Adopt, Don’t Shop: Animal Rescues & Shelters of the Carolinas

Considering a new pet for your family?  October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, the perfect opportunity to help a homeless animal find a loving and happy home. Check out these local shelters in the Carolinas to see adoptable pets in your area.


Second Chance Pet Adoptions of North Carolina has been rescuing stray or abandoned cats and dogs in the Triangle Area of North Carolina since 1987. As the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County, their mission is to champion healthy cats and dogs in their quest to find forever homes with responsible owners. Second Chance makes a lifetime commitment to the animals they rescue, taking them back in the event their new home is unable to keep them. 


Partnering with local shelters and community members to rescue homeless dogs and cats, the Pawmetto Lifeline of Columbia, South Carolina has been an integral part of the Midlands area since 1999. The Pawmetto Lifeline combats animal homelessness with four distinct initiatives: adoption, medical assistance, rescue collaboration in the community, and education. At any given time, Pawmetto Lifeline has approximately 200 dogs and cats available for adoption.


The Lucky Pup Rescue of South Carolina in Greenville, South Carolina focuses on foster-based dog rescue and matching those dogs with the perfect adopter. This rescue provides medical care plus emotional and physical support through their foster homes. Rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters, abuse/neglect situations, owner surrenders, and strays, the Lucky Pup keeps all of their dogs until finding suitable homes.


A division of Rowan Animal Services Department, the Rowan County Animal Shelter provides care for countless homeless and abandoned animals in Salisbury, North Carolina, and surrounding communities. This shelter offers affordable adoptions, special adoption events throughout the year, as well as a spay/neuter voucher to use for your new pet. Check out their Facebook page for updated animal photos and availability. 


Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the Halfway There Rescue's mission is to rescue, foster, transport, and find homes for unwanted, abandoned, and abused dogs in the Carolinas. Halfway There will pull at-risk pets from over-crowded shelters in North and South Carolina and place them in temporary foster homes until they can find them a loving, permanent home. This rescue also offers a community outreach program that provides veterinary care and spay/neuter services for those who cannot afford these services for their pets. 


Once you've welcomed your new family member into your home, there are many considerations to keep in mind to keep your pet safe. From holiday hazards and traveling with your pet to pet allergies and safe boating with your dog, our furry friends are a big responsibility. Your new pet also requires regular vet visits to stay healthy, and that can get expensive. Dog insurance is a cost-effective way to pay for vet bills. AAA members enjoy additional savings of up to 10% on pet insurance from Pets Best, a company built on offering a variety of plans to fit your unique pet’s needs.

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