New Shelter, Brighter Future for Animals. We Need You!
History: The Lenoir County SPCA has operated the county animal shelter (which is jointly owned by Lenoir County and City of Kinston) for almost 40 years. We are one of only a handful of animal shelters in NC which are run by a non-profit organization instead of that county's animal control department. We are an open-door shelter and annually accept 2,500-3,200 lost, homeless, neglected, abused animals from Lenoir County, NC. We do not limit intake based on health, temperament or age, and we do our best to give every animal a second chance in a loving home.
Why Build? We're building a more humane future. The current shelter is nearly 40 years old and not conducive to housing animals well while they wait for new homes. It’s inefficient to manage and maintain, cramped for animals, visitors, volunteers and staff, and does not contribute to the animals' health and well-being. As shelter standards continue to improve, we’re finding it increasingly difficult to update the shelter enough to properly care for the animals. Through the years and thanks to the support of our community and volunteers, we've patched, painted and decorated, upgraded existing kennels, added more indoor and outdoor kennels, added on rooms and repaired the shelter as needed. After reviewing options, it’s simply no longer feasible to continue investing in a building which we do not own.
Why Add a Puppy Room If We Planned To Build? We struggled with this also. Building a new shelter has always been a dream of the SPCA, but we realized we had to do something in 2015 to meet shelter guidelines, and felt the need was too great to continue to wait. We are just beginning our capital campaign and are aware that it will take time to raise the necessary funds and build a shelter, so we added a puppy room to get us through our funding and construction period. Thankfully we had a donor who was aware of our immediate needs and agreed to fund a large part of the new puppy room. Much of the other donations we received for the addition were invested in quality kennels, which we will be able to transfer to our new shelter. Supporters can feel confident that their donations are used in a thoughtful and future-oriented manner.
Where Will We Build? We have purchased property on Hwy 258 N in Kinston and are finalizing building plans, so now all we need is YOU to help us reach our goal! Thanks to compassionate donors & several significant contributions, we’re on our way to a great start. The animals need you. Please donate generously and give homeless pets a second chance!
Levels of Giving:
Naming Opportunities Support the mission of the SPCA and demonstrate your philanthropy by investing in the new shelter.
Helping Paw Donations from $250-$1500 will help us purchase needed equipment, furniture and supplies. We plan for these donations to be listed in a display in our new lobby.
Biscuit Henderson Memorial Fund: Biscuit was an abused, neglected dog adopted from our shelter in 2004. He enjoyed 12 wonderful years once adopted. After passing away in July 2016, his family created the Biscuit Fund to raise money for the new shelter. Click to read Biscuit's story and donate
Walkway Bricks, $100 each: Click to order your permanent personalized brick