Frequently Asked Questions

  • Assume it is lost and not a stray
  • Take photo and notify animal control in your town or county where and when the dog was found and that it is in your possession. Ask them how long you must hold the dog before you can re-home it.
  • Check dog for a microchip – county or vet will do this for no charge.
  • Put up on social media as well as flyers in the area where dog was found.
  • If you cannot hold onto the dog for the required period of time specified for your county, you MUST turn the dog over to the county. You MAY NOT re-home the dog without following the county guidelines.
  • You MUST assume it is someone’s pet and give ample opportunity to the owner to find their dog.
  • Please visit to see the following ordinances for stray animals: Brunswick Co., Article VII, Sec 1-3-302; Sec 1-3-303; Sec 1-3-304; New Hanover Co., Article I, Sec.5-6

We consider owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis. Please provide a current photo of your dog, whether it is up to date on vaccinations, on heartworm and flea & tick prevention. Tell us if he/she is neutered/spayed. What is the dog’s temperament–does he/she get along with other dogs, cats & people. If you have current vet information that is also most helpful. This information should be sent to:

Your information will be reviewed by the intake team. After review, you will hear from us within 72 hours. If we are considering your dog, we will contact you to set up an appointment to meet the dog. We do not accept any dog to Paws Place without first meeting him/her. Please do not bring any dog to our facility without specific instructions from us to do so.

Heartworms is a parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes. There are many effective preventive medications available by prescription from your vet. We suggest you visit the site of the American Heartworm Society to get the answers to your questions regarding heartworm disease and prevention.