I lost my pet. What do I do?
All of the stray pets that are picked up by Forsyth County Animal Services or brought in by the public are listed on our stray hold page as soon as possible. View the page at https://forsythhumane.org/stray-hold . You will need to scroll down past all of the cats and kittens to get to the dogs. We encourage you to continue to check our stray hold, but also to share a picture of your missing pet with WXII’s pet page, create a listing on Pawboost, and post your missing pet on neighborhood Facebook sites. If you do see your pet on our stray hold, make sure you bring proof of ownership (pictures, vet records) to 5570 Sturmer Park Circle as soon as you can to reclaim. There will be a small reclaim fee for the price of the microchip and rabies vaccination, if necessary. See https://www.forsythhumane.org/lost-found for more ways to find your missing pet.
I found a pet. What do I do?
Every pet that doesn’t enter the shelter means space for another pet that must. Consider the safety of yourself and of your family members as you find a safe holding place for the pet away from your own while you look for the lost pet’s owner. Post the pet to Forsyth County Animal Services Lost & Found pet page and WXII 12’s Lost & Found pet page looking for the owner. Post on neighborhood Facebook sites. See https://www.forsythhumane.org/lost-found for more ways to get the word out about this lost pet. If you would like to give this pet the best chance to get adopted through FHS if not reclaimed, please consider fostering to surrender – ask an admissions coordinator for more information at 5570 Sturmer Park Circle.
I can no longer keep my pet. Can I bring it to FHS for adoption?
Please make every effort to rehome your animal on your home. The shelter is stressful for pets, and we must assess every animal for our adoption program based on their medical and behavioral assessment and space. We cannot guarantee placement in our adoption program. Please visit www.forsythhumane.org/surrender for details.
I’d like to adopt _____ on the FHS Stray Hold.
Ideally, an animal listed on our stray hold will be reclaimed by the pet’s owner. If not, we will assess the pet medically and behaviorally for our adoption program. If the pet is a specific breed, or mostly one breed, we will try to place the animal in a breed specific rescue in order to open up the kennel space to save another life and space on our busy spay/neuter schedule. If we are unable to do so, the pet you’re interested in may need a foster. Fostering is free and we provide all medical care and supplies. If you’d like to foster the pet, you may get “first dibs” to adopt as the foster. Learn more about fostering and complete the application at https://forsythhumane.org/foster If you provide your name and number, We can include it in the pet’s digital file so our foster team will know you’re interested if that time comes – Feel free to fill out the application and message us on Facebook that you’d like to foster the pet of interest if needed!
How do I make a donation?
A donation can be made by check or credit card through the mail (4881 Country Club, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, online (click here) by credit card or by phone (336-721-1303). If giving by credit card via postal mail, please be sure and include your 16 digit credit card number, 4 digit expiration date, name on the card and amount of donation.
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How do I start volunteering?
You must be 12 years old to volunteer at FHS with a parent or guardian. Start by attending orientation! Sign up on our volunteer page at https://forsythhumane.org/volunteer . You can also volunteer at home by making some at home projects. See instructions for items we need at https://www.forsythhumane.org/at-home-projects
How do I qualify for spay and/or neuter assistance?
In order to qualify for free spay/neuter assistance you must reside in Forsyth County and demonstrate proof of low income. To complete an application visit https://forsythhumane.org/spayneuter
Why don’t you have puppies, kittens, or small dogs available for adoption?
Since becoming contracted partners with Forsyth County, we have greatly increased our animal intake. We have identified transports to placement partners outside of Forsyth County to play a critical role in increasing the save rate of our shelter dogs and cats. We do allow our fosters to have priority if they would like to join our growing group of “foster fails”. If you are looking for a small dog, puppy, or kitten, check our adoptable pet page often, and sign up to foster.
My pet is sick or injured. Can I bring it to you?
We cannot treat or examine owned pets at our adoption center. If you are a low income Forsyth County resident seeking financial assistance for a sick or injured pet that you are or will be responsible for, try The Sergei Foundation, sergeifoundation.org.
Do I need to license my pets with the county?
Forsyth County does require both dogs and cats to be licensed. For more information, please contact Forsyth County Animal Services at: (336) 703-2480, option 2.
How do I become a foster parent?
We are always in need of fosters. To learn more or to complete an application online visit https://forsythhumane.org/foster
How long do animals stay up for adoption?
There is no time limit for how long an animal will stay at FHS.
How can I make a donation in memory of or in honor of a person or pet?
Memorial/Honorarium contributions can be made in person, by mail, over the phone or online. We will need your name, the person or pet’s name and the name/address of the person to whom you would like us to send an acknowledgement. To make an online donation, please click here.H
Who should I contact to report animal abuse?
For abuse and neglect issues such as tethering or if an animal is found in immediate danger, please contact the Forsyth County Animal Services at 336-703-2480, option 1.
Does FHS provide educational opportunities for the community?
Yes, if interested, please call Beryl Parks at (336) 546-1415, and she will schedule someone to visit your school, daycare, place of worship, civic group or neighborhood association. We have programs from 15 minutes to one hour in length. We do not charge a fee for these presentations, however, donations (cash or wish list items) are appreciated.
How long has the Humane Society been in Winston-Salem?
The Forsyth Humane Society was founded in 1941 and is the oldest animal welfare organization in our county.