©2019 by North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare

Who are we?

We are dedicated to support candidates who demonstrate an understanding and willingness to help eliminate cruelty to animals in North Carolina. Our objective is to advocate for common sense  animal welfare laws through education, legislation, and public policy. As animal issues are non-partisan, so is NCVAW. ​



NCVAW concentrates on state legislatures and agencies, but assists county and city voters to organize for improving local ordinances and will work to change laws in our home counties and cities. Most animal controversies occur in the states, not Washington, DC. 

At a time when there is an abundance of anger, acrimony and divisiveness in politics, insisting on the humane treatment of animals is an issue which can and should be our common ground and unifying rallying cry.

Why is animal legislation important?

     Animal laws protect animals.  If there are no laws, then there are no repercussions for animal abuse and exploitation.  Many laws on the books are vague and left up to interpretation.  Other laws are antiquated and do not reflect our changing relationships with animals.  Animal laws also raise awareness about animal issues in our state.


 North Carolina's animals and the people who care about them deserve to have a voice in government, and North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare is proud to be on the front lines helping to create humane laws that protect us all.


         Supporting NCVAW-endorsed candidates on Election Day is a powerful way to stand up for animals and make important, powerful changes to federal, state and local law. Through our political action committee — NCVAW — we support humane candidates in every way we can.

Humane laws are only possible because of humane lawmakers. As animal advocates and voters, we cannot relegate ourselves to the sidelines while the most vulnerable beings among us suffer.


Our Objectives

The specific objectives of NCVAW are:​

  1. Use contributions / resources to elect animal-friendly candidates, and to oppose anti-animal candidates when necessary​

  2. Encourage elected officials to put animal-friendly candidates on commissions and boards.​

  3.  Propose and promote animal-friendly legislation.​

  4. Oppose anti-animal legislation.​

  5. Educate appointed and elected officials about issues related to the treatment of animals.

  6.  Develop a pledge for candidates and commission appointees to sign asserting their commitment to animal-friendly policies and legislation.

  7. To create, empower, and activate a community of like-minded citizen advocates.​

  8. To foster communication and conversation among like-minded grassroots activists, clubs, and organizations.​

  9. To inform the electorate, media, and public about the voting records of appointed and elected officials.

  10. To promote the general welfare and treatment of animals by any other means deemed necessary by a majority vote of the S-PAC.