Membership Criteria

Membership consists of professionals affiliated with public and incorporated private non-profit animal welfare organizations and law enforcement agencies within the state of North Carolina. Membership is open to non-profit 501(c)(3) shelters and rescues, municipal animal welfare agencies, spay/neuter organizations (exclusive of for-profit veterinary clinics), and law enforcement agencies. The membership is an annual general membership with a standard fee established by the NCAF Board. All memberships are subject to the review and discretion of the NCAF Membership Committee.

Membership Process/Selection

A membership application must be completed and submitted online.
(see form below)

Membership Benefits

Individual, Tier 1 Agency, Tier 2 Agency, and Partner members receive:


  • Access to Justice ClearingHouse live webinars and on demand training courses
  • Reduced fees for NCAF events and training
  • Opportunity to engage in bi-monthly membership meetings
  • NCAF communications and alerts from a centralized source
  • Discounted registration at Carolinas Unite conference
  • Networking opportunities with other animal welfare professionals
  • Legislative advocacy in the state General Assembly
  • Strategic collaboration to share and learn current trends in animal welfare
  • Access to potential statewide transfer partners (program under construction)

Membership Meetings

*all times 11am-12:30pm

April 3Forsyth Humane Society
Speaker: Mark Neff, President and CEO
Topic: The Detriment of Division: When Animal Welfare Organizations Attack Each Other

June 5Wake County Commons Building
4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610, Room 100A
Speaker: Dr. Patricia Norris, Director Animal Welfare Section, Veterinary Division, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Topic: Common Violations and Concerns that NCDA&CS Finds in Shelters

August 28Humane Society of Charlotte, 9am-4pm
Speaker: Dave Pauli, Humane Society of the United States
Topic: Responding to Urban Wildlife calls

October 3Sapphire Valley Community Center/Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society
Speaker: TBD
Topic: NC Wildlife Resources Commission Bear Wise

December 5Southport Community Building
Speaker: TBD
Topic: Bald Head Island Conservancy presentation on seat turtles, alligators and sea birds

Membership Levels

Individual – One person $50


State Agency and Partner Organizations

  • Shelters and rescues with a brick-and-mortar facility regulated by the Department of Agriculture and have a license issued by the Department of Agriculture *OR* a law enforcement agency or animal control agency that falls under the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department and is responsible for enforcement.
  • Foster based organizations that do not have a brick-and-mortar location and do not have a license issued by the Department of Agriculture.

Tier 1

1-50 employees when staffed at full capacity. $135
All employees of the organization can take advantage of membership benefits.

Tier 2

51+ employees when staffed at full capacity. $175
All employees of the organization can take advantage of membership benefits.

NOTE: Organizations will identify up to five members who will represent the organization to receive and share member communications and who will have access to Justice Clearinghouse webinars and on-demand education.

This level also includes members from national organizations that have more than one person residing in the state.

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North Carolina Animal Federation
[email protected]

PO Box 4042
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

501c(3) Nonprofit Organization
Our ID is 56-0768375

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