Local Resources for Pets and Their People

Over the past five years, we’ve grown to call the Surf City area and adjoining regions our “home.” And we want you and your pet family to be just as happy and comfortable in this paradise. We know that it can be difficult for new pet parents, vacationers, and relocators to find reliable services and businesses that cater to our pets. Between being pet parents ourselves and wanting to help our clients as much as possible, we’ve learned where you can go for reliable, friendly, and overall excellent service in our area. And we’re thrilled to be able to share these resources with you.

So, we’ve put together our recommendations for dog parks, beaches, veterinarians, groomers, pet supply stores, trainers, rescues, end of life services, even pet-friendly apartments.

And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please contact us, we’re always happy to help!

Veterinary Services

Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital
324 US U.S. 17 N, Holly Ridge, NC 28445 910-803-2190

Topsail Animal Hospital
16350 US-17, Hampstead, NC 28443  910-270-4401

Surf City Pet Hospital
13775 NC-50 #503, Surf City, NC 28445  910-329-4700

Atlantic Animal Hospital
1808 Sir Tyler Dr, Wilmington, NC 28405 910-256-2624
Open Saturday and Sunday

Wellspring Holistic Veterinary Care
3150 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-231-9089
Holistic | Open Saturdays

Animal Emergency and Trauma
50 Greenville Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-7387
24/7 Vet Emergency


Pups Play and Stay
10354 US-17, Wilmington, NC 28411  910-524-7877

Doggy Style of Hampstead
14820 US -17, Hampstead NC 28443  910-821-1600

Nicole’s Mobile Pet Care – nail trims at your home


Purrfect Pooches Dog Training
537 Old Folkstone Rd, Holly Ridge, NC 28445   910-777-9968
Obedience | Agility | Service | Therapy | Classes

Pet Food and Supplies

Ace Hardware Hampstead
15597 US-17, Hampstead, NC 28443 910-270-3237

Pet Mart Sneads Ferry
1056 NC-210, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460   910-327-2342

Sugar Island Bakery
206 N Topsail Dr, Surf City, NC 28445   910-254-1110

Unleashed of Wilmington
1319 Military Cutoff Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405  910-256-2128


Surf City Bark Park
Behind Surf City Community Center Dr, Holly Ridge, NC 28445 910-328-4887

Abbey Nature Preserve at Poplar Grove
10200 US-17, Wilmington, NC 28411
Several miles of wooded walking trails

Soundside Park
517 Roland Ave, Surf City, NC 28445
Small park with plenty of greenspace

Main Beaches
Surf City’s beaches are dog-friendly. All dogs must be leashed by law.

Topsail Beach
Off-leash from October 1 through May 14 (Off-season).

Stump Sound Park
1771 NC-172, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
Spacious green walking areas with a short wooded nature trail.

Pet Rescue

Monty’s Home
PO Box 821Burgaw, NC 28425  910-259-7911
Monty’s Home has an incredible program which partners dogs in need of homes with specially selected incarcerated individuals who have been trained to teach dog obedience skills.

Pender County Animal Shelter
3280 New Savannah Rd, Burgaw, NC 28425  910-259-1484
Pender County Animal Shelter is our county’s public shelter. Plenty of adoptable dogs and cats!

Pender County Humane Society
1407 NC-53, Burgaw, NC 28425  910-259-7022
No-kill shelter. Unwanted animals may be housed for years up to the life of the animal. Please consider a visit!

End of Life

Pets at Peace

Rainbow Bridge Journey
Counseling for grieving pet parents and family members.

Pet Friendly Living

Hampstead Place Apartments
101 Leeward Ln, Hampstead, NC 28443   910-270-5383
Hampstead Place Apartments has a wonderful park-like area behind the buildings complete with a fenced dog park and doggy waste bag stations.

Telepathic Animal Communication

Tera Thomas of Hummingbird Farms
Distance Consultations by telephone appointment  919-742-5929 https://www.hummingbirdfarm.org/Sanctuary/Consultations.html
We have had successful communication and resolution of problems with our pups and highly recommend Tara’s services.