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Our first priority is to take in homeless animals. Therefore, we are what is called a “limited admission” shelter. We can only take non-stray animals that we believe we can find homes for. Getting an animal moved through the shelter expediently is one of our main goals in this situation. Why? We think the shelter is a great place to land, but the best place for any animal is in a loving home. 

Many pets who have only known home life do not do well in the shelter environment, so we ask that you exhaust your options before making the decision to surrender. Many pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that relinquishing your pet is the only solution. But before you take that drastic step, be aware of the wealth of resources available to help pet owners such as yourself deal with problems that can seem overwhelming. Most pet-related problems are solvable.


Talk to family and friends. Consider breed rescues, which foster animals in home environments before adoption to a new home.

In compliance with North Carolina State Department of Agriculture ordinance, FAPS is not able to accept stray or abandoned animals. All stray and abandoned animals MUST be taken to the animal control facility in the county in which the animal was found to give an owner an opportunity to reclaim his or her lost pet. Stray and abandoned animals found in Cumberland County must go to Cumberland County Animal Control (CCAC) located at 4704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28306. You may contact CCAC at 910-321-6852.

Owner Surrender


Please understand that FAPS is the only licensed, no-kill animal shelter in the county.  There will always be far more homeless animals than we can accommodate. Since we are a no-kill facility, we do not euthanize to make room for more incoming pets.  We can only take in as many pets as our resources and space allow.


Fayetteville Animal Protection Society takes owner surrenders based on our discretion, space and resources.


Our requirements:


  • We require veterinary history

  • Proof of ownership (veterinary paperwork will work if your name is on them)

  • $70 surrender fee per animal - FAPS is a private, nonprofit organization with no government or corporate funding. As such, we rely on donations to keep our doors open to the animals that need us. This surrender fee allows owners to contribute to the care provided to their pets.

  • Photo ID