Pet Food
If you are having trouble affording food to feed your pets, there are several locations in the Winston-Salem area that can help. In addition to these listed below, you may also want to check with other local "people" food pantries to see if they have pet food.

* Days and times are subject to change without notice *

Pantries supplied by Fur-Ever Friends of NC:

The Shalom Project
Every Tuesday 9am-12pm
639 S. Green St. W-S -27101
Los martes de 9 am al mediodia

Maple Springs Methodist Church
Tuesdays from 9a-11a and 1p-3p
Wednesdays 9a-11a
2569 Reynolda Rd. W-S, 27106

Christ Beloved Church
1st & 3rd week of the month
Thurs & Saturdays 10a to 12p
3205 S. Main St. W-S, -27127

Crisis Control Ministries
Mon – Fri: 9 am - Noon and 1 pm - 4 pm
200 East Tenth Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101
(336) 724-7453

Humane Solutions
FFNC provides pet food donations at HS Shot Clinics
Locations and dates vary
Go to: Humane Solutions Clinic Page to register

Other Resources:

Mixxer Community Makerspace
1375 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
A drop-off and pick-up location of Forsyth Humane Society
Pickup available Tues-Fri 12-8pm

Ardmore United Methodist Church
630 S Hawthorne Rd.
Winston Salem, NC
Pickup: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 5:30-7:00pm

Holy Cross Catholic Church/Pat’s Closet 
Third Thursdays of the month
10am to 12pm or until supplies are gone
616 S. Cherry St, Kernersville
Basement porch of the Brisson House
(336) 497-1767

Fuzzy Friends Pet Food Pantry
Pickup by appointment: 336-986-6556
Leave message

Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation Pet Food Pantry (AARF)
Must apply: Food Assistance Application
PICK-UP: Tues & Thurs 2pm - 4pm only
302 Thurston Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 768-7387

Adoption Resources

Forsyth County Animal Control : List of animals available for adoption (updated hourly)

Forsyth Humane Society

Pet Finder : Find and adopt your newest family member : Animal rescue resources

Resources for Lost & Found Pets

Forsyth County Animal Control – Post here if you have lost or found a pet, and be sure to check daily if you have lost one!! The shelter is only required to hold stray animals for 72 hours.

Forsyth Humane Society - Check here daily to see if your pet is being held here.

PawBoost - A great resource for alerting people in your area that your pet is lost, or for spreading the word if you've found a pet and are trying to locate their owners. Lost & Found Pets – Email xxxx and request a posting if you have lost or found a pet.

Find Toto – Pay service that helps you to canvas an area in search of lost pets

** When posting, either lost or found, include as much detail as possible in your post, including photos! **

Forsyth Humane Society
Low-income Forsyth County residents must complete an application form for approval to receive free spay / neuter services
Phone: 336.721.1303
4881 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Central Spay Neuter & Wellness Clinic
Dedicated to providing low cost, high quality sterilization to dogs and cats.  The clinic also provides vaccines, heartworm prevention and flea products at a reduced rate. Call for appointment and pricing
Phone: 336.723.7550
2780 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

Humane Solution

Piedmont Communities Spay / Neuter & Wellness Clinic
Low-cost spay / neuter services by appointment
Phone: 336.333.5336
1910 N. Church Street, Suite E, Greensboro, NC 27405

Triad Spay / Neuter Clinic (SPCA)
Free Feral Fix every Tuesday by appointment
Phone: 336.375.3222
P.O. Box 4461, Greensboro, NC

Feral Cat Assistance Program
(For cats that must be trapped)
Phone: 336.378.0878
P.O. Box 29112, Greensboro, NC 27429

Forgotten Felines of Forsyth
Phone: 336.768.7387, option 3

Spay USA
A national referral network for affordable spay/neuter services and certificates for reduced cost:
Phone: 800.248.7729

Sheets Pet Clinic
A full service veterinary clinic that also provides a low cost spay and neuter clinic to the public.  Everyone qualifies! The regular clinic funds the low-cost spay and neuter program.
Phone: 336.852.8488
809 Chimney Rock Court, Greensboro, NC 27409

Local participating veterinarians offering discounts twice a year.  Call your Vet for details.

Fur-Ever Friends of North Carolina

Cold Weather Tips                             

The frigid temperatures could result in the deaths of many animals left outside without adequate shelter, food and unfrozen water. Hypothermia, frostbite and death are very real possibilities for any animal left outside, especially when cold temperatures are accompanied by wind, rain, and/or snow.

Keep pets indoors and warm

  • Don’t leave dogs or cats outdoors when the temperature drops below 32 degrees. Shorthaired, very young or old dogs – and all cats – should never be left outside. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs so make sure they have a safe, warm place. No matter what the temperature is, wind chill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when they are outdoors during extreme cold snaps. Watch for signs of hypothermia—shivering, weak pulse, dilated pupils, stupor and unconsciousness. If an animal exhibits these symptoms, get them to a veterinarian right away! Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze.

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside

  • If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, protect it with a dry, draft-free shelter that has three solid walls, solid flooring and a leak proof roof that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with wood shavings. Do not use blankets or cardboard. The house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. If your cat is outdoors it needs protection from the elements as well as food and water. If your pets spend a lot of time outside, increase their supply of food by 30%, particularly protein, to keep them and their fur in good shape. Chapter 6, Article I, Section 6-6 (d)(1) of the County Ordinance states that it is unlawful to confine an animal in such a manner that constitutes abuse and cruelty. Abuse is defined in the ordinance as “failing to provide a shelter for the animal which is surrounded on three (3) sides, covered by a roof, and has a floor (excluding barns), and which is structurally sound, maintained and in good repair, and constructed in such a manner that it is water and wind resistant.” Violations of these ordinances are subject to criminal penalties.

Give your pets plenty of water

  • Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Check your pet’s water dish every 5 hours to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls rather than metal to keep your pet’s tongue from freezing and sticking to metal.

Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars

  • Warm engines of recently parked cars attract cats and small wildlife; they may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car’s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

  • Antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, store antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol, which is less toxic than ethylene glycol to pets, wildlife and family members.


Give your horses shelter and dry warmth

  • Be sure your horses have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can escape the wind and cold. While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets will help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. If you’ve body-clipped your horses, keep them blanketed throughout the winter.

Supply food and water to your horses around the clock

  • Give your horses access to unfrozen water at all times. You can use heated buckets or water heaters /

de-icers to make sure the water doesn’t freeze. Feed your horses more forage—unlimited amounts, if possible—during extreme cold. This will help your horses create heat and regulate their body temperatures.

Warm Weather Tips

Here are some important things to keep in mind to keep animals safe during the summer months:

  • NEVER leave your pets unattended in the car! Temperatures inside a parked car can very quickly reach temperatures over 100 degrees and can turn fatal in just a few minutes! Download the Humane Society’s “Hot Car flyer“.

  • Always have fresh drinking water available for your pets

  • Provide shade and a dog house for your dog to get some relief from the direct sun

  • Limit exercise on hot / humid days

  • Keep your pet cool ‘inside and out’ with pet-friendly popsicles or ice cream, a kiddie pool, water hose or cool body wrap. Don’t rely solely on the power of a fan to blow warm surface air on your pet as that is often not enough

  • Watch for signs of overheating and heatstroke:

    • Heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, excessive salivation, vomiting, deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness

NC has laws to protect animals from this kind of suffering. If you see an animal who is tethered outside without access to shelter or who is suffering in any other way (abuse, abandonment, neglect, etc.), call Animal Control immediately for help. Time is critical and your phone call could save a life.

Animal Control will be swamped with calls during cold and heat spells. Please continue to call them to make reports, but in cases where IMMEDIATE help is needed for an animal, call the Police or Sheriff’s Department as well.

Forsyth County Animal Control:  336.703.2490 or 336.703.2480
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department:  336.727.2112
Winston-Salem Police Department:   336.773.7700

Check out these news reports to see how Fur-Ever Friends is advocating for animals left out in the cold

FOX 8: Piedmont Triad groups works to protect animals from the cold


WXII 12: Protecting your pets in cold weather


Tethering Laws

(e) Subsection 6-6(d) shall become effective twenty-four (24) months after the adoption of this amendment. Any person who violates subsection 6-6(d) after its adoption date, but prior to the twenty-four (24) months, period following the date of Ordinance No. 3-2011 shall be issued a written warning giving the violator notice of the provisions of Ordinance No. 3-2011. Any person who violates this amendment after the expiration of the 24-month period following the adoption date of Ordinance No. 3-2011 shall be subject to the penalties established in section 6-55, violations and penalties of the Forsyth County Code.


  1. Constitutes abuse, abandonment, or cruelty as defined in chapter 6 of the Forsyth County Code; or
  2. Subjects the dog to injury by choking or strangling; or
  3. Causes neurotic or aggressive behavior; or
  4. Subjects the dog to harassment or insect bites so as to cause injury or death, or subjects the dog to attacks by people or other animals, or theft; or
  5. Fails to properly protect a female dog during its estrous period from unintentional breeding; or
  6. Deprives the dog of adequate food, shade, shelter, potable water or proper exercise; or
  7. Causes the tether to become entangled with other objects resulting in overturned food or water bowls; or
  8. Unduly restricts the dog's movement; or
  9. Results in the dog being confined in its own waste; or
  10. Exposes the dog to extreme temperatures for such duration as to cause injury or death.

Sec. 6-7. - Cruelty to animals.

(a)Unlawful conduct. It shall be unlawful for any person to abuse, molest, torture, torment, deprive of necessary sustenance, cruelly beat, mutilate or kill, wound, injure, poison, abandon or subject to conditions which cause physical pain, suffering, disability or death to any animal, or to cause or procure such action. The words "torture" and "torment" shall be held to include every act, omission or neglect whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or permitted; but such terms shall not be construed to prohibit the lawful shooting of birds, deer and other game for human food; nor to prohibit the animal control department or its agents or veterinarians from destroying dangerous, unwanted or injured animals in a humane manner.

 (b) Surgery. It shall be unlawful for any person other than a duly licensed veterinarian to perform invasive surgery upon a domestic animal.

(c) Rescue. Any animal control officer or law enforcement officer shall have the authority to rescue any animal that appears to be suffering from a serious medical emergency. The rescued animal shall be provided with immediate veterinary care if the officer deems such care to be necessary to prevent physical pain, suffering, disability or death to the animal. The animal's owner shall be responsible for all expenses incurred for the rescue and subsequent treatment of the animal.

To read the Forsyth County ordinances in their entirety, click HERE. See chapter 6 for the laws that relate to animals.

Related Community Resources

We are in the process of updating our resources page. To find assistance in the meantime for Veterinary care, pet food pantries, re-homing a pet, helping a stray animal, and more, please visit the following pages for lists of great resources to use in times of need:

AARF of Winston-Salem:

Humane Solution:

Additionally, you can reference this link for some helpful tips:

Animal-Related Community Resources 

To contact us: 

Sick or Injured vet bill requests - fill out Rico Request form on this page:

Spay/Neuter Requests - fill out the form on this page:

Other: non financial requests:

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