Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare Inc. - OC-PAW
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Guardian Angel Service and Therapy Dog Program is our wonderful new initiative with Sandra Harknett of Purrfect Pooches.  Ben is a Therapy Dog who works with Rita Rendon of Back to Nature, Second Chances.

Here is the link  to Carolyn Alford's article about Ben.

Armalite AR-15 raffled off on the 23rd at the Cause for the Paws event at Fat Burgers on Rt 210. Tickets for the new Ford Focus from Sanders Ford are available now at PetMart on 210 in Sneads Ferry and at the event for $20.00 a ticket...... the car will be raffled off December 22, 2016   You can also purchase tickets on this website on the donate button or through pay pal

Our Educational Trailer will be traveling the county informing residents of the several programs available to them through our organization. Funding for these programs  come from our main fundraiser.....The Cause for the Paws, now in its 5th year.   Additional funding comes from the Dallas Fred Allen Endowment working with Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. 

Aggie's Walking Wheels

On Memorial Day 2016, a Marine German Shepherd dog named Aggie…..walked the Rainbow Bridge.  Aggie was afflicted with Degenerative Myelopathy and in her later years she progressively lost the use of her legs.  David & Patty Keller donated her “Walking Wheels” to OCPAW so another dog could have the freedom of movement that Aggie enjoyed.  What a beautiful story of steadfast love and devotion.

If you are aware of someone who could use this wonderful gift of mobility…please contact us 910.745.7930

Our Drop Trap Program

Onslow residents are having great success borrowing our drop trap and transfer crate to get feral cats on their property spay and neutered. If you are interested in finding out more about this program please contact Jane Smith at ilovebaskets2@hotmail.com Watch the You Tube video to see how it works

The Swansboro Area Development Foundation, Inc, partnered with SAEO (Swansboro Area Events Organization) for their first annual Swansboro Derby Day Festival. This beautiful event awarded a $4000.00 check from the event proceeds to OCPAW (Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare, Inc, along with three other local organizations.  We are so grateful our organization was selected for their very generous support for the animals that we will be able to help with this funding.

Tickets are also available at Pet Mart on 210 in Sneads Ferry. Please call for any additional information   910.745.7930 You can also purchase them on our website, please go to the donation page. 

2015 Festival of Trees in Jacksonville

Dorothy from Surf City Guns, far left, DottyAnn Harding (OCPAW) and the winner of the AR-15 Mr. Terry Hartley. Also pictured with his 15 year old lab. Drawing was held at Lor-re-lei's Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.

Rusty Mashburn was the winner of the AR-15 that was raffled off at our 4th Annual Cause for the Paws event.  We are currently raffling off another  AR-15 November 26th to raise additional funding for the animals in our community. Tickets  are $20.00 and can be purchased on our website  by going to our DONATE PAGE. There will only be 50 tickets sold.

You can support us this year by stopping by at our 4th Annual  Cause for the Paws, our largest fundraiser. Because of your donations we have issued over 100 spay/neuter vouchers and were able to help over 75 animals who received needed medical treatment and found forever homes.  ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU!!!!  Also available is our  "Devotion" artwork....please see information below.

Please Support Us By Clicking On The Donate Page listed on the left side of this page......Thank You.

"Devotion"  an 11x14 acrylic/watercolor signed and numbered limited edition which can also be personalized by the artist is available for only $39.99  (all proceeds go to the Cause for the Paws-OCPAW)

You can also order by sending an email (ocpaw@yahoo.com)  or stop into  PetMart on 210 in Sneads Ferry and speak with Shannon. Payment can be made on the donation page or by sending a check. PO Box 745 Sneads Ferry, NC 28460

Onslow County Patriot Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc.has a Facebook site that is reserved for animals needing assistance in the care of our military members. Military members will be able to specifically support the animals listed there by going to our donate page located on this site to fund the animal of their choice.

Spay/Neuter Certificates available for Onslow County residents. Submit an application from this website.

So in every act of kindness we hold in our own hands the mercy of our Maker, whose purposes are in life and not death, whose love does not stop at us but surrounds us, bestowing dignity and beauty and hope on every creature that lives and suffers and perishes. Perhaps that is part of the animals' role among us, to awaken humility, to turn our minds back to the mystery of things, and open our hearts to that most impractical of hopes in which all creation speaks as one. For them as for us, if there is any hope at all then it is the same hope, and the same love, and the same God who (Dominion by Matthew Scully)
" shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."(Rev.21:4)

The Fourth Annual Cause For The Paws Bike Run & Benefit 

will take place this year at Lo-re-lei's Pub & Lorelei's Pub and Grill Sunday, October 11th! Registration is at 11AM & Kickstands are up at 12:30PM sharp. Dice Run is $20.00 and includes a BBQ Plate & 2 Raffle Tickets! $5.00 for extra rider. Cars are also welcome! There are Raffles, 50/50, & yes, AMAZING Auction items again! The Doggie Kissing Booth will be in place again too!! The Incredible Band CLAWDADDY will be playing from 3 - 7PM!!! BBQ Plates with all the fixin's will be sold starting at 2PM for $7.00!! ALL money raised will benefit OCPAW Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare Inc. We are really excited about this years benefit & hope to make more money than EVER for this organization that has already done so much to help so many of us!

Our mobile office event/educational Trailer should be ready soon to make the rounds around our County

Our educational rack cards were a great success to bring awareness of the danger of leaving your pet in the car.  We will continue this program next year and hopefully will be able to make more of an impact when our Traveling Mobile Office is completed.

Spay/Neuter Certificates available for Onslow County residents. Submit an application from this website.


There are cameras located everywhere in this country, so it is very difficult to transact any type of business without you being videoed. There is no consent form to be signed or anyone verbally asking for your permission to be videoed. So my question then is this.....in a setting where animals are slaughtered to enter into our food supply why would there be restrictions on people trying to document this information so that we all might be informed. Being informed would then be exposing such things as animal cruelty so that the situation could then be remedied voluntarily or under law. This Ag-gag Bill which was fast tracked and passed through the House is now in the Senate as SB433 Property Protection Bill. The bills are disguised as business protection efforts, but make no mistake: The goal is to punish whistle-blowers and prevent the public from seeing how their food is produced.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/…/op…/article19336296.html…
Please contact your Senator and ask him NOT to support this Bill.

Swansboro Area Youth Development Foundation (SAYDF) a subsidiary of the Swansboro Area Development Foundation, Inc. (SADF) , has selected Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare Inc. (pictured) and  Protectors of Homeless Pets of Carteret County as recipients of a portion of the funds they have raised this year. The purpose of establishing the SAYDF was to involve area teenagers in local government, event planning, community development and improvement and to teach them the importance of volunteerism and civic responsibility.  Each of the organizations mentioned received a check in the amount of $250.00 to assist with their funding needs.  http://www.sadfnc.org/youth.html

Successful Surgery!!
Remember Snuggles, well his new name is Tyson and he is now pain free and recovering in his new forever home. When speaking to the veterinarian who performed the surgery she was amazed at the damage that had been done to this animals leg. Someone with enough strength ( specifically stated a child could not do this), that applied force to rip the tendons and ligaments and separate the knee joint that was completely destroyed. She told us that this was the only option for him surgically and she could see the difference in him immediately when he woke up from surgery, as all that pain he that he had endured was gone.

Leg amputation needed....
My name is Snuggles and I am a very sweet & loving male DSH about one year old who was abandoned along with several other cats in a troubled area of Onslow County. My other friends were one day crammed into a cardboard box and just dumped in a parking lot, so I was told. I am hoping someone had mercy on them and they found a home. I ran from that situation before I met the same fate but was injured in doing so. My foster mom took me in and cared for me as I was very thin, dirty and limping. She called OCPAW for help and I was then taken to a vet for complete vetting and an x-ray that didn't show anything broken...thank goodness! Several days passed and I was still limping and in pain so back to the vet I went and after the exam recommended my leg be amputated. We were very concerned about this and consulted with another vet. After the exam she confirmed that this would be best and I would then be pain free and would manage very well with three legs…..especially since I am in a very caring home now. So tomorrow is the day and I'm asking for cat prayers that will start me on the beginning of my journey and a new life with a military family that loves me very much. I am so very fortunate for the Cause for the Paws, OCPAW's main fundraiser given ever year under the direction of Donna & Larry Plowman and their many volunteers who support their efforts. These funds were used to help me and so many others like Molly and Lucy Girl who are currently also receiving medical treatments and will be appearing on our sites soon. We would not be able to help these animals without your very kind donations…thank you.

Sato is a Puerto Rican slang term referring to a mixed breed dog. Due to a combination of economic, social, and cultural factors, Puerto Rico has a terrible problem of animal overpopulation, abandonment, abuse, and neglect, meaning that abandoned satos can be found everywhere, struggling to survive on the streets, beaches, and commercial centers. Because of satos' out-of-control numbers and people's view of them as a public menace and are sometimes the victims of abuse such as burning and drowning.
Myra adopted Jennifer, a certified & licensed therapy counselor who was living in Puerto Rico for the past year, but will be coming back home to New Jersey in a few weeks with her adopted Sato Angel. She is doing all she can to help this other dog Mya who has been abandoned and will have no hope if not adopted. Can you help us help get her find a forever home here where she will be loved and safe from harm?Mya is a sweet 7 month old 45 pound female Red Dobie Mix who is regal, friendly, happy, and has shown no aggressions. She has been spayed, crate, leash, house-trained and on flea & heart worm preventative. She is highly intelligent and learns commands quickly. She loves to run in big open spaces a gets along well with other dogs. She is thriving with lots of love and companionship and will make a super companion. Please call OCPAW at 484.883.3552 www.oc-paw.com email:ocpaw501@gmail.com

The Clydesdales did come!!!!

Remember the posting Of Anna & Elsa......well the Clydesdales did come!!!! In the form of a wonderful Jacksonville family who adopted them both!  A family with a large fenced in yard with other dogs to run and play and with two sons 14 & 12 to throw balls and cuddle.  The family's email to me today about the pups said, "They have touched our hearts. We love them so much!

 Heartfelt thanks go out to Wanda and all the wonderful staff at Animal House Boarding & Grooming, Mike McHugh of the Jacksonville Daily Newspaper who posted their story and pictures which their new family saw and contacted us about the pups and Donna & Larry Plowman who hold an annual fundraising event for our organization called “Cause for the Paws”. To everyone who supports us through your donations, prayers and postings, you truly make a difference in the lives of the animals that so need our help. I am so very blessed to be a part of our very special caring community of Onslow County who work together to help the less fortunate, suffering and abandoned among us.

We are Ice Princesses Anna & Elsa who were left alone on a rainy freezing night...alone, frightened, cold and hungry. We are Plott Hound and German Shepherd mix, 11 weeks old and weigh just 10 pounds. We thought we heard the Clydesdales coming to save us like they did for that puppy in the Super Bowl Ad, but we know that when you read this you will come and take us home. Please give us a chance with you as we are known for our affection, love & devotion. We currently are boarding at Animal House in Jacksonville which is a wonderful place, but we need a home of our own. We also come with a certificate to be spayed. Call Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare 484.883.3552/ocpaw501@gmail.com


We are Ice Princesses Anna & Elsa who were left alone on a rainy freezing night...alone, frightened, cold and hungry.  We are the best of a Plott Hound and German Shepherd dog, 11 weeks old and weigh just 10 pounds.  We thought we heard the Clydesdales coming to save us like they did for that puppy in the Super Bowl Ad, but we know that when you read this you will come and take us home.  Please give us a chance with you as we are known for our affection,love & devotion.  We currently are boarding at Animal House in Jacksonville which is a wonderful place, but we need a home of our own.  We also come with a certificate to be spayed.  Call Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare 484.883.3552/ocpaw501@gmail.com

Yumi, Luke and Buck, Mark and Kai, and the co-pilot are pictured here before takeoff from Jacksonville Airport.  Buck the black Lab which was helped by OCPAW (Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare, Inc.) and our supporters through donations were able to get Buck vetted and with the proper paperwork to go to a Lab rescue in FL.  Yumi & Luke had contacted us for help and acted as Bucks foster parents which really played a big part along with Leslie from Rescue Connect and naturally Pilots n Paws.  Everyone working together can really make a difference for the animals in our community of Onslow. 

With this year soon coming to a close I want to again thank all our supporters & event Founder and Coordinators Donna & Larry Plowman, who for the third year in a row made the Cause for the Paws increasingly successful. It is because of this fundraiser and other donations that we are able to help so many animals find their forever homes. We have been able to continue our low cost spay/neuter program, assisting with needed vaccinations, medical treatments & foster support to increase adopt-ability. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation this year, please go to our donation page on this website where all credit cards and pay pal are accepted. We have very exciting plans for this coming year....please continue to follow us on FB. May God bless you and all his creatures. 

3rd Annual Cause for the Paws

DJ Donna Plowman Creator and Event Coordinator of our largest fundraising event... the Annual Cause For The Paws, now in its third year, with Bud, who is now accepting applications for his Furever Home, with devoted foster mom Kristy, who lovingly nursed him back to health.     He is now home for the Holidays with Linda & Jim in his wonderful new home!                                                                       Photograph by Sheryl Olson/www.sherylolson.weebly.com

Our happy Bud today! Thank you to one of our coordinators Rachel Carter for your gift of photography and your company
Coastal Captures  www.rclandscapeimages. 

Bud Today

Photography Coordinator Rachel Carter
Rachel lives in Sneads Ferry with her 2 rescue dogs, Chase and Savannah.  "As a dog lover I would love to rescue them all," she says, "but since she says that is unrealistic, I can at least volunteer my talents to help OC PAW find permanent homes for animals by taking their portraits."

Rachel works in finance, but also specializes in landscape photography, focusing on coastal scenes.

The last two kittens of this trio litter were adopted at the event.


Our New Division: 

Onslow County Patriot Fund for Animal Welfare
Is a program developed for which  funds are reserved for animals needing assistance in the care of our military members. Military members will be able to specifically support the animals listed on the Onslow County Patriot Fund for Animal Welfare Face Book Page.   

 Go to our donate page to fund the animal of your choice.                 See donation page on this site.

     Our funding comes from locally held events (Cause for the Paws), Happy Jack Distributors and private donations.  We remain an all volunteer non-profit NC corporation.    

Paws 4 Anthony BBQ Fundraiser
......to help bring an Autism service dog to a special little boy.
http://www.gofundme.com/paws-4-anthony Link with additional information regarding Anthony and his funding site.
http://www.pawsforpeople.org/ The link to Paws for People site located in Wilmington NC
Pictured below are Anthony and his mom and Dotty Ann Harding from OCPAW presenting them with a check for $1000.00 to help them reach their goal. Read the page located to the left (Third Grade Class) for the complete story how this class of children  helped a special little boy through their project.
Meet Cindy, Joey and Sara of Sneads Ferry NC who donated 300 pounds of dog and cat food to our organization OCPAW. They did this by having a birthday party and asking their guests to bring food for the animals to be redistributed instead of a gift. What a wonderful idea in giving back to their community.......helping others and their pets in time of need. Thank you so very much!!!!
Meet Cindy, Joey and Sara of Sneads Ferry NC who donated 300 pounds of dog and cat food to our organization OCPAW. They did this by having a birthday party and asking their guests to bring food for the animals to be redistributed instead of a gift. What a wonderful idea in giving back to their community.......helping others and their pets in time of need. Thank you so very much!!!!
FIRST ANNUAL CAUSE FOR THE PAWS - Sunday October 21st, BENEFIT BIKE RUN for Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare (OC-PAW) DICE RUN - $20 (includes BBQ Plate) REGISTRATION Starts @ 11:30am, KICKSTANDS UP at 12:30pm - Run Route Begins @ LO-RE-LEI then WILD HAWG, DALES, THE BRASS PELICAN, THE PIT and ends at LO-RE-LEI - $6 Plates served at LO-RE-LEI at 2PM - There will be a 50/50 DRAWING, AUCTIO... NS & LIVE BANDS 2-4PM "The Carolina Band" 5-8PM"DIXIEDRIVER"
We have been truly blessed by the efforts of the  individuals under the direction of Donna and Larry "Poppa" Plowman, who made this event possible. We now will be able to assist low income families with spay/neuter certificates that will only cost them $39.00. The Spay/Neuter certificate for rescues and low income families is also funded by OCPAW through the efforts of this event, future donations and Happy Jack Pet Distributors. Since 1946, Happy Jack has manufactured high quality, effective animal health products for dogs, cats and horses. As a result of their commitment to safe and effective animal health care within the agricultural markets over the last 60 years, Happy Jack has developed strong brand recognition and consumer loyalty within America’s kennel owners, breeders, outdoor sportsmen, and farmers. For photos of this event click on the Cause for the Paws page to the left side of the page.  You can download the spay/neuter certificate on the spay/neuter page and email the information back to us. You are also able to pay the $39.00 for the certificate on the donate page, just specify that it is for the spay/neuter certificate.

See updates for the Cause for the Paws events on the side bar of this page.

Information regarding our vaccine grant

Marines from Camp Johnson NC
                          Volunteering at the Onslow County Animal Shelter in Jacksonville NC
Animals wanting to be adopted by Onslow County residents have theChamber of Commerce Leadership class is to thank for a fabulous new place for them to attract potential families.  This year’s class chose to build a much needed dog park at the Onslow County Animal Shelter.  The area boasts several enclosures that feature exercise areas, landscaping, green grass, even decommissioned fire hydrants!  The hope is that this dedicated space will give animals a chance to spend quality time outdoors and outside of their cages, socializing with each other and in turn improving the quality of life and the quality of the dogs being adopted.   The project was paid for with money raised by donations American Marine Corps Communities and First Bank Corp., as well as the sale of raffle tickets for an IPad 2, donated by Coldwell Banker Fountain Realty.  The project has gained a loyal group of volunteers who regularly exercise the dogs, including a group of Marines from Camp Johnson.  This promises to be a win-win project for the area and its pets for a very long time.
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Just a Dog?
Keith Decker, retired NWA Captain flew this recent mission
Pilots N Paws   Recently flew two beautiful labs from Onslow County Shelter in Jacksonville, NC where they were out of time and to be euthanized the next day, to a Lab rescue in Jacksonville, FL.
Gail Wipple , President and Founder of CAPS(Carolina Animal Protection Society) of Jacksonville NC and Kelly from Lab Rescue of Florida coordinated these efforts.
The pilot was Keith Decker, a retired NWA Captain on the left, who currently resides in Rock Hill, SC.  On the right is Officer Doug from the Onslow Shelter. 
Pilots N Paws is a very impressive organization who provides this transportation for dogs in high kill shelters.  Keith and the other pilots provide this service using their own personal funds.  Please donate to support their efforts  on continuing this wonderful program on the donation page.  Just mention your donation is to be used for Pilots n Paws, and remember it is a tax deductible donation. www.pilotsnpaws.org
News article showing Dotty Ann Harding, President and Founder of OC-PAW, the pilot Keith Decker and Officer Doug from Onslow shelter and one of the lab passengers.

OC-PAW provides vaccines for Animal ControlWe are proud to annouce that we have been awarded over 2,000 doses of Nobivac Canine Flu H3N8 from the Petfinder.com Foundation and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. This vaccine, which has a value of over $22,000.00 has been donated to the Onslow County Shelter in Jacksonville, NC. and Pender Shelter in Pender County, NC 
Click on this link for the full story

 Southwest Elementary School's Third Grade Class (located in Jacksonville NC), and their teacher Anna Barnoski presented OC-PAW with a check for $500.00. Go to their page for the full story.

We are so pleased that Brittany Pollard of Topsail High School has elected to award OC-PAW as beneficiary of the funds that she raised for her Senior Project for 2011.  Her project was an informed presentation and fundraiser regarding current animal issues, such as targeting areas of  abuse in dog fighting, cruelty and puppy mills. She raised over $200.00 in her efforts of community awareness with this ever present issue.  Thank you, Brittany for your vision and hard work.  We will continue with your efforts by using your tri-fold poster presentations at community gatherings such as Autumn at Topsail.  With your funds, informational brochures will be printed to invoke community awareness of these concerns, and will continue with your fund raising efforts.  Our hopes, as yours, are to reduce the suffering of the animals in our community by awareness, advocacy and education.  Thank you again for your hard work and support of our efforts.        (OC-PAW Coordinator, Kathy Cahill, accepting a check from Brittany Pollard of Topsail High School).
To keep abreast of laws and proposed laws that may effect our County animals, a helpful site is: 

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Lulu's Rescue
14,000 dogs die a day at our animal control facilities. This is a short documentary that exhibits the challenges facing dogs and the people that support them. It also focuses on the great work of Lulu...
People Saving Pets