The animal shelter is open on Mondays from 12:30pm until 4:30pm, Tuesdays thru Thursdays from 10:00am until 2:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am until noon.. Adoption and rabies vaccinations are available during these times. Rabies shots are $5 for cats and dogs over the age of 4 months. Dogs living in the county are required to have a $2 county tax tag.
Adopting a Friend
Adoption fees for dogs are $43 for males and $50 for females. Adoption fees for cats are $26 for males and $33 for females. We do accept checks, cash or credit cards. The fees include a certificate for spay/neutering at a local vet (this covers the cost of the surgery-vet office visits, shots, and blood work are not included). The fee also covers the cost of the rabies shot and county tax tag (Vance County residents). When an animal is adopted that is under four months old, a certificate will be issued at the time of the adoption that will need to be brought back to the shelter along with the animal in order to receive the rabies vaccination that was included in the adoption fees. The fee for the rabies shot will be forfeited if the animal is not brought back to the shelter in the four month period from time of the adoption.
Adoption Rules and Requirements
No health or temperament guarantees are given or implied
All applicants must be least 18 years of age and have a valid ID
All dogs shall be listed on county property taxes as required by law
If the adopter lives in rental or public housing, the facility must allow pets and the adopter shall supply landlord or mangerís name and phone number for verification
The adopter shall familiarize themselves with all the local ordinances, state statutes, or federal law pertaining to their animalsóThis information is available on the shelter website ( ) and http://www.ncga.state.nc.us under state statutes
The animal being adopted must be spayed or neutered with in 4 months of the adoption or proof showing that an appointment has been made for this procedure. Failure to follow this requirement will result in the seizure of the animal in question and a forfeiture of all fees paid
You may not adopt an animal for someone else (this does not pertain to parents adopting animals for their children as long as they are aware they are responsible for the animal and not their child)
Persons who are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs cannot adopt
Persons convicted of dog fighting, animal cruelty, or have excessive animal ordinance violations cannot adopt
The adopter has three working days for the time of the adoption to return the animals to the shelter for a refund due to sickness or natural death of the animal (satisfactory evidence such as the carcass of the animal or a veterinarianís certification must be presented)
I have read this adoption/medical contract and fully understand it and agree to be bound by its terms and those of the Vance County Animal Control Ordinance
The Vance County Animal Shelter is located in Henderson, North Carolina. It is about 40 minutes from Durham, NC and about 2 hours from Richmond, VA, off I-85.
From I-85 at Henderson, take the Ruin Creek Road Exit. Turn right if coming from the south; left if from the north - unto Ruin Creek Rd. Go to the third stop light and turn right on US 158 Business. Go to the next stop light and turn left onto Vance Academy Road. The Animal Shelter is the second building on the left. (Tan with burgandy shutters and trim.)
From Raleigh, take US 1 North to Business US Hwy 1 at Henderson. Turn left onto Raleigh Road. Take a left to Dabney Dr. Ext. (Burger King will be on your right) Then left onto Oxford Rd. (Hardees will be on the corner.)Go several miles. Turn left onto Vance Academy Road. We're the second building on left.
Vance County Animal Shelter 165 Vance Academy Rd.
Henderson NC 27537
Contact Phone: 252-492-3136
firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for a list of pets at this shelter
Our dogs love to sleep on Kuranda Dog beds, but we don't have enough for everyone.If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for a another dog to sleep in comfort, please click here.