Thank you for visiting. We are excited to show you, how with your help, we can improve the lives of many dogs around NC! 

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Adoption First is an all volunteer run organization and we are only able to stay in business with the help of donations! Join now to become an annual member! Annual Members will receive a small gift and a weekly email with updates and pictures of how you are helping! 

About Us

Our history

Founder Staci Ventura and her husband Eric Crespo began to develop the idea of Adoption First Animal Rescue in 2011 while working for a rescue in the San Diego, CA area. When Eric was stationed in North Carolina the two realized how much help the rural areas needed and decided to pursue the idea of Adoption First! The Rescue officially started on October 1, 2013 and received its 501c3 status as an official non profit organization in 2014. Since then the rescue has developed a great team of volunteers and established a board of directors who run the day to day operations. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with donors, volunteers, county shelters, community businesses, and individuals to lower the euthanasia rate. 

Contact Us

Reach out to us!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

Adoption First Animal Rescue

100 Fall Creek Dr Unit D, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540, United States


Wednesday/Thursday 3:00-7:00PM 

Sunday: 11:00AM- 3:00PM 

Application Downloads

Adoption Application (docx)


Foster Application (docx)


Volunteer Application (docx)