Pet Help Resources
- Behavior Issues
- Pet Friendly Housing
- Veterinary Care
- Local Dog Training
- PET FOOD
- Feral Cats
- Military Deployment
- Rehoming A Pet
- BARN CATs (MIGHTY MOUSERS)
Pet Behavior Resources
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 for 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.
- Check out information from the ASPCA about Destructive Chewing
- Check out information from the Humane Society of the United States about Chewing: How to Stop Your Dog's Gnawing Problem
House training takes patience and consistency. Here are some tips on training your dog:
- A young puppy needs to release 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
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You don't necessarily have to give up your pet if you are moving. Consult People With Pets or My Apartment Map for directories of apartments and homes that accept pets. 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 Hope Now Alliance offer free counseling for homeowners hoping to avoid foreclosure. If you are temporarily unable to keep your animal, please consider contacting Avalo, formerly known as Bayou Rescue, which is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping pets and people stay together in times of disaster.
Local Pet Friendly Rental Properties:
- Larson Properties (336) 380-5788
- Alamance Reserve 1720 Old Street Marks Church Road, Burlington, NC 336-792-3298
- Auburn Trace 2944 Crouse Lane, Burlington, NC 336-600-1017
- The Brittany 706 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC 336-329-6328
- Eastbrooke Apartments 1903 A Morningside Drive, Burlington, NC 336-313-2974
- Elon Place 739 E Haggard Avenue, Elon, NC 336-338-7154
- Emerald Court/Diamond Square 511 First Street, Gibsonville, NC 336-904-2767
- Ethan Pointe 2978 Ethan Pointe Drive, Burlington, NC 336-422-1841
- The Chase 3508 Garden Road, Burlington, NC 336-899-0806
- Clifton Place 510 Trail One, Burlington, NC 336-701-1719
- The Colony 2008 South Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 336-904-2750
- Glenns at Elon 2434 W Webb Avenue, Burlington, NC 336-792-3064
- Glennwood Apartments 1528 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 336-933-0432
- Graham Village Apartments 920 E Hanover Road, Graham, NC 336-226-7155
- Hawthorne at Forestdale 3551C Forestdale Drive, Burlington, NC 336-792-3297
- Kirkwood Place Apartments 2733 Kirkwood Drive, Burlington, NC 336-698-3656
- Partners Place at Elon 102 Campus Walk Trail, Elon, NC 336-506-6848
- Summerlyn Place 750 Boone Station Drive, Burlington, NC 336-586-0040
- Trails End Apartments 34 Sherry Drive, Burlington, NC 336-270-2390
- West Pointe 3102 Commerce Place, Burlington, NC 336-904-2765
- Willow Creek Apartments 1515 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC 336-864-0253
- Windsor Upon Stonecrest 4229 Stonecrest Drive, Burlington, NC 336-443-1770
Veterinary Care Assistance
Find a Veterinarian
Click here for a list of veterinarians in Alamance County
Local Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Alamance County
1919 S. Church Street, Burlington, NC (336) 570-6767
Planned Pet Hood Spay and Neuter Clinic 4527 West Wendover Avenue Greensboro NC (336) 299-3999
Spay/Neuter Assistance Programs
The $20 FIX is a program of Animal Kind that assists low-income families with getting their pets fixed for $20 or Free
The Humane Society of Alamance County offers a low cost spay/neuter voucher program
Friends of Mebanes Animals (FOMA) assists with the cost of spay/neuter for needy families
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
- Friends of Mebanes Animals (FOMA) assists with the cost of spay/neuter for needy families
- The Mr. Mo Project assist with veterinary care for senior pets
- American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) (866) 443-5738 email@example.com AAHA can award grants for needed medical care (non-elective or emergency procedures) for sick or injured companion animals.
- Angels for Animals (916) 941-9919 firstname.lastname@example.org When there is an animal facing being euthanized or surrendered because of financial limitations, Angels for Animals works to provide funding to treat the animal in need
- 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.
- IMOM (In Memory of Magic) IMOM accepts applications for life threatening emergencies involving animals.
- 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.
- Cats in Crisis email@example.com Cats in Crisis Inc. is dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
- 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
- Canine Cancer Awareness Canine Cancer Awareness helps dog owners who are struggling and need assistance to provide their dog with cancer treatment.
- 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.
- American Boxer Rescue Association The ABRA Boxer ER Fund has been set up for assistance for rescued boxers.
- 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.
- Dougal’s Fund Dougal’s Fund, Inc., is organized exclusively for charitable purposes to provide funds for medical care of mainly small, short-legged terriers such as Scotties, Westies, Cairns, Norwich, Norfolk, etc.
- The Goldstock Fund The Goldstock Fund provides funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers and golden hearted dogs taken into rescue.
- LabMed LABMED’s mission is to help rescued Labradors in need of medical attention.
- 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.
- WestieMed, Inc. WestieMed helps rescued Westies in need of medical attention.
You can find additional free resources about pet care online at:
- National Animal Poison Control Center
- American Veterinary Medical Association Presents: “Care for Pets”
- The Humane Society of the United States
- American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- The Dog Owner’s Guide
- The Discovery Channels Animal Planet
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)
Economic Hardship: Pet Food
If you are unable to afford pet food, consider contacting Friends of Mebane’s Animals (FoMA), a local non-profit organization that works with pets and their families, along with other local organizations, to provide pet food and low cost spay/neuter assistance, build fences and shelter, and assist with medical expenses in situations where financial need is demonstrated.
FoMA Contact information:
PO Box 914, Mebane, NC 27302 (919) 883-2156 firstname.lastname@example.org
A tethering ordinance has been passed in the cities of Burlington (see details here: http://www.ci.burlington.nc.us/index.aspx?NID=1608) and Graham. Friends of Mebane's Animals' (FoMA) new program, “Freedom Fences,” provide assistance to needy owners 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
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.
There are several terrific local resources available to assist you with humane solutions for feral or community cats in your neighborhood:
If you are about to deploy, organizations like Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pets, the NetPets Military Pets Foster Project (http://netpets.org/), Dogs on Deployment, and Military Pets FOSTER Project 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.
Rehoming Your Pet
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.
- Utilize social media. Create a post with a photo and share on facebook or other social media.
- 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.
- Post your pet sites such as https://www.petfinder.com/.
- Evaluate adopters carefully. No matter your situation, it is your responsibility as the pet owner to screen prospective new owners.
- Make a poster and distribute it in your community.
- Ask friends and co-workers for help.
- Contact rescue groups. Although many rescue groups are filled to capacity, you can contact them about rehoming your pet. Click here to visit our Community Partners page for a list of rescue groups who may be able to assist.
The outcome for most feral cats that end up in an animal shelter is grim. At our shelter, over 700 feral cats are euthanized each year. We want to save the lives of more of the thousands (yes, THOUSANDS- there were 2000+ cats that entered our shelter in 2015 alone) of cats and kittens that come into our shelter each year. Feral cats are particularly at risk due to their unsocial behavior towards people which makes them unsuitable for indoor living as a house pet. However, these kitties make wonderful barn cats and fulfill an important job of helping to keep rodents away. Plus, you'll enjoy watching the cats as well as having the satisfaction of giving them a much-needed home!
Mighty Mouser cats are vaccinated,
spayed or neutered and ear-tipped
(to indicate they have been sterilized)
before going to their new barn homes.
The new owners agree to provide them
with a barn, shed or structure for shelter,
and food to supplement what they catch.
The cats are all are accustomed to independent living. Some kitties may eventually become friendly and others may remain feral. After an initial adjustment period in their new homes, most will stay in place. We modeled the "Mighty Mouser" program after Spok-Animal Humane Society's "Farm Living" feral cat adoption program in Spokane Washington. Check out this video from Spok-Animal about the cats and their transition to farm livin'.
Mighty Mouser/ Barn Cat FAQ's:
- What do I need to do to care for the cats? Provide them with shelter, food, water and long term veterinary care as needed. Cats will need to be kept current on their Rabies vaccine, in accordance with NC Rabies laws.
- How long should I keep my new barn cat confined? We recommend enclosed confinement for the first couple of weeks to help your cat learn that the particular area is not only its new home but also its source for food, water and shelter. This can be a room in your barn, shed or in a large crate outfitted with a hiding place (a small travel crate works well for this).
- Is it better to adopt one or multiple barn cats? Cats are social animals, and feral cats generally feel more comfortable among other cats. We strongly recommend that you adopt more than one. The $10 adoption fee is the same whether you adopt one or two!
- I already have cats living on my property. What’s the difference? Unsterilized free‑roaming cats are primary contributors to the seasonal increase in cat reproduction that results in the flood of cats and kittens into shelters. Spaying or neutering those cats can help reduce the number entering the overburdened shelter. Adopting spayed/neutered barn cats will not only drastically reduce the number of unwanted litters in our community, but will also eliminate nuisance behaviors such as spraying and their urge to roam or fight with other cats as well as the spread of diseases. Check out the Feral Cats tab for information about TNR resources.
- Will the cats eat birds and other wildlife on my property? Studies show that the overwhelming cause of wildlife depletion is destruction of natural habitat due to man made structures, chemical pollution, pesticides and drought — not feral cats. However, cats are opportunistic feeders. Providing them with a steady food source will reduce the effect they have on traditional prey. The benefit of having a Mighty Mouser on your farm is that not only do they help control small rodents such as mice, moles and other vermin that can contaminate livestock feed, they help deter snakes. Without a food source of mice or moles, snakes are less likely to hang around. Additionally, there are no poisons for children and pets to get into and no need to set nasty traps. Here is an interesting documentary that was done in the UK about outdoor cat behavior that helps debunk myths about cats being a detriment to wildlife.