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Our Featured Oriental, NC Partner:

Pamlico Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

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:

Located in the small Town of Oriental (pop. 900), PAWS New Leash on Life program serves all of Pamlico County (pop. 13,000) and surrounding counties (Craven, Carteret, Beaufort, Lenior, etc.) in Eastern North Carolina.

We also place our "New Leash on Life" (NLOL) trained dogs outside of our local area, still requiring doggie "meet and greets" and home visits be made.

About Our Rescue Group:

"Everyone deserves a second chance, whether they have two legs or four," is our motto.

In 2012, PAWS began a "New Leash on Life" (NLOL) dog rescue/training program, partnering with the Pamlico Correctional Institution in Bayboro, North Carolina.

The NLOL program takes rescued shelter dogs and pairs them with carefully selected inmate trainers for the betterment of both. Dogs become socialized, well-mannered canine good citizens, and inmates develop a sense of teamwork, responsibility, pride and accomplishment.

Every eight weeks these canine companions graduate and go home with their new adoptive families, and a new group of doggie students enter the program. You, too, can give a fur-ever home to one of these deserving dogs. Start today!

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Come Meet our Pets:

PAWS does not have a shelter; instead we arrange "meet and greets" with the dog/dogs you are interested in. At a quiet local park in Bayboro, you and your family will get an opportunity to meet and play with your potential new best friend/s.

Our Adoption Process:

Our "New Leash on Life" (NLOL) adoptions require a completed Terms of Adoption agreement, Adoption Application and a home visit. The $175 adoption fee is due only when you receive your dog.

The fee includes testing for parasites, vaccinating against distemper, parvo, rabies and bordetella; de-worming, heartworm/flea/tick prevention medications, and altering.

Adoption can begin with a call or email to PAWS. After discussing your needs with a PAWS volunteer, complete and return the forms found on our website,

Applications are collected, "meet and greets" are arranged, and if it's a good match, home visits scheduled. If you live out of the area, we partner with other rescue groups willing to visit you at home.

If selected to adopt the dog who captures your heart, you can attend your dog's graduation ceremony at the prison and take home a wonderful, well-trained and loving, lifelong companion.

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.