Animal Services

245 Hemlock Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
Phone: 828-456-5338
Fax: 828-456-9340

Office Hours

Monday through Saturday

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Noon-4 p.m.

For after-hours emergencies, contact the Haywood County Emergency Operations Center at 828-452-6600.

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Adoption - Haywood County Animal Shelter Fee Schedule


Dogs and cats impounded at the Animal Shelter are available for adoption after four days of impoundment. Adoption fees are $87.50 for female cats, $57.50 for male cats, $77.50 for male dogs under 40 lbs and $82.50 for male dogs over 40 lbs. Female dogs are $92.50 under 40 lbs and $107.50 for those over 40 lbs.


Sarge’s Animal Rescue is currently subsidizing all cat adoptions, therefore adopter’s pay $27.50 for male cats and $37.50 for female cats.


This fee includes having the pet spayed or neutered and a rabies vaccine. All surgeries are done by local veterinarians. For further information, please contact the Animal Shelter at 456-5338.

Animal Abuse

To report animal abuse, call the Animal Services Office at 456-5338 and give information to an Animal Control Officer. You do not need to give your name. We need the information as to the type of animal and the reasons why and how the animals are being mistreated and the location of the animals. Animal Control Officers will respond within one to two working days.

Animal Bites & Scratches

Animal bites that are treated at a medical facility are automatically reported either to the Animal Services Department or the Health Department. The Animal Control Department investigates all animal bites. All animals that are reported must be quarantined either at a veterinarian’s office or at the Animal Shelter. Animal bites and/or attacks that occur after hours may be reported to the Haywood County Emergency Operations at 452-6600 and the on-call Animal Services Officer will handle the situation. For further information, contact the Animal Services Office at 456-5338.

Removal of Dead Animals on Roadways

The North Carolina Department of Transportation removes animals that are killed on the highways. The city sanitation department removes dead animals on streets within the city limits. The Department of Transportation may be reached at 456-5633. City sanitation departments may be reached by contacting their local town hall. You can also call us at 828-456-5338.

Leash Law

It is unlawful for any owner to permit animals to run at large. All animals must be under restraint by means of chain, leash or other like device, sufficiently near the owner or handler to be under his or her direct control, on or within a vehicle being driven or parked, within a secure enclosure such as a fence, or within the property limits of the owner or keeper. Animals allowed to run loose and create a public nuisance should be reported to the Animal Services Department at 456-5338. An Animal Services Officer will investigate the complaint. To file a complaint, the Animal Services Officer will need name and address on both the complainant and the person you are reporting and a description of the animal involved.

Lost and Found Pets

All lost and found pets should be reported to the Animal Services Department at 456-5338. We keep records and compare the animals reported to the animals that are impounded by the officers. Most importantly, you should come to the Animal Shelter every couple of days to look for your pet. Pets do not always come into the shelter wearing the collars and tags as described by the owner.

Rabies Vaccine Clinics

All dogs and cats four months old or older must be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies vaccine clinics are held twice a year; in early spring and fall. The clinics are held for one week every spring and fall at different locations throughout the county.

For more information, please contact the Animal Services Department at 456-5338, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health, or from the federal Centers for Disease control at


Spay/Neuter Program

All pets adopted from the Animal Shelter are sterilized (spayed or neutered). The adoption fees pay for the surgery. The county has appointed Haywood Animal Welfare Association (dba Haywood Spay/Neuter) as its Spay/Neuter Program. Haywood Spay/Neuter operates a low-cost spay/neuter program. They may be reached at 828-452-1329 noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. For other information, please call the Animal Services Department at 828-456-5338 Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m; and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.

Animal Welfare Organizations

Haywood Spay/Neuter -

Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation -