LPAH's Mantra:

"Making a difference in the lives of unwanted and at-risk animals throughout Lee County, North Carolina, one pet at a time."

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Mary Ashburn
P.O. Box 765,
Sanford, North Carolina 27331

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Our Story:

While driving to work one morning in November 2012, I noticed a young lady pulled over on an exit ramp, tossing something out her window. I then spotted a large white dog. I pulled over to see if I could help, having some chicken handy for my lunch that day. We kept this boy from getting into the road until the Animal Control officer arrived. He was loaded up and taken to the Lee County Animal Shelter. I monitored his activity to see if anyone would adopt or rescue him. After about a week and a half, a rescue came through. Word was our big white dog being an intact male, had another intact male and in-heat female to go past him and he snapped at the male. The rescue denied him, saying he had to be “bomb proof.” Two days later, I went to the shelter and adopted him, as I would not let him die. His name is now Luke and that young lady, Kelly, helped to save his life. Luke was the start of a journey that went from transporting animals for other rescues to the creation of the nonprofit organization, Lending Paws A Hand.

"Van Gogh"—Rest in peace.

Early in 2013, while helping to transport dogs for rescues and very interested in the plight of Lee County animals, I noticed a dog on the shelter site that I wanted to see rescued. His name was Van Gogh, and he tugged at my heart. I was not yet set up in rescue and only had a few contacts in rescue whom I had helped to get their dogs safely to the next transport person. Early one morning, I saw that the shelter was beyond capacity and they could not keep all the dogs there. I begged someone to help me and got the answer I was waiting for—”Go get him now!” I bolted out the door and drove as fast as possible only to get to the shelter and he had just been put to sleep. I cried like a baby, as did those who said, "Go get him!" Van Gogh was definitely the reason I took on a much different role in rescue. That day was the moment I knew I needed to learn more and do more.

Who We Are:

Lending Paws A Hand, Inc. (LPAH) is a recognized 501(c)(3) volunteer-ran, non-profit organization that seeks to save the lives of unwanted, at-risk animals in need throughout Lee County, North Carolina.

What We Do:
  • Provide a safe haven for unwanted and unclaimed animals of Lee County and surrounding areas until a proper, loving home can be found. We ensure all of these dogs or cats have been veterinarian examined, have all testing and vaccinations, and spay/neuter provided.
  • Provide assistance with veterinary care and expenses to give financially struggling pet guardians an alternative to pet surrender.
  • Educate about the importance of spaying and neutering and proper and necessary veterinary care.
  • Assist pet owners with missing pets by networking immediately to assist to help locate their pet(s).

Why You Should Help:
LPAH exists because animals deserve love, care, support, and a safe, comfortable existence. When you help to support LPAH, you are helping to give homes to many loving pets that enrich the lives of their owners through their unconditional love and companionship.

How You Can Help:
Volunteers are always needed to help with transporting animals. Adoption and foster care helps give these unwanted and at-risk animals a permanent/temporary loving environment. As always, your donation is certainly appreciated!

LPAH Adopt a Pet™ Link
Lee County, NC Animal Services Link
NC Animal Welfare Act Link
LPAH Foster Agreement Form
LPAH Foster Application Form
LPAH Adoption Application Form

Low-cost spay and neuter links:
Companion Animal Clinic Link
SPCA of Wake County Link

Thank you, and please show your support for shelter animals today!

Mary Ashburn

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