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Our Mission Statement:

We consist of individuals who are highly motivated animal advocates who maintain a program of low cost spay and neuter certificates for qualified Onslow residents who adopt from any shelter. 


We provide:


Insight and information regarding affordable spay/neuter clinics for domestic animals and feral cats.


Education and public awareness of current legislation regarding animal welfare issues.


A commitment to facilitate and empower our County residents who are willing to foster stray companion animals by acting as an Animal Welfare Liaison. 


To accomplish this goal OCPAW provides food, vaccines, needed medical assistance and behavioral counseling to help those animals find a new home.


Onslow County Partners for Animal Welfare (OC-PAW) is an all volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation of Onslow County NC, that is funded entirely by donations and fundraisers which are tax deductible.

Dallas Fred Allen Endowment 


How We Have Helped since 2009...

We issue vouchers for animals to be spayed/neutered and provide all medical expenses, vaccinations and food to those who are fostering animals.

 We have found homes for hundreds of animals but still remain focused on staying involved in legislative animal welfare issues for changes to occur state-wide.

Great shelter reform occurred after a year of fact-finding in 2010 which was produced to then former County Commissioner Bill Keller who then presented the situation to the other County Commissioners to move Animal Control from under the Health Department to under the authority of the County Commissioners. 

Ultimately Director Alan Davis was hired who made amazing shelter improvements in the lives of the animals. Euthanasia declined, adoption and rescues increased, more staff were hired and volunteers were encouraged along with the development of military volunteer relationships. 

Overall condition and appearance of the physical structure were upgraded, a dog park was added for the dogs to run and play, new computer and phone systems to handle the large volume of calls, heating, and cooling of the shelter finally occurred, staff was increased, new flooring for waste disposal, veterinary care was provided in-house, a vet tech was hired, vaccinations were given and huge grants obtained for the spaying & neutering of the animals of Onslow County, and the Advisory Committee was formed.

We continue top work with Onlsow County Animal Services to distribute spay/neuter vouchers for county residents.

Meet the Board

DottyAnn Harding Founder of OCPAW in 2009, President & CEO, Board Member

Retired OR RN, Retail Owner-Manager, President

Forked River Chamber of Commerce (1986),

Sneads Ferry Rotary Membership Chairman (2013-2015), Onslow County Animal Services Advisory Committee (2011-2013)

Shannon Major: Owner/Operator Pet Mart Sneads Ferry, NC

Board Member Vice President.

Outreach Coordinator Donna Plowman: Event planner for our largest fundraiser "Cause for the Paws" owner of "Kiss the Bride and event planner and consultant for the Angry Ginger Restaurant in Jacksonville, NC. Board Member. Jacksonville,

Jean H. Cole Event Planner, 2016 Onslow Lightkeeper Festival of Trees working toward an Onslow Hospice House for 13 years. 

Sherry Schaefer, Comptroller and owner/operator of Pet Mart in Sneads Ferry. 

Secretary Officer:Linda Rose Futrell

Medical Officer: Dr. Dante Martin,DVM Owner of Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital.

Animal Behaviorist Officer: Sandra Harknett.Owner of Purrfect Pooches Dog Training:

Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Evaluator. 

Programming & Communication Officer: Jack Floyd . President – Animal Shelter’s Best Friend, a software non-profit dedicated to improving the record-keeping of animal organizations.

Fifteen-year volunteer for animal organizations.          

Technology Officer: Jennifer Baker LPC RPT ACS

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