Advocates For Animal Welfare ...

We are a non-profit animal rescue group serving Western NC: we work in conjunction with local shelters and other rescue organizations.

Our Mission: Advocates for Animal Welfare

Our Vision Statement: To reduce the number of unwanted pets, as well as the incidence of animal abuse and neglect.

Our Primary Goals:

  • To decrease euthanasia by increasing pet adoptions
  • To reduce numbers of unwanted animals by sponsoring spay/neuter inititatives
  • To educate the general public about responsible pet care
  • To recruit, enroll and train volunteers for these efforts
  • To work together with the County government, and existing animal organizations, to meet the above goals

It Takes a Village ... to Save a Life

Thanks to individuals, businesses and organizations in our community, TAAG has received the funds we needed this year to assist families with spay/neuter, to run our adoption program, and to educate the public about caring for their family pets. We have placed 207 animals in loving homes since this time last year.

Last summer, a concert was held at The Cabins at Seven Foxes in Lake Toxaway and raised almost $6000 which was shared with Friends for Life Forever Farm.; Burlingame Country Club in Sapphire held a Barkminster Festival and sent us $265; Diane Samsel donated half of the fees from her Animal Communication class; patrons of Pure Pets in Brevard donated pet food for those in need; and Bi-Lo BonusCards also generated income.

If you don't have money to donate, the best thing you can do to help us overcome the crisis of pet overpopulation is spay or neuter your pet, to assist the volunteers in our community who give so much of their personal time and financial resources to save unwanted animals.

Would you like to download a copy of our
Winter 2013/2014 Newsletter?


Five Reasons to Adopt an Older Cat or Dog

Older dogs and cats are the last to be adopted from a shelter and the first to be euthanized. However, an older pet is often a better choice for families with less free time or for an elderly person with less mobility.

Here are 5 Reasons to adopt an older animal:

1. What you see is what you get - you will know your pet's size, temperament and grooming requirements and you should have no surprises!

2. Easy to train - you CAN teach an old dog new tricks; older pets are more focused on you, are way calmer and won't have you running ragged.

3. They are not a 24-7 job - grownup animals don't require constant monitoring and attention from you (they sleep a lot!)

4. Fewer messes - older dogs are either already housetrained or easy to train compared to puppies, and have their adult teeth, so they won't be teething on your furniture and expensive shoes.

5. You won't bite off more than you can chew - a young animal can be a 10 to 20 year responsibility, which may not be appropriate for a very elderly person or someone with unsure future plans. Providing a home for a pet in its Golden Years is still a serious commitment, but it is likely to be a shorter one.

Search for animals by age or breed at and consider adopting an adult or senior animal. After all, a kitten or puppy is only cute and small for the first 4-6 months of its life anyway!


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