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Animal Protection Society Of Durham

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Animal Protection Society of Durham is a leader in building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach and providing care for animals in need. We work to educate the public about the humane care and treatment of animals, promote spay/neuter and encourage the adoption of homeless animals. Our vision is that there are no displaced or unwanted pets; all animals are treated with compassion and respect; and community services are available to all pet owners. The Animal Protection Society of Durham is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been helping animals in our community since 1970, and has managed the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990.

Results: We provided care for more than 5,000 animals in 2016 through the management of the Durham County Animal Shelter. We worked with other animal welfare organizations, pet owners and new adopters to rehome nearly 2,600 pets. APS of Durham is an open admission shelter, which means that we take in all animals regardless of health status, age, behavior, or species. Animals enter the shelter as strays, injured, part of a criminal investigation, or surrendered by their owners. APS of Durham does not turn away any animal.

Target demographics: all animals and animal owners

Geographic areas served: the City and County of Durham, NC

Programs: Program services include operation of the Durham County Animal Shelter, veterinary care of stray animals and other expenses for the care and protection of animals.

issuing spay/neuter certificates to owners to promote owner responsibility for their pets; to aid in decreasing the unwanted animal population.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Britt S.


Rating: 5

I have just recently begun volunteering at the Durham APS and the staff and volunteers truly care about the animals. I was initially hesitant to get invovled because I know that open-admission shelters can be emotionally tough to be around, but the Durham APS is very transparent about what to expect and they provide a lot of training and support for volunteers. I always feel like I am directly able to make an impact on an animal's life by coming in and I am always confident about speaking to people I know on behalf of the APS. I think the staff do such a great job providing the maximum care for the animals while also being very resourceful with what they have. I would encourage anyone to volunteer and donate here because your time and money are truly appreciated.