Hello! I just wanted to share my adoption story with you guys. My husband and I adopted Raya (was Urchin) a week before Christmas 2022. Since joining our home, she has gone from timid and nervous to completely breaking out of her shell. She has built tons of confidence and excelled in obedience training. Her … Continued


I’m attaching some very cute photos taken of Beans courtesy of Cathi on the day that I adopted him, and a few others I took on that day at the shelter and after I brought him home.  I was a bit worried that I would have trouble knowing which cat was the right match for me, but … Continued


My son and I came to the APS on December 21st, interested in a pair of sisters, only to find out they had been adopted. Primarily looking to adopt a kitten, we went from room to room, meeting all of the wonderful kitties. We came across Snaggletooth and knew immediately that he had a place in … Continued


We adopted our furry best friend 9/17/22 at Durham APS, and we couldn’t be more glad. We needed the joy of a pet back in our lives after our 17 yr old cat passed. We met this cute little grey boy named “Tems” in one of the open kitten rooms. He was super shy, hiding … Continued

The tale of Emily Grace

A touching story about a cat finding it’s right place in the world, as told by her owner Debra English. “Twenty years ago, I visited APS of Durham in search of Emily Grace. That’s right, I’d named her before I knew her. I searched several shelters to find the girl who matched the name. Small … Continued

A senior pet with so much to give

“Neville (formerly “Baxter”) makes an excellent case for adopting a senior pet. Well into his golden years (10 approx), Neville is the ultimate snuggle bug, spending most of his time on my lap or a dog bed next to me while I work from home. He has been so easy to care for and integrated … Continued

Luna, the full moon dog

This is the story of Luna (formerly Edna), adopted by the Jewell-Alibhai family. “Wherever we’ve lived in the world we’ve always had dogs, but for the last few years have been without a four-legged friend in our house. The younger members of our family kept up unrelenting pressure this summer and after promises that they … Continued

Gus Gus -a tale of two kitties

Here is the story of once shy Gus Gus, as told by his owner Diana Pineda. “I adopted Gus Gus in mid-March 2021. My first rescue cat, Ella, had just passed away and I dropped by APS to see if you had any cats. Somehow that day there were only 2 cats at APS (not … Continued

Happy Harry!

Adopter Rachel Hoover wrote to us with this Happy Tail about her newest family member, Harry the cat. She writes, “He’s been here over a year now and is settled in like he’s always been a part of the Hoover cat clan. Harry’s life philosophy is that the only reason you aren’t snuggling him right … Continued