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Rowan County Animal Control

1465 Julian Road
Salisbury, NC 28146
704-216-7768

Who We Are

The Rowan County Animal Control is an open door, municipal facility committed to protecting animals from conditions harmful to their well being, and to protecting the citizens of the community from stray, unvaccinated, and dangerous animals. We strive to promote a harmonious atmosphere between the animals and the people of our community.


Along with the stray animals we pick up, we take every domestic animal that comes to our door; young, old, sick, or injured. Although state and county laws require animals to be held a minimum of 3 days, we try to shelter some for weeks while we try to find them new homes. But more keep coming every day, and we can only house so many at a time. As a result, we must humanely euthanize those animals for which no homes can be found. We have four Animal Control Officers who cover the entire 519 square miles of Rowan county.


Adopting a friend

If the animal is already Spayed or Neutered there is NO ADOPTION FEE! That's right, Free Adoptions to animals that are already altered.

The minimal cost for an adoption at the shelter is $70.00 which is a down payment towards the spay/neuter fee. We welcome out-of-county and out-of-state adoptions. Please be sure to check with your veterinarian if they will accept the voucher. The voucher must be given to the veterinarian at the time of the procedure and the veterinarian's office must send it in to us. At that time, we will reimburse the $70.00 to the Veterinarian.

This fee is NON-NEGOTABLE

We welcome rescue groups at the same $70.00 adoption rate.

Your new pet will be vaccinated against Rabies at the time of adoption.

We see over 100 animals per week in our facility, there is no way for us to post each one of them. We do our best to let the public know what is available. There are numerous choices that could be available and not posted. Your perfect companion could be waiting for you!

If you see an animal that you want to adopt, please come to the shelter.

We DO NOT hold animals. All animals for adoption are on a first come first serve basis. No exceptions.

Rescue Group Adoption Program

The Rowan County Board of Health along with the Rowan County Adoption Subcommittee recently approved free adoption fees to rescue groups who meet specific standards and the minimum requirements. Please click on the link below to find out criteria for approval.

Rescue Group Adoption Information
Applications can be mailed to 1811 E. Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28146 or faxed to (704) 638-3998.

Finding a Lost Pet

Your best bet to find your lost pet is to come to the shelter. You are welcome to bring a picture and we will post it on our board. We also have lost animal cards that you can fill out with all of your info and the pet's info. We will do what we can to help you but you know your pet better than anyone and we can't stress enough how important it is to come to the shelter and look for yourself. Remember to check our hours before you come so we don't miss you.

Come Visit Us!

Adoption Hours
Monday
11:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday
11:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday
11:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday
11:00am - 4:00pm
Friday
11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday
8:00am - 11:00 am
Sunday
Closed

Office Hours
Monday
11:00am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
11:00am - 4:30 pm
Friday
11:00am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 11:30 am
Sunday
Closed

**No money transactions will be completed after 4:15 Monday through Friday, which includes adoptions and redemptions.**
**The Shelter is closed on most major holidays**

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