Martin Park is an off-leash dog park located on more than 50 acres of land located at 350 Commerce Ave. in Southern Pines. It is behind a cul-de-sac at the end of Yadkin Park, off U.S. 15-501, behind Walmart. The dog park allows dogs, accompanied by their owners, to run free for exercise and recreation. There are no fences, but there are trails that wind throughout the 50 acres. The Southern Pines dog park has rules, including one requiring that dogs be vaccinated and licensed. The dog park has been open for off-leash recreation since the summer of 2000, and so far there have been no problems. The park is managed by the town of Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-2463 or visit www.southernpines.net/recreation.
Pooch Park in the Pines
Pooch Park in the Pines provides dogs large and small with a safe, controlled place to roam — unleashed.A joint project between Moore Humane Society and a group of dedicated volunteers called “Pooch Park Partners in the Pines,” the 3 1/2 acre park is the county’s first fully fenced-in dog park. Members must have a pass code to enter. Located across the street from the Moore County Airport on Old N.C. 22, Pooch Park in the Pines is a well-maintained canine paradise open to members only. The Pooch Park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. Memberships start at $35 for the first dog and $15 for the second dog. There is a limit of three dogs per household. Visit www.moorehumane.org/PPIP, call (910) 947-2631 or drop a note to Pooch Park in the Pines, P.O. Box 662, Southern Pines, NC 28388.
The Pet Placement Project (P3) was founded in March 2012. Its goal is to increase the adoption rate and lower the euthanasia rate of adoptable pets at the Animal Center of Moore County, which is located in Carthage. Call (910) 315-0333, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mcprc.org/P3.
Moore County’s Animal Control Ordinance is designed to protect the county’s animals from neglect and abuse, promote responsible pet ownership and protect residents from the results of irresponsible pet ownership of others. Residents are encouraged to check out all the details of the Ordinance at www.moorecountync.gov/acmc/index.html, or call The Animal Center at (910)947-2858.
Appointed by the Moore County Commissioners in early 2006, the mission of the Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee is to provide and drive, with the support of the County Commissioners, solutions to the pet overpopulation crisis in Moore County. The Committee pulls together members from various backgrounds and interests. Call (910) 949-9953 or visit mcprc.org.
Taking a little time to plan ahead makes life calmer and safer for Moore County families and their animals during an emergency. That’s the mission of the County Animal Response Team (CART) and its resulting Animal Response Plan, designed to protect companion animals, livestock and wildlife in the event of a large-scale disaster in Moore County. Anyone interested in volunteering for CART should call Animal Services at (910) 947-2858 or visit www.ces.ncsu.edu.
When their pets need urgent medical attention outside veterinarians’ normal office hours, dog and cat owners in Moore County can turn to Small Animal Emergency Services. Located on the northbound side of U.S. 1 between Southern Pines and Vass at 5091 U.S. 1, the clinic is open from seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Small Animal Emergency Services is open 24 hours on weekends and holidays.Visit dogcat-er.com or call (910) 246-0405.
To report a lost or found pet, visit thepilot.com for a one-stop site to get the word out. The information provided is shared immediately with 11 agencies in the county, ranging from police departments to animal advocate groups. To take advantage of this resource, go to thepilot.com, click the “Submit” drop down menu, and select “Lost Pet” or “Found Pet.” A photo and description of your pet will also appear in the Lost & Found Pets section of the Classifieds free of charge for one week.
As a resident of the Sandhills, consider granting a new leash on life by opening your home and heart to one of the area’s many wonderful adoptable pets or by volunteering with one of the groups listed below. There are several animal welfare groups in the area, led by individuals dedicated to improving conditions for unwanted pets.
Animal Advocates of Moore County Inc.
229A Ridgeline Dr, Aberdeen
www.aamcnc.org • email@example.com
A progressive, proactive organization whose mission is to make Moore County a no-kill county. This will be accomplished through an aggressive no-cost spay/neuter program and by educating the public.
Carolina Animal Rescue And Adoption
42 Deep River Rd, Sanford
A nonprofit organization that promotes responsible pet ownership through education and provides shelter and care to domestic companion animals until a loving, responsible home can be found or lost pets are reunited with their families.
Moore Humane Society
5355 N.C. 22, Carthage
Incorporated in 1966 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Moore Humane Society is the founder of animal welfare in the Sandhills. The only state-licensed, privately funded animal shelter in Moore County, it rescues, rehabilitates and adopts homeless animals and practices “no-kill” philosophies. Its mission is to ensure that all animals are treated with compassion and respect and to end euthanasia as a means of controlling pet overpopulation in our community.
Sandhills Animal Rescue League Inc.
396 Thomas Road, Jackson Springs
A nonprofit, no-kill organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stray and abandoned companion animals, focusing on individualized care and attention. It offers a return policy if the adopted pet is not compatible with the household.
Solutions for Animals Inc.
2298 Horace Walters Rd, Raeford
An indoor facility for rescued animals. Adoptions are based on compatibility between the pet and the prospective adopter.
The Animal Center of Moore County
5235 U.S. Highway 15-501 S., Carthage
Provides temporary shelter for Moore County’s abandoned and stray companion animals; promotes placement programs and public education; and enforces state and county animal laws.
The Haven-Friends for Life
400 Fulford McMillan Rd,Raeford
A large, no-kill shelter accepting strays and unwanted pets. It focuses on high-volume adoptions to stop the convenience killing of healthy adoptable animals.
Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills (CAC)
The Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills Foundation (CAC) is a regional organization that promotes humane and responsible care of companion animals. The foundation’s goal is to eliminate the euthanasia of abandoned and unwanted animals in a nine-county region, including Moore, Lee, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Harnett, Cumberland, Chatham and Randolph through affordable spay/neuter with community education, and volunteer involvement. For those who qualify, funds are available on a limited basis to further subsidize the cost of spay/neuter at the SNVC. Information about the voucher program is available at www.companionanimalclinic.org, the website for the Companion Animal Clinic of the Sandhills Foundation Inc., along with a voucher donor form. The mailing address is P.O. Box 148, Southern Pines 28388. Offices and the clinic are at 5071 U.S. 1, south of Vass. The appointment number is (910) 692-3499 (FIXX). The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Surgeries are scheduled by appointment only.