Want to help animals? Volunteer with cats, check out some bunnies

As a volunteer with Alley Cats and Angels, you can help kittens like Skitter find forever homes.
As a volunteer with Alley Cats and Angels, you can help kittens like Skitter find forever homes. Courtesy of Alley Cats and Angels

Alley Cats and Angels, a Triangle-based all-volunteer cat rescue group, needs volunteers to assist with weekend adoption events at PetSmart stores in Knightdale and Morrisville.

Adoption Assistant responsibilities include facilitating meetings with potential adopters; assisting with setting up and breaking down cages at events and cleaning the adoption center. Assistants can also train to lead adoptions, which includes reviewing applications and pre-adoption counseling.

For more info on volunteering, email

Pet loss support group

The SPCA of Wake County hosts a support group for grieving pet owners on the third Sunday of most months. The next scheduled meeting is 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.

The group is facilitated by Rob Gierka, a non-denominational chaplain (email: The support group is not intended to replace professional counseling services or physician recommendations, but it provides a space for talking with others who have the shared experience of the loss of a pet.

Meetings take place at the SPCA at 200 Petfinder Lane in Raleigh.

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Summer BunFest

The Triangle Rabbits group hosts its second BunFest Summer Celebration 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Animall inside Cary Town Center. You can view bunnies available for adoption, but also take a special mini-class about bunny diets, watch a treat-making demonstration and check out great toys for bunnies.

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Dog wash

RUFF, an all-volunteer, nonprofit rescue group based in Garner, has two upcoming charity dog washes – on Aug. 27 and Sept. 24.

The dog washes take place at Hudson’s Hardware in Clayton (77 Amelia Church Road), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

In addition to getting the dogs sparkly clean, they’ll also trim nails and clean ears. Costs range from $7 to $15. Proceeds benefit homeless dogs and cats.

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Read to cats

The SPCA of Wake County’s popular Cat Tales reading program for kids continues through August.

The program invites children in grades K-5 to the SPCA Adoption Center to read their favorite stories to shelter cats, so that they can develop confidence in their reading abilities in a fun and pressure-free environment. They can also take a tour of the Adoption Center, meet the animals and learn about responsible pet ownership.

[VIDEO: Kids read to cats at SPCA of Wake County]

Sessions are one hour long. The next scheduled sessions are on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 (12:30-1:30 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.). A parent or guardian must attend with their child. Sessions are limited to 10 participants, so register early to reserve space.

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Want your pet event listed?

If you have a pet-related event you’d like to see listed, email with all the details. Since our pet section typically only runs about once a month, please give as much advance notice as possible.