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Our Featured Smithfield, NC Partner:

Johnston County Animal Protection League

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Rescue Group:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Primarily Johnston County, NC (including Smithfield, Clayton, Four Oaks, Benson, Pine Level, Cleveland, Garner and Raleigh addresses (inside Johnston County); and we have done outreach in emergency situations outside these areas when at all possible

About Our Rescue Group:

We are the Johnston County Animal Protection League (JCAPL). We are a 501 (c)(3) non profit, founded in 2001.

Our primary function and purpose is animal advocacy and to promote animal welfare, in all its aspects.

We do rescue and adoptions, outreach (providing low cost spay/neuter); and education.

Fax: 919-300-5524, Phone: 919-989-7601, email:

We are unpaid volunteers, but we continue to try and fill the void wherever we see the need, and we do it because the need is great and the animals are innocent in all the crimes and abuses against them.

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Come Meet our Pets:

CATS and KITTENS: Our adoptable cats & kittens are at the Luv-A-Pet Centers at PetSmart, White Oak in Garner and in Brightleaf Blvd in Smithfield).

Cats can be seen during regular store hours by asking a manager or by appointment, with JCAPL. On Saturdays between 10am and 2pm, JCAPL volunteers bring additional cats and kittens to the Luv-A-Pet Center at both locations.

We do rotate our cats and kittens regularly so if you see a cat or kitten online, but do not see them at Petsmart, they are most likely taking a break at their foster home. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about the adoption status of specific cat or kitten.

DOGS and PUPPIES can be seen at the PetSmart at White Oak Shopping Center from 10:00 am until 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays every other week, or by appointment with individual foster homes.

Our Adoption Process:

Dogs $175.00 (includes the animal spayed or neutered, current on vaccines that are age appropriate; flea & tick prevention and heartworm prevention, dewormed and microchip)(refundable $100 deposit required if the puppy is too young to be spayed or neutered - deposit returned after spay/neuter has been completed and verified with veterinarian)

Cats $110 (current on vaccines (FVRCP & Rabies), dewormed, FelV/FIV tested, Advantage or Revolution applied and spayed or neutered (refundable $100 deposit required if the kitten is too young to be spayed or neutered - deposit returned after spay/neuter has been completed and verified with veterinarian).

We require an Adoption Application to be completed, interview with potential adopter, sometimes home visits are done and vet references checked when possible. If the potential adopter lives in a rental property, we will need verification from the property owner or management that pets are allowed, how many and what restrictions may apply. An Adoption Agreement and Medical History form are signed. We require a deposit if animal is pending spay or neuter appointment, and monitor follow-up to keeping the appointment.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.