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Community Resources

The SPCA of Wake County celebrates the human-animal bond and has made a commitment to help pets stay in their homes and out of the shelter system. As a part of that effort, we offer a few resources to help pet owners.


Pet Behavior Problems – Try This First

Most pet behavior problems can be addressed with simple, humane intervention that emphasizes relationship building and the human-animal bond.

Pet behavior problems are one of the main reasons pets are relinquished to shelters. We have compiled a library of pet behavior articles we can share with you if a behavioral issue has arisen with your pet — whether you adopted him or her from our program or not! You might be surprised to learn that some behavior issues can be solved by you in your own home! It just takes some time and patience. If you are experiencing behavior problems with your pet, we encourage you to look through the library (see below). You may find an article that gives you the tools to work through the issue at home, allowing you to keep both your pet and your sanity! If you’re having trouble determining if an article may be helpful, please call us at 919-772-2326. We’re here to help!


Getting Professional Help

Of course, some behaviors are more complicated and it may be best to consult a professional.

Most pet behavior problems can be addressed with simple, humane intervention that emphasizes relationship building and the human-animal bond. Force-free pet training doesn’t rely on pain, fear, or physical coercion to cause learning. Therefore, pets and people can have a fun with a low-stress experience, working together to build joyful, trusting friendships.

We recommend finding a professional who uses these methods. The Force Free Academy for Canine Trainers helps maintain a database of pet trainers and behavior consultants willing to help SPCA Wake adopters at special discounted rates. If you didn’t adopt from us, never fear! They can help you, too. Click here to find trainers in your area.

*The SPCA collects no membership fees or referral fees from the members of our Pet Behavior Network nor do we receive any portion of the fees paid to them by SPCA adopters. Each animal, situation and training environment involves multiple variables and therefore the SPCA does not guarantee any result through the use of the listed behavior service providers.


Not a Behavior Problem? – Other Resources

Behavior problems aren’t the only reasons pets are surrendered to shelters. We offer a Pet Retention Tools packet filled with information about pet-friendly housing, veterinary care assistance, and other pet retention tools. We hope the information will help pet owners keep the pets they already have.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, leaving a pet in his current home isn’t an option. In that case, the best option is for the pet’s owner to take a “do-it-yourself” approach and rehome the pet without him entering the shelter system. The Do-It-Yourself Rehoming packet has tips and tricks for finding your pet a new home.


Informational Packets

Pet Retention Tools

Do-It-Yourself Rehoming Tips



Behavior Resource Library


Dog Articles
 Barking  Dog Fights in the Home  Puppy Play Biting
 Chewing  Impulse Control – Learn to Relax  Reactive Dogs
 Desensitization  Dog to Dog Introductions  Resource Guarding
 Crate Training  Dog to New Baby Introductions  Separation Distress
 Digging  Dog to Cat Introductions  Socialization vs. Acclimation
 Early Socialization  Jumping  Body Sensitivity
 Fearful  Leash Reactivity  Fearful Pet Desensitization
 Fear Periods  Teaching “Leave It”  Rule of Sevens
 Undersocialized and Fearful Dog
 Cat Articles
 Declawing  Cat to Dog Introductions  Cat to Cat Introductions
 Litter Box Troubles