Pender Humane Society dedicated to helping homeless and unwanted animals


BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender Humane Society (PHS) is committed to helping homeless and unwanted animals find permanent homes.

Originally chartered in the 1970’s, PHS remained mostly inactive until it was rechartered in 1997.

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A no-kill rescue shelter, PHS focuses on the welfare and care of animals no longer wanted by their owners.

The rescue not only receives abandoned animals from Pender County Animal Services but also neighboring counties including Bladen and Columbus.

Currently, the PHS shelter does not have a lot of animals for adoption because they’ve had so many adoptions.

“We just have three puppies whose mother was found dead and they had been in a foster home until just this week, we have 7 cats and 6 dogs,” said PHS President Gloria Johnson. “We’d like to come to a day where there are no adoptable animals at our shelter or any other place.”

When someone comes to the shelter to adopt, staff members consult with the applicant’s veterinarian and conduct a home visit. They want to ensure the applicant will be a responsible dog or cat owner, and that the adoptee will be properly cared for. If someone adopts an animal and it does not work out, the pet is welcomed to come back to the shelter.

During Hurricane Florence last September, Johnson said the organization’s dedicated staff and volunteers kept the facility open.

“When you consider that the town of Burgaw was underwater and we are located around two miles from there, our workers were able to get there just about every day,” she said.

The PHS shelter is located at 1407 Highway 53 West in Burgaw.

Volunteers also staff For Our Furry Friends (FOFF), a thrift store which celebrates its 15th year of operation this month.

“People get to donate, they get to shop and the store is able to donate $10,000-$15,000 a year to make up the difference the shelter does not make with its fundraising and supporters,” Johnson said.

The FOFF thrift store is located at 102 U.S. Highway 117 South, Burgaw.

For questions about the shelter or thrift store, call 901-259-7022 or check out their website.