Chatham County, here is a group who CAREs about your animals!

More than an animal rescue, Chatham Animal Rescue and Education CAREs! This is an organization with diverse programs to make the most impact possible on the pets and people of Chatham County.

"CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization whose mission is to ensure the health and safety of all dogs and cats in Chatham County. CARE promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes."

Many of their adoptable animals come from their county shelter. These animals have a limited amount of time so CARE works hard alongside the shelter to save as many as possible and pull them into the rescue foster homes.

Through Lillie's Fund, CARE provides an option for low cost spay and neuter to residents of Chatham County with limited income. Dogs and cats who are family pets can receive the surgery as well as vaccines and a microchip at an affordable cost, with several veterinary offices in Chatham County serving as partners in the program.

CARE also helps the community cats of Chatham County. If you are live in the county and have feral or community cats and would like to start serving as their caretaker, CARE is able to help with trapping them and help get them spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Additionally, they can guide anyone interested in becoming a colony caretaker with resources to provide the best care possible for the cats!

Another program, their Pet Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is geared towards children. PREP aims "to teach children to be safe around cats and dogs, to be responsible pet owners, and to help reduce pet overpopulation by advocating for spay/neuter in their communities."

Their website has so many resources for all kinds of pet-related topics, all with the aim of improving the health and safety of animals in the community. If you have a question about pet ownership, from adding a new pet to your home, to having to find them a more suitable home, and everything in between, CARE's Resource Center has you covered! Make sure you stop and see these guys at Spring Fling!

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Unleashed's Spring Fling is an annual fundraiser for local animals in need.  Spring Fling is hosted, organized, & run by your local, independent, pet supply store, Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store.  Support Unleashed by visiting one (or more) of their 8 locations!

Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store

8 Locations


        2460 Wycliff Rd. 27607


       7414 Creedmoor Rd. 27613


       329 Blake St. 27601


       4325 Glenwood Ave. K2- Kiosk 27612


       Please note this is a mall kiosk: selection is limited & hours vary.


        2066 Kildaire Farm Rd. 27518


        New Location TBA




        1319 Military Cutoff Rd. 28405


  • Front St. & Market St.: Downtown

        2 S. Front St. 28401​