Animal Control

578 Laurel Hill Rd
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

(828) 287-6025
Fax: (828) 287-6373


Animal Control Enforcement Office 
(828) 288-4041

Cpl. Brad Jones
(Animal Control Officer)

Ptl. Sarah Hartman 
(Animal Control Officer & Administrative Support)

Ptl. Stephen Holland
(Animal Control Officer)

Lt. Leon Godlock, Supervisor
(828) 287-6395


Community Pet Center

(828) 287-7738

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Rutherford County Animal Control and Operations

If you are interested in adopting an animal from the Animal Shelter you will need to come by and select an animal. After choosing the animal, you must fill out the adoption contract stating that you will take the animal to the veterinarian of your choice. The cost of the adoption is $80.00 for all unaltered dogs and cats. The cost includes your Wellness exam at the veterinarian's office, first rabies vaccine, first parvo/distemper vaccine, and the spay or neuter of the animal.  The adoption fee for an altered animal is $20.



Contact Animal Control Enforcement at (828) 286-2911, if you need to speak with an Animal Control Officer.


Hours of Operation for the Animal Shelter

       Monday - Friday:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm for adoptions, intake and return to owners.
       No "Over-The-Counter" intake of cats or dogs after 3:30 pm.
       Open First & Third Saturdays from 9 am until 12 pm
       Closed on Sundays and on all major holidays.


The Community Pet Center (CPC) hours of operation are:

       Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:  11:00 pm - 4:00 pm
        Closed on Thursdays
       Open First & Third Saturdays from 9 am until 12 pm
       No Over-the-Counter intake of Cats or Dogs after 12 pm




One year Rabies Vaccine Vouchers are available at the Animal Shelter office for $15.00 to be taken to the Vet of your choice.



PLEASE...   If you need assistance  or have questions about an animal at the Animal Shelter, call the Community Pet Center Volunteer office at (828) 287-7738 after 11:00am.


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Please click on the link below to view pets available for adoption

Adoptable Dogs

Adoptable Cats

Lost Dogs

Lost Cats