Independent Animal Rescue’s mission is to rescue and care for cats and dogs in need through adoption, spay/neuter, and community education.


20th Annual Painted Chair Auction for the Animals

Join us Sept. 1-15 for IAR’s 20th Annual Painted Chair Auction for the Animals!

Don’t let the name fool you: IAR’s Painted Chair Auction (PCA) is an annual fundraising event that offers a variety of unique items in addition to beautifully hand-painted furniture! This beloved tradition, now in its 20th year, will feature a Silent Auction that will culminate in a Live Auction event, both of which will again be held virtually. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend an in-person Sip & Shop item preview in advance of the PCA’s kick-off. We hope you will join us for the all of the PCA  fun and excitement this year as we seek to raise $40,000 for animals in need!

IAR’s 20th Annual Painted Chair Auction

TBD – Sip & Shop Item Preview

Sept. 1, 11 a.m. – Online Silent Auction bidding opens

Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. – Silent Auction bidding closes;  Virtual Live Auction Event featuring a Raffle, Games, & Donation Paddle Raise begins!

To raise $40,000 in support of IAR’s life-saving rescue, adoption, spay/neuter and educational programs.

Register for free on the Event.Gives PCA website to ensure you can access the Silent Auction when it opens and participate in the Live Auction event. If you participated in past PCA events or other IAR sales, you might already have an account created. Please email [email protected] if you have any difficulty creating or accessing your account.

Stay tuned for additional information here, via IAR newsletters and on our social media channels!

In the meantime, we are accepting donated auction items through Aug. 14! Please submit your donation via this online form and email [email protected] with any questions.

Volunteer Yappy Hour

Whether you’re a current volunteer, IAR alum or simply an animal-lover in the community, we hope to see you at our next Yappy Hour! Join us each month for a casual get-together at a local, pet-friendly spot in the Durham-Chapel Hill community. Yappy Hour is held on the second Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted. Check our Upcoming Events to see where and when the next Yappy Hour is scheduled, plus view all of our adoption events and more!


Lots of cats and dogs found their forever homes this month!

Congratulations to BooBoo, Miles, Billie, Sir Luka, "Pimento" Pepper, "Banana" Pepper, Flora, Turtle, Oliver, Marie, Sir Pierre, Snuggles, Anders, Miss Evie, Kiko, Poppy, Lilly Girl, Petunia, Pochi, Martina, Isis, Luna (Ethel), Maverick, Goose, Sunshine, Simon, Freddie, Nevada, Lillian, Stanley, Gregory, Mimi, Crumb, Pepper Jack, Brie, Colby, Tofu, Fondue, Kai, Ipo, Julie, June, Lime, Lemon, Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Ginny, Maggie, Bertie, Jade, Matthew, Ketch, Dewey, Calliope, Fred, Steve, Buck, Harley, Pascal, Pearl, Ace, Ava, Bentley, Linus, Lindy, Katniss, Kyle, Chad, Frank, Eddie, Orzo, Ziti, Gracie, Grayson, Cosmo, Luna, Lena, and Gabby!

Upcoming Events

Thu 11

Volunteer Yappy Hour

August 11 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sun 14
Sat 20

Adoptable Pets

Is your pet lost?

Visit Petco Love Lost to bring your pet home safely!

You can learn more about Petco Love Lost, report lost and found pets and more here.