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County
1919 S. Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215
The $20 Fix/AnimalKind
P.O. Box 12568, Raleigh, NC 27605
919-870-1660 or 1-877-870-1660
The $20 Fix allows qualified individuals to receive vouchers for spay/neuter surgeries. The surgery will cost the owner no more than $20.
The Humane Society of Alamance County
2213 Edgewood Avenue, Burlington, NC 27215
Animal Resource Friends
PO Box 914, Mebane, NC 27302
Resources Outside of Alamance County
Caswell Pet Lifeline
PO Box 154, Yanceyville, NC 27379
Caswell Pet Lifeline is a group of citizens with a mission to provide services to the companion animal community of Caswell County North Carolina. Low Cost spay/neuter program run once a month.
Humane Society of the Piedmont
4527 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27409
Feral Cat Assistance Program
P.O. Box 29112, Greensboro, NC 27429
1005 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
Spay Days are held one Sunday morning a month to spay/neuter/vaccinate feral cats and feral kittens. A nominal fee of $10 per cat is charged to help offset costs.
Click on the image below to open the Kitten Lady's Guide to Orphaned Kittens:
Additional resources for information and support for orphaned and neonate kittens:
Sparkle Cat Rescue Inc.
Alley Cat Allies