Welcome to Outer Banks SPCA!

  Outer Banks SPCA
Our Mission Statement:
Dare County Animal Services, operated by the Outer Banks SPCA,  provides professional and progressive animal welfare assistance to our residents. Our focus is on providing quality care, rescue, reunification, and rehabilitation to all stray, homeless, and abandoned animals in Dare County. We maintain extraordinary standards and achieve exceptional results, making our organization a well respected resource for responsible pet adoption, ownership, education, and retention on the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks SPCA is an open-admission animal shelter dedicated to caring for all the lost and homeless animals of Dare County. As such, we take in approximately 2,000 dogs and cats each year. We never turn away a Dare County fur resident, whether they be sick, injured, aggressive or behavior challenged. We receive owner give ups, lost, stolen or stray, but we never turn away.

We believe it is not the animals fault for being at the shelter. We want every healthy, treatable and manageable animal to get a second chance at love. We are dedicated and determined to saving every life we can through responsible animal care practices. We strive to maintain good health and a sound temperament in all our animals.  We practice humane education and employ proactive adoption programs to decrease our animals length of stay and optimize space.

The Outer Banks SPCA’s goal is to save the lives of all healthy, treatable and manageable dogs and cats in our community. Our organization offers multiple levels of spay and neuter assistance to our community.  We strive to educate, not to eliminate, all of our potential adopters and implement progressive animal adoption programs in our ongoing effort to save more lives.  

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The Outer Banks SPCA is governed by a Board consisting of the following dedicated members.


Ruth Ann Geer-Lloyd, President

Margaret Cunzio, Vice President

Jay Taylor, Secretary 

Penny Ingram, Member

Martin Patt, Member

David Rhodes, Member

Karen Brown, Member

Nancy Brightbill Pitcher, Member





There's a huge commitment involved in owning a pet; they need food and water, medical care and lots of attention. Unfortunately, with all of these responsibilities, many people find that they are in over their heads. The result is a large number of unwanted pets. That's where the Outer Banks SPCA comes in. We do what we do because over 4,000 animals in Dare County need us each year! Outer Banks SPCA strives to take care of animals and to be proactive and offer programs to prevent problems before they occur. For example, Dare County’s Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (POPCORN) helps reduce the unwanted pet population through the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.