Durham’s pet allies.

These folks are helping make life better for Durham’s pets and their people:

Hands-On Canine Massage

Canine massage reduces anxiety and stress, boosts immune function, increases circulation, eases muscle and joint pain, aids surgical healing and reduces scar tissue, supports behavior training, provides comfort during hospice, improves lymphatic function, reduces swelling/edema, detects potential problems, reduces risk of potential injury. aids in recovery from exercise, increases willingness to accept touch and facilitates trust in humans. Melissa offers 5 different types of massage tailored to your dog’s needs. We are incredibly lucky to have this service right here in Durham.

Animal Protection Society

The Animal Protection Society (APS) of Durham runs our local county shelter and provides temporary safe haven to the homeless animals in our community. We proudly support the APS and encourage you to consider adopting your next pet from the thousands of pets the APS cares for each year.


Paws4ever Animal Sanctuary in Mebane is a limited-access shelter which provides support to our entire animal welfare community, including open-admission county shelter partners. P4E commits to their animals for a lifetime and never euthanizes for space. They also offer positive reinforcement dog training classes. Find your new best friend there.

Beyond Fences

Beyond Fences, formerly The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, is a non-profit, volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains. As volunteers of this great organization that not only forever changes the lives of dogs but the lives of their guardians and our community as a whole, we can tell you the results of their work is nothing short of extraordinary.

Independent Animal Rescue

Independent Animal Rescue’s (IAR) mission is to rescue and provide safe and responsible care for homeless, abandoned and abused animals. A network of foster homes, IAR has been helping the homeless animals of our area since 1994.

Spay-Neuter Assistance Program

Being so involved with animal welfare work within our community, we are painfully aware of our pet overpopulation problem. The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) of NC provides full-service, lost cost spay/neuter services and a much needed service through their mobile vet unit.

Animal Kind

Animal Kind is dedicated to eradicating pet-overpopulation and tackles that task creatively and effectively through their various programs and affiliations. Most notably, Animal Kind has piloted the very successful $20 Fix program; providing $20 spay/neuter surgeries to low-income residents.

Good Human Dog Training

This is the BCPS founder’s new business and our favorite trainer around. Jennifer Thornburg, and her growing team of positive reinforcement dog trainers are indeed good humans. They offer programs for puppies and adult dogs as well as reward based behavior modification to resolve unwanted behaviors in the house. Jen also specializes in helping families with dogs prepare for life with a baby.

Barnes Supply Co.

Barnes Supply Co. carries the very best in dog/cat/chicken food, treats and toys. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, frequent buyer discounts and treats for you too like home-made jam or local pecans. Locally owned and operated and conveniently located on 9th Street.

Oliver’s Collar

Oliver’s Collar Dog Treat Bakery & Boutique bakes wheat, corn and soy free treats and are dedicated to the health and happiness of your dog. Treats baked in small batches with wholesome ingredients. Charming store in Hope Valley, check them out!

The Other End of the Leash

The other dog treat bakery and boutique in Durham town. This one’s on Main Street. Specializing in highest quality, fairly traded pet supplies, holistic nutrition and wellness product expertise.

Lap of Love

Lap of Love provides veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia. They can help guide you in determining when the ‘right time’ is and help dogs and cats make a peaceful end-of-life transition in the comfort of home.

Do you have a group, rescue or resource we should know about?