2020 Donation Recipients

We are pleased to announce our two donation recipients for 2020 - Tilted Acres Rescue and Adoption and Alley Cats and Angels. Our nomination committee received very thoughtful letters nominating 501(c)3 non-profits in North Carolina this year and our members voted for these two wonderful organizations. Thank you to all who sent nomination letters and voted. 

Each organization received a $500 donation.

Tilted Acres Rescue and Adoption

Tilted Acres Rescue and Adoption is a non-profit, no-kill, foster based rescue serving Hoke and Cumberland Counties. Their goal is to rescue homeless and abandoned animals…one by one…until there are none.


Alley Cats and Angels

Alley Cats and Angels is a volunteer foster home based cat rescue dedicated to improving the lives of the stray, abandoned, and feral cats, as well as
the overall reduction of homeless cats in the Triangle through their adoption, barn cat, and spay/neuter assistance programs.



2019 Donation Recipients

We are pleased to announce our two donation recipients for 2019 - Operation Catnip and Pandora's Paws. Our nomination committee received very thoughtful letters nominating 501(c)3 non-profits in North Carolina this year. Thank you to all who sent letters recommending these wonderful organizations. 

Operation Catnip

Operation Catnip is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the Raleigh area. Operation Catnip provides free spay/neuter and vaccination services for stray animals as part of a Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return program. Operation Catnip's mission is to humanely control the unowned, free-roaming cat population by sterilizing as many stray cats as possible. The act of vaccinating these cats also decreases the chance of spreading disease to other animals and humans. Each month Operation Catnip spays and neuters 40-75 kittens and cats that community colony managers bring in. Operation Catnip's volunteers include veterinarians, RVT's, veterinary assistants, CVM students, and the general public - each volunteer has a pivotal role in ensuring the day runs smoothly. Operation Catnip relies on donations and grants to cover expenses such as vaccines, surgery materials and preparation, medications, and clinic space rental fees. Operation Catnip also participates in many community events and frequently engage in public education about the importance of sterilization in feral colonies. 

Visit www.ocraleigh.org to learn more and to explore volunteer opportunities.

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Pandora's Paws

Pandora's Paws is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer based organization founded by Misty Hinshaw in Randleman, NC. Pandora's Paws rescues animals from shelters who require medical attention or are at risk of euthanasia due to shelter overpopulation. Pandora's Paws frequently organizes transportation and raises funds for animals who need to move from one rescue to another and for vet care. Pandora's Paws also takes in animals from situations where the owners are no longer able to care for the animals.  Pandora's Paws holds many adoption events and focuses on finding quality homes for animals in need. 

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2018 Donation Recipient 

We are pleased to announce the recipient of our annual non-profit donation goes to The Friends of Wake County Animal Center (FWCAC) for 2018. They are a group of volunteers that are dedicated to improving the quality of life for animals in the Wake County community. 

They provide access to vital medical care, boarding, and placement for shelter animals in need, thereby improving their health and reducing euthanasia rates at the Wake County shelter center.  



2017 Donation Recipients 

The nomination committee received many nomination letters on great organizations. They truly enjoyed learning about each and every one. While the decision was extremely difficult the two finalists were CCCC Cougar Pets and Shining Hope Farms. Below are the nomination letters the NCAVT received as well as additional information about each one. 

Thank you to all who sent letters!. 

CCCC Cougar Pets

December 22, 2017

Cougar Pets is a non-profit organization at Central Carolina Community College’s Veterinary Medical Technology Program that partners with local shelters and organizations to provide permanent housing for shelter animals in an academic environment. Some of these animals are ones that may not be adopted otherwise. All of the animals are available for adoption and are typically adopted by our students, instructors, and employees of the college. They receive lots of love through our enrichment program that our students facilitate in addition to the care they need to be happy, healthy pets.

A donation from NCAVT will provide these animals with food, preventative care, and routine medical procedures (such as spays and neuters) so they can be ready for their forever homes. The Animal Facility Managers, Megan Kelly, RVT and Dr. Jessica Holt, would be ecstatic to receive this donation. They do an amazing job with the animals and would love nothing more than to be able to give the animals the care they need, as well as maybe a few extra toys!

Thank you for your consideration. This is a truly wonderful act!


Cherrokie Taylor, RVT Instructor

Shining Hope Farms

December 22, 2017


Shining Hope Farms is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy.


We do a ton of work for this facility and I am always so impressed with the children and the horses. They have therapy rooms and therapist working there with the kids and adults then get them on the horses and their faces light up. 


They take such good care of their animals, nothing is ever skipped on and I would love to see this award go to them because this is their lives, not just a job. 


Julie Coats, RVT


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