History of Unchain Cumberland County

“Unchain Cumberland County” was founded in 2008 with one mission: An anti-tethering ordinance for Cumberland County. On February 2, 2009, Cumberland County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to “unchain” our county. Our ordinance, which allows no tethering whatsoever, is the best in the state. 

UCC has built many, many fences for families with chained dogs; we have bought fencing materials for many others, and we will continue to do that, but fences are just a charitable gift from UCC, never a part of our mission. The “unchain” was always about the ordinance, not the fences.

With our first mission accomplished, we moved on to “The Big Fix”, which is subsidized spay and neuter. Our mission then was to reduce the number of shelter deaths by half in the next five years by offering spay and neuter to all, regardless of ability to pay. Since December 2009, we have subsidized more than five hundred spay and neuter surgeries.

In August 2010, UCC was approved for shopping privileges at Second Harvest Food Bank. We now offer food to the entire family, not just the pets.

We MUST stop the breeding of unwanted dogs and cats. SPAY AND NEUTER!!

The success of our mission depends on you, our volunteers, and the support of our communities. Without you and that support, we cannot continue helping the many pets and families in crisis. We are all volunteers; you, me, all of us who help the animals. However, the people we do business with are not volunteers. They are Animal Control, Cumberland County, Gray’s Creek Animal Hospital, Affordable Animal Care, local businesses, and the dreaded IRS. They hold UCC accountable for all things. We are a tax-exempt organization, and accurate records must be kept for all activities, especially donations, monetary and otherwise, if we are to keep our non-profit status.

Note: We are not rescue. We do not foster, except in emergencies. Our objective is to help families keep their pets.

Our Mission

We will stop the killing of adoptable animals at our shelter by making spay & neuter, vaccinations, and basic veterinary care affordable, and available to every pet owner.

 "Our policy is goodwill - No exceptions!" 

Call Us: (910) 223-2588

(910) 425-0967

We Rescue The Whole Family!

Order your Pet Food at Chewy.com and Unchain Cumberland County will get a $20 donation!

Contact Us


Shelby Townsend

Unchain Cumberland County

2674 George Owen Road

Fayetteville, NC 28306

(910) 425-0967

(910) 223-2588


UCC - The Big Fix”

We rescue the whole family!

Mission Statement – We will stop the killing of adoptable animals at our shelter by making spay & neuter, vaccinations, and basic veterinary care affordable and available to every pet owner. 

Spay or Neuter Price List

Dog - male or female - up to 75 lbs. $90.00
75 lbs+ - $170.00

Female cat - $75.00
Male cat - $35.00

Rabies vaccination - $15 (with spay or neuter)

Microchip - $25.00 at time of surgery

Applications – Every Wednesday, 10 AM – 2 PM

Ask your church, business, civic group, school to do a fund raiser or pet food drive for us. Donate doghouses - Volunteer!

If you wish to breed your dog or cat in Cumberland County, a "BAT" permit is required. Call Animal Control for more information. 910-321-6852

Unchain – It’s the Law!

“Big Fix Outreach”
Free pet food and food pantry items available

to families in crisis

2674 George Owen Rd / Fayetteville, NC 28306

Wednesdays, 10 AM – 2 PM

Note: No mail service at office.

Combined Federal Campaign - Unchain Cumberland County # 52395 

Mailing address for tax deductible donations:

UCC - The Big Fix
 P.O Box 474
Hope Mills, NC 28348

910-223-2588 or 910-425-0967


We are a 501(c)(3) organization.