We focus our animal intake efforts on the animals most at-risk of euthanasia at area animal shelters where the sheer volume of incoming animals creates the most risk for euthanasia. All intake is based on available space, and animals facing immediate euthanasia at county shelters are given priority in our admission program.

Many pets who have only known home life do not do well in the shelter environment, so we ask that you exhaust all options before making the decision to surrender to a shelter. 
Even in a “no-kill” shelter environment, your pet will be alongside many other pets, all waiting for homes. Shelters can be noisy and frightening, and sometimes excellent pets aren’t able to show their best qualities to the people who’ve come to choose a new companion. Stress can cause unattractive behaviors, and unattractive behaviors can cause stressed animals in shelters to continue to be passed over.

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, check out the resources below to help pet owners such as yourself deal with problems that can seem overwhelming. Most pet-related problems are solvable.

However, sometimes leaving a pet in its current home isn’t an option. In that case, the best outcome is for the pet’s owner to rehome the pet without him entering the high-stakes shelter system. There are a variety of alternative rehoming options out there, and we hope you will try these before surrendering to a shelter.

By law, 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.

Cumberland County Animal Services 4704 Corporation Drive,  910-321-6852

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Pet Resource Libary

Pet Behavior Handouts

Adopting an Undersocialized Cat

Adopting an Undersocialized Dog

Aggression Between Cats

Canine Rivalry

Cat Aggression Towards People

Children & Cats

Children & Dogs

Crate Training

Destructive Chewing

Destructive Scratching

Digging Problems

Dog Behavior: Barking

Dog Behavior: Digging

Dog Behavior: Escape Artist

Housetraining a Puppy

Housetraining an Adult Dog

Introduction: Cat to Cat

Introduction: Cat to Dog

Introduction: Dog to Dog

Litterbox Problems

Loose Leash Walking

Marking: Cats

Marking: Dogs

Preparing Pet for Baby

Puppy Behavior: Chewing

Puppy Behavior: Nipping

Resource Aggression

Separation Anxiety

Submissive Urination

Why Pets Stray

Local Resources


* Denotes Cat/Critter Rescue

Abandoned Love Rescue

Alley Cats & Angels*

APS of Durham

Blind Cat Rescue*

Caring Hearts for Canines

Carolina Animal Rescue & Adoption

Carolina Boxer Rescue

Carolina Poodle Rescue

Four Our Underdogs

German Shepherd Rescue

It Takes a Village

Lab Rescue

Operation Healing Whiskers

Safe Haven*

Second Chance Rescue


Thundering Paws

Tilted Acres Rescues & Adoption

Triangle Beagle Rescue

Low Cost Vet Care & Spay/Neuter

Spay Neuter Clinic of the Sandhills

SpayUSA (voucher program)

Peak Performance Mobile Veterinary Services

Tractor Supply Low Cost Clinic



American Airline - Transportation Assistance

Army Veterinary Hospital Directory

Dogs on Deployment

Guardians of Rescue

NC State Military Outreach

Operation Military Pets - Transportation

Operation Roger - Transportation

PACT for Animals Military Foster Program

Pets for Patriots

Pets for Vets

Pilots N Paws - Transportation

Puppy Rescue Mission

Vets Adopt Pets


Airborne K9

Dutches Canine Academy

Kranenburg Kennels

Patriot K-Nine

River Run Dog Training

Tarheel K9 


Feral Cats

Pet Food Pantry

Feral Cat Friends

Operation Catnip

S/N Clinic Feral Cat Information

Unchain Cumberland County

Pet Food Pantry of Eastern NC

Safe Haven Pet Food Pantry

SPCA Wake - Pet Food Assistance

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