The well-being of the community and our animals is always the top priority for us at APS of Durham. Therefore, we are making some adjustments to our operations to do our part in keeping our staff, volunteers and the community safe and healthy during this uncertain time.

First and foremost, our shelter staff will still be present and working hard every day to care for our animals. However, we have determined that the best course of action is to limit shelter traffic to appointment only visits for surrenders and lost pet searches.

How can I access the shelter?

How can I see if my lost pet is in the shelter?

If you wish to make an appointment at the shelter to look for a lost pet, please call 919-560-0640 ext. 9 to speak with a staff person.

How do I adopt an animal at this time?

Many of our adoptable pets will be going into foster homes where they can co-quarantine with a loving foster parent. Please visit our website at for a list of adoptable cats in foster homes as well as those still in the shelter, and to view adoptable dogs currently in foster homes and also in the shelter.

Please send an email to if you are interested in adopting any animals to set up a virtual visit.

Additionally, we are working diligently with other local partner rescue organizations to find alternate placement for as many of our animals as possible. This will help to increase their probability of adoption during this unusual time. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support of our partnering agencies.

How can I surrender an animal to the shelter at this time?

If you wish to make an appointment at the shelter to surrender your pet at this time, please call 919-560-0640 ext. 9 to speak with a staff person.

Is APS of Durham still holding and participating in community events during this time?

We are cancelling all APS of Durham community outreach events and ‘meet and greet’ events until further notice.

When will these changes take effect?

These changes to our operations will take effect on Saturday, March 14, 2020 and will continue until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we implement these operational changes in the interest of our community. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for updates. Wishing good health and safety for our entire community.