About Paws4ever

Who We Are

Paws4ever is an animal welfare organization offering a range of services to support pets and people in our community throughout their lifetimes.

Our Adoption Center rescues cats and dogs from our local county shelters and provides them with quality care in our Adoption Center for as long as it takes to find their forever homes.

Our Dog Training Program offers a variety of accessible private lessons and group classes using positive and effective methods.

Paws4ever’s services also include our Legacy Care Program, which provides a loving home for members’ pets when their owners are no longer able to provide care, a members-only Dog Park and Nature Trail, facility rentals, and a ReSale Store.

Paws4ever believes in treating animals with dignity and respect. We believe that positive reinforcement is the humane and effective way to train animals. Paws4ever commits to our animals for a lifetime and never euthanizes for space. We support our entire animal welfare community, including our open-admission county shelter partners.

Our Mission:

Paws4ever is dedicated to creating and growing lifetime relationships between pets and people through adoption, training, education & care.

Our Vision:

A world in which pets and people thrive together

Our Values:

Each one of us is here because we care deeply about the well-being of the animals and people in our community.
Our dedication to animal welfare drives us to approach our work with professionalism and to actively pursue excellence in our service.
Relationship-building is the core of our work. We cultivate lifetime connections, not one-time transactions, with our animals, our clients, and our community.

Every day, we are eager to learn new skills and discover better ways to support pets and people. Our impact grows as we improve through learning. 


Our History


The Animal Protection Society of Chapel Hill began advocating for animal welfare


The Animal Protection Society of Orange County incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization


The organization changed its name to The Animal Protection Society of Orange County, as the sphere of services expanded to serve the whole county.


The APS of Orange County administered the county government contract to operate animal control services and its open-admission animal shelter, providing rescue, health exams, humane care, nutritional food, disease and parasite control, and veterinary care for sick or injured animals arriving in its care. Through those 25 years, APS of Orange County, Inc., proved itself to be a progressive and dedicated organization to the welfare of all animals.

With the help of several very generous donors, APS of Orange County purchased 50 acres near Mebane to establish the Felicite Latane Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary became home to the Learning Center for dog training and a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.


APS of Orange County began a capital campaign to build a second shelter facility at the sanctuary location.


The wildlife center moved from the sanctuary and out of APS of Orange County auspices to become Piedmont Wildlife Center

July 2004

After 25 years of administration, the county government ended its contract with the APS of Orange County to run its animal control services and shelter.

October 2004

APS of Orange County opened the recently completed Adoption Center at the Felicite Latane Animal Sanctuary as a closed-admission, guaranteed adoption center.


43 years after its beginning, the Animal Protection Society of Orange County changed its name to Paws4ever to better reflect the current mission and programs. Our current name and its tagline, “Adopt, Care, Train.” brings focus to the core areas of service that continue to make our whole community a progressive leader in the humane treatment of animals.


The Paws4ever Adoption Center is a placement partner for animals transferred from county shelters. The Learning Center is home to our Dog Training Program, which offers a comprehensive array of accessible group classes and private lessons. The sanctuary is also home to a 3-acre dog park and a beautiful 2-mile nature trail.

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Temporary Change in Hours

Out of an abundance of caution, and to protect our community, visits to the Paws4ever Adoption Center will be by appointment only in order to mitigate risks related to the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19. Please call 919.241.8438 ext. 103 or email adopt@paws4ever.org if you are interested in meeting an adoptable pet at Paws4ever.

*We ask that you do not visit if you have any illness symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.*

Paws4ever dog training classes are postponed until further notice.
The Paws4ever ReSale Store in Hillsborough is closed until further notice.