Mission & Results

Mission statement

Old North Canine Rescue (ONCR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer organization comprised of people who believe the world is simply a better place with dogs in it! Serving Alamance and other surrounding counties, we are dedicated to reducing the number of dogs in county shelters by providing the foster and adoption services of shelter pets and networking shelter dogs. We are dedicated to reducing the number of owner surrenders to the shelter through our Pet Helpline program, education about heartworm disease and prevention, referrals to community resources, and behavioral training and assistance for owners who are considering surrendering their pet, and matching people and pets through our Canine Connection program.


ONCR was formed in the Summer of 2015 by Angela Wacker. She had volunteered & fostered with rescues in the Piedmont area and had volunteered at the Burlington Animal Services shelter. Overwhelmed by the sheer number of dogs in the shelter, which includes owner surrenders and strays, litters of puppies as well as seniors and heartworm positive dogs, Angela decided that a dog rescue dedicated to increasing the number of live releases from the shelter would be a great asset to the dogs and community. ONCR was incorporated September 2015, received 501c3 nonprofit status January 2016, and is governed by a Board of Directors. Since its inception, ONCR has expanded to serve shelters throughout North Carolina as well. Feel free to share the information flyer!    

In July 2017 ONCR’s newest program, Northbound Dogs, began. Through a series of interviews with the Director, the Founder and the Coordinator of Transport, Angela realized that Old North had found a rescue that was as dedicated to saving the lives of dogs in the South as we were. Thus began a partnership with Operation Paws for Homes. Due to the low number of homeless dogs in the North, pulling dogs from Southern shelters and transporting them up North for adoption became ONCR’s newest life saving mission!   

In November 2017, founder and original Director, Angela Wacker, resigned as Director of ONCR and from the Board of Directors. Felicia Spadini took over as Director of the rescue.


lives saved


2015 (September – December report)

*Save Rate = (Intake – Euthanasia Outcomes) divided by Intake

13-0/13= .1 or 100%

  • 12 dogs adopted
    • 5 adults (average length of stay: 55 days)
    • 7 puppies (average length of stay: 32 days)
  • 1 dog died in care
    • 4 week old puppy from parasite overload ( RIP Vadar)

2016 (January – December – report)

*Save Rate = (Intake – Euthanasia Outcomes) divided by Intake

104-0/104= .1 or 100%

  • 96 dogs adopted
    • 29 adults (average length of stay: 58 days)
    • 57 puppies (average length of stay: 53 days)
  • 8 dogs died in care
    • 1 adult:  RIP Roxy – parasite overload/overbreeding
    • 7 puppies:
      • 5 under 1 week of age  – distemper/parvo
      • 1 aged 16 weeks RIP Luther – cardiac issues related to distemper/parvo
      • 1 under 1 week of age – stepped on by mom after birth

2017 (January – September 2017 Report)

  • 35 dogs rescued (September 2017)

Shelter Animals Count | The National Database Project




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