SPCA Wake COVID-19 Updates

April 1, 2020 (updated at 11:00 am EST)

The situation with Coronavirus/COVID-19 in our community is evolving rapidly. SPCA Wake is working to manage potential risks posed by COVID-19 to volunteers, staff, and the community. We are following guidance and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The decisions outlined here were made with great care and thoughtful consideration of the many potential ramifications.

As we determine our immediate actions, our highest priorities are to:
1. Protect the health of our staff and volunteers
2. Ensure the health and well-being of the pets in our care
3. Help reduce the community spread of COVID-19

On March 26th, Wake County officials announced an Emergency Restrictions proclamation; a “stay at home order” asking residents to remain at home as much as possible to curb the coronavirus pandemic. In order to discourage community members from leaving their homes unnecessarily, adoptions by appointment are currently suspended. Our Adoption Team will continue to accept adoption surveys, and speak (via phone) to potential adopters. Pets can still be placed on hold until we resume adoptions by appointment.

In alignment with the proclaimation, the SPCA of Wake County will closed to the public through at least April 29. Please know that our staff team stands ready to provide the top-level care the pets in our shelter receive on a daily basis. 

This spring the SPCA had to make the hard decision to reroute two large fundraising events. One of which typically raises over $250,000 for the pets and people in our community. The financial loss of these events is a serious blow to our programs and services, which is why now more than ever, our community’s support is needed. We are so grateful for your support. As SPCA Wake continues to be here for the animals, we need your help.

We have seen an outpouring of offers for fostering pets. THANK YOU! At this point, we do not currently need additional short-term fosters during the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re doing by-appointment adoptions so most pets will remain at the SPCA until adopted. If you would like to foster beyond the next few weeks, please complete the application on our foster page. Please check back for updates in case anything changes.


Please keep posted here to stay on top of all SPCA Wake COVID-19 updates, and thank you for your understanding and support while we work to ensure the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, the public – and the pets in our care.