Actual footings are now into the ground for the foundation of the new Adoption Center.


 Go by Dodgetown Road (before Early College) and check out the progress!

About FOSS

May 7, 2018

Recent Stokes County Adoption Center News

Windows starting to go up in the Adoption Center! We still need your support to get this project finished! Please consider making a donation to FOSS. 

​Let's make 2019 the year this project is COMPLETED!!

​We need doors, windows, etc. You can make a donation via Paypal or mail a check to us at: FOSS, PO Box 1807, King, N.C. 27021. All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW ADOPTION CENTER DIRECTOR

April 28, 2018

We now have footing markers at our adoption center location on Dodgetown Road!

It may not look like a lot to people but this is a BIG DEAL for this project!

​We can REALLY use the public's support now so please consider making a donation to this adoption center. 

​Donations can be mailed or online via the Donate Button.

Friends of Stokes Shelter Inc. are in need of dedicated volunteers to help assist at the new Animal Adoption Center. Duties include kennel cleaning, dog walking, cat care, feeding, watering, caring for, and assisting with fundraising opportunities as well as other assigned duties.

Volunteer Opportunities


We now have A ROOF!! These photos were taken on December 6 and they were still putting shingles on. Good thing it has been finished before all this snow! Please consider making an end of the year donation to FOSS to help us finish the building.

​We need doors, windows, etc. You can make a donation via Paypal or mail a check to us at: FOSS, PO Box 1807, King, N.C. 27021. All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Friends of the Stokes Shelter would like to introduce Emily Burgess as our new adoption center Director! We are excited to have Emily on board with her many years of experience working with animals in Stokes County. Emily will officially be "on the job" Monday, January 27 at the facility (1111 Dodgetown Road, Walnut Cove, N.C.) so if you get a chance to stop by and say hello and especially if you would like to volunteer. We are looking forward to great things for the shelter animals in Stokes County!

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January 8th, 2019

The latest updates are AMAZING!!! Siding going up, dog runs painted!  We still need donations to help us get the adoption center finished!  


Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to FOSS.  P.O. Box 1807, King, NC 27021 or visit our website to make a donation. 

Please welcome Crystal Finney and Sarah Blackwell to the FOSS staff!!

These two ladies have been dedicated volunteers for many months and are on board to help us keep our center clean and our animals safe, healthy and happy!

A Better Future for Homeless Pets of Stokes County is OUR Mission.
The Friends of the Stokes Shelter Inc. has opened a New Animal Adoption Center in the center of Stokes County on Dodgetown Road.
The goal is to provide a “fur-ever” home for homeless pets
The non-profit organization completed the building in the Meadows community. The center says they raised $450,000 over six years from people in the community.
The goal is to provide a “fur-ever” home for homeless pets.
“It’s going to be able to help the animal control officers to be able to do their job at the center, while we actually take care of adopting animals,” said Dr. Deborah Cowan, Chairperson for The Friends of Stokes County. “We were having a real problem with a lot of euthanizations because we just didn’t have the money or the people to be able to adopt them out.”
Friends of the Stokes Shelter Inc. Opened the Adoption center on February 29, 2020.

History of Friends of Stokes Shelter 

DONATIONS NEEDED! We are in need of $3,000 to help us get our guillotine doors for the adoption center!  Please consider helping us by donating and sharing! 


Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to FOSS.  P.O. Box 1807, King, NC 27021 or visit our website to make a donation. 



August 17, 2018

The Friends of the Stokes Shelter broke ground for the new adoption center after raising half the funds needed to start building, according to the non-profit organization.

The property is located on Dodgetown Rd., just north of the old prison camp in the Meadows community.

The group is still working to raise another $200,000 and will rely on donations from Stokes County citizens. Donations are tax deductible and can be made through http://www.friendsofstokesshelter.com/.

Architect Perry Peterson is working on the project pro bono and Mike East, with East Landscaping, along with Randy Griffin are taking the next steps to make the center a reality.

“Members of FOSS want to thank everyone for this first step, but remind all the citizens that it will take their help to finish this project and keep it going for future generations,” said Dr. Debbie Cowan, a local veterinarian and leader in the Friends group.

Julie Ettenborrough, a colleague of Cowan’s for 18 years at the Animal Hospital of Walnut Cove, left a $10,000 posthumous donation in her will to benefit the adoption center.

We now have WALLS!! Next time you are down Dodgetown Road (just past Dollar General) check out our progress!

​Your donations have helped get us to this point but we need your continued support to finish the building!

​Our event "Wags and Whiskers" is NEXT SATURDAY, AUGUST 25. We would love to see you there! You can purchase tickets on our website

December 9, 2018

March 31, 2019

Photos from our 4th annual event! 

February 15, 2019

Friends Of The Stokes Shelter Inc.