Introducing Paws For Life Animal Rescue

Phasing out of Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS)

Over the years we’ve done some wonderful work under this name! But we’ve also had some problems with clarity on what exactly we do — particularly, confusion with other Franklin County animal organizations.

So, in the interest of making our mission clear, we’ve decided to start our Animal Rescue under a name that we’ve been using for our annual 5k event — Paws For Life Animal Rescue NC

Franklin County Humane Society is still operational, we are just running programs under different names. 

We have our Working Cats Program, SNIF Program (Spay/Neuter In Franklin County) and now Paws For Life Animal Rescue!


Joelle – A last minute rescue

This afternoon we got a call of desperation to our foster families by our wonderful team member Megan, who works closely with the Franklin County Animal Shelter. With minutes to spare before euthanasia, Megan had managed to find a volunteer to drive out and transport this scared, yet beautiful, dog to another volunteer's home for fostering.

Everyday I am blown away by the amazing team of volunteers we have here at Paws For Life! They inspire me to be a better person — to do more and to ask for less.

These sorts of things happen almost daily at Paws For Life, and seeing the difference we made for Joelle in a few hours time is extraordinary! See for yourself, these pictures were taken before and after being rescued by our group.

If you are interested in getting involved apply to be a volunteer, and do whatever you can help us, no matter what your skills or time allows you'd be surprised what effect you can have on these animal's lives!

Become A Volunteer

Bruno – A Happy Tail

 Bruno in new home
Bruno in new home
We adopted Bruno on New Year's Day 2017...And he has been the perfect fit for our family.

Bruno never has a dull moment in our house as he has myself (Ashley), my fiancé (Todd), and 3 2-legged siblings (Kristin, Garrett & Hunter) to play with!! He loves to play (especially with his rope toys) and his favorite thing to chew on is cow hooves.

The first night he was with us he made himself completely at home on his new dog bed...But has since made himself at home in our "people" beds!!

Bruno is such a sweet boy and we are truly blessed that he is now a part of our family!!

Thank you again to the Franklin County Humane Society for giving us this opportunity!!

~ Ashley & Todd

Rosie – A Happy Tail

Formerly Sweetie Pie

I recently adopted a dog, Sweetie Pie (now Rosie) from your rescue group.

I am writing to let you know how very impressed and happy I have been with your group and the whole adoption experience. I know whereof I speak, having volunteered in two different animal shelters (Durham APS and Paws4Ever in Mebane) for a total of over 45 years. I found Sweetie Pie on your web site and sent in several questions - which were answered immediately. That was pretty amazing in itself. I went to an adoptathon in Wake Forest to meet her and her foster mother Barbara Walsh - a really incredible foster parent in my opinion. Considering this dog’s terrible background, she had done wonders with her in the past 5 months.

The following day she brought the dog ( an hour’s drive one way ) to meet our resident dog and investigate our home situation. All of this went very well. My husband and I decided to adopt but needed another week to prepare. We had a special situation with another resident dog who was 15 and dying from cancer and he was to be euthanized that week. Barbara agreed to keep Sweetie Pie another week and bring her back the following weekend. She literally cried when she left her with us. She brought her treats, her toys, her special blanket, her food, and has been a wealth of information ever since. We email almost every day. Every adopter should be so fortunate as to have someone like Barbara to stay in contact with who knows all the special needs and quirks of a new family member.

I just want to let you know I think you have a great organization and I wish you the very best. If any of your potential adopters ever need a reference, please have them email me. And most of all, Rosie is a fabulous dog. We are very happy with her.

~ Carole

Volunteer Meeting – Jan 17th 2017

Interested in volunteering?  We are always looking for volunteers and fosters (temporary, vacation and long term).

If you are interested in learning more about Paws For Life and how you can get involved, please join us!

The next volunteer meeting is on January 17th at 6:30pm at the Forks Cafeteria where we have a room reserved.

Please come early if you want to eat.

Hope to see you there!!

Forks Cafeteria
339 South Brooks Street,
Wake Forest, NC

Rabies Clinics – January and February 2017

Walk-up Rabies Clinics! No Appointment needed!

'The Franklin County Animal Shelter has clinics scheduled on these dates/times.

  • Saturday January 14 8AM - 9AM
  • Saturday February 25 8AM -9AM

Franklin County Animal Shelter
351 T Kemp Rd
Louisburg, NC

Rabies Vaccines will be $5.

1 year and 3 year vaccines will be available. 3 year rabies vaccine will only be administered with current certificate of previous rabies vaccine.

$15 per vaccine for the following one year vaccines.

  • Canine Distemper-Parvo
  • Canine Kennel Cough
  • Feline Distemper
  • Feline Leukemia Vaccine
Please call (919) 494-5500 if you have any questions. Be sure to thank Dr. Goldman for her service to Franklin County and the surrounding areas! We hope to see you there!
best year yet

Our best year yet, 2016

We would like to THANK all of you who have supported the work of the Franklin County Humane Society, which from here on will be called Paws For Life Animal Rescue, for your part in saving the lives of so many homeless pets.

Here are are numbers for 2016:

  • Dogs adopted: 411
  • Dogs transported (from shelters to our partner rescues): 74
  • Dogs currently in foster care: 40
  • Cats adopted: 288
  • Cats currently in foster care: 59

That is a total of 872 animals who are safe, have bright futures, and are spayed/neutered so that they will not add to the future overpopulation of unwanted animals. Whether you sent in a donation, fostered one of these pets, helped at adoption events, sponsored our fundraisers, or contributed in ANY way, you share in saving these lives. THANK YOU! We hope to do even more in 2017!


It was tiring work <yawn>… but we’ve relaunched our website!

Now that we've rebranded from FCHS to Paws For Life Animal Rescue, we felt it was also time to relaunch the website. We'll no longer be at, but instead we'll now be at (don't worry, old links should still get you here for a while). Long hours went into trying to improve our site experience in order to help support our online presence and spread our message!

As part of the relaunch, we're trying out a new blog that we hope will enable us to keep the community updated with the latest news and events. It'll also be a platform for us to provide insider posts about our volunteers, foster families, as well as adoption stories and follow-ups.

Let us know if you have any suggestions about things you'd like to see here, difficulties you had finding things, or any other suggestions. Our goal is to make it useful for those looking to adopt or get involved with us at the Paws For Life! We're looking forward to your feedback!

We wanted to call out some of the companies that are providing great services to non-profit organizations (like ourselves!), making this all possible for us. DreamHost is providing our hosting free of charge. Also, a shout-out Pixabay and Pexels for their great selection of free to use images!

Along with a new site, we also have started using Google Apps for Nonprofits, allowing us easier management of our volunteers and fosters, with an additional benefit of being able to use email addresses. We're really excited about this, hopefully it helps us serve you better.



Photos with Santa Saturday

 Pictures with Santa
Pictures with Santa
Bring your pet and strike a pose with Santa at Petco!

For a donation of $9.95, you'll receive a holiday photo of you and your pet, and 100% of the proceeds help animals with Paws For Life Animal Rescue!

This event will take place at three different locations.

Petco North Raleigh 6231 Triangle Plantation Dr Raleigh, NC 27616

Petco Wake Forest 12638 Capital Blvd. Wake Forest, NC 27587

Petco Knightdale 1014 Shoppes At Midway Drive Knightdale, NC 27545