The Lenoir County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization in Kinston, NC. We are not affiliated with nor do we receive funding from the ASPCA.
We are 1 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 approximately 2,500 stray, neglected, abused or surrendered animals from Lenoir County, North Carolina. We do not limit this intake based on health, temperament or age.
We receive only partial funding for shelter operations from Kinston/Lenoir County, leaving us with a significant deficit every month. The remaining expenses are paid by private donors and any profit earned from our Second Chances Thrift Store.
To help save additional animals, our volunteers participate in a coordinated Rescue Program on Saturdays to transport our shelter animals to reputable rescue organizations in the northeast. Because other states have done a wonderful job with humanely controlling their homeless pet population through spay/neuter ordinances and community education, they do not have the excessive numbers of homeless pets that we do.
Our small shelter receives an average of 8 new homeless pets every day. Please spay & neuter!
We're thrilled to announce our fundraising campaign to build a new shelter!
Printable: Naming Opportunities & Donor Form
July 15, 2016: The Biscuit Henderson Memorial Fund was started by Megan Henderson to remember her family's beloved rescue dog, and to raise money for a new shelter to help other homeless animals. Click to read Biscuit's story and to donate for the new shelter in memory of Biscuit.
Why Build? We're building a more humane future. We’re weary of understanding what the animals need and not being able to provide it. Our 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 more is learned and 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 question also. Building a new shelter has always been a dream of the SPCA, but we realized we had to do something now to meet shelter guidelines and provide relief for the animals and shelter staff. 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 and remodeled a tiny closet into a makeshift office for the shelter manager to get us through our funding and construction period. Thankfully we had a donor with close ties to the SPCA 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 confidant that their donations are used in a thoughtful and future-oriented manner.
The new puppy room and the tiny office have already made a significant difference for animals, staff, and visitors. Just imagine how beneficial a new shelter will be!
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. You will hear more about our campaign and naming opportunities in the coming months and we encourage you to become a part of this effort. The animals of Lenoir county need you. Please donate generously and help us provide a better future for our community's homeless animals.