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 middle 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. They raised $450,000 over six years from people in the community.

“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, former Chairperson for The Friends of the Stokes Shelter. “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.

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A LITTLE ABOUT THE SHELTER

Click here to learn about FOSS's history

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Mike Barsness - Chair 

Diane Coffill - Vice Chair

Tory Mabe - Treasurer 

Dr. Deborah Cowan - Vet of Record 

Fran Hollis - Facilities Chair 

Wendi Spraker - Fundraising Chair 

Sally Elliott - Communications Chair 

Kate Waterman 

Layne Meredith 



Donating to FOSS means that we are able to continue to save homeless pets in Stokes County 

FOSS Staff 

We have lots of adoptable animals!  Click here to learn about our adoption process

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Board Members


Emily Burgess - Animal Operations Manager 

Tonya Palmer - Kennel Assistant 

Bethany Woods - Kennel Assistant