Our Story

Our aim is a world where people and animals coexist in an ethical and sustainable ecosystem. We are a reputable Animal Shelter bringing together a community that wants to build awareness and promote effective initiatives that protect animals and ensure their welfare.

At Lenoir County SPCA we not only rescue and rehabilitate animals from suffering, but also work to protect their natural habitats and educate the public on the pressing issues. Since 1979 we have been setting and striving for our goals. Want to get involved?


Mission, Philosophy and Board of Directors

Our Mission: Giving Pets a Second Chance

The Lenoir County SPCA is dedicated to improving the welfare of companion animals through:

  • Shelter and care for homeless, neglected & abused animals

  • Adoption, Foster, & Rescue programs to place animals in loving homes

  • Spay/Neuter education to decrease pet overpopulation

  • Education on responsible pet ownership, animal advocacy, and how to report homeless, abused, and neglected animals

  • Advocacy with local, state and national decision makers

Our Philosophy: 

We are an open-door shelter and annually accept approximately 2,500 stray, neglected or surrendered animals from Lenoir County, North Carolina. This means that at any given time we have an in-shelter/in-foster dog population of 40 to 60 dogsand a combination in-shelter/in-foster cat population of 50-75 cats. Each of these animals is treated with respect, kindness and compassion throughout their stay with us.

The health of an animal is determined by both its physical and mental state, and therefore we subscribe to the philosophy that good animal welfare involves both physical fitness and a sense of well-being. Companion animals depend on us for their care, and it is our responsibility as intelligent, compassionate human beings to prevent unnecessary suffering for the creatures in our society which cannot care for themselves. We believe in the Five Freedoms, created by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council and adopted by reputable animal welfare organizations world-wide. 

The Five Freedoms

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour

  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area

  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment

  4. Freedom to express (most) normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind

  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

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Second Chances Thrift Store

In 2010, Randy and Molly Kelley graciously donated the old Massey Motor Company building in Kinston to the Lenoir County SPCA. This generous donation allowed the SPCA to establish Second Chances Thrift Store, and all proceeds go directly to the Lenoir County SPCA. Not only does the store benefit our shelter, it also benefits the community at large by creating jobs & keeping unused/unwanted items out of our landfill.

Location: 2900 W. Vernon Avenue, Kinston NC 28504

Phone: 252-522-0787

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10 AM - 5 PM. Saturday 10 AM - 3 pm. Closed on holidays.

Donations: We're very sorry, but we cannot accept mattresses, futons, or sleeper sofas. You can drop off donations any time the store is open. If you're not sure if we will accept your donation, or if you have very large items or items that you cannot move, just call the store and talk to the staff for assistance. We've had people donate cars, motorcycles, name it! Let's use the items we no longer need to help our community's animals have a 'second chance'!

In an effort to control costs, Second Chances has a limited number of paid staff and relies heavily on volunteers. Please call our store manager @ 252-522-0787 to volunteer.


Career Opportunities

11/2020:Animal Caregiver positions available. Duties include: 

Direct animal care and socialization, monitoring animal health, ensuring animal and visitor safety, cleaning/maintaining kennels, interacting with the public and other agencies in a professional manner. Vet Tech or professional animal care experience preferred. Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. High school education or equivalency. Some weekend work required. Applications available HERE and also at the Lenoir County SPCA shelter M-Sat 12-4 PM.  

11/2020: PT/FT opening at our Second Chances Thrift Store in the warehouse. Requires a NC driver's license. Must be able to safely lift 50 lbs. Please apply in person at Second Chances Thrift Store, 2900 W. Vernon Ave., Kinston NC 28504. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3. Printable applications HERE.


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