Animal Control Services

Our Mission:

To provide Rutherford County with Animal Control services including:

  • Stray animal pick-up
  • Bite case investigation
  • Cruelty investigation
  • Animal nuisance complaints 
  • Animal  reclaims and adoptions
  • Rabies Vaccines and Rabies Control

To provide assistance and information to others whose purposes are consistent with the purpose of Rutherford County Animal Control Services

To inform the public on the importance of spaying and neutering in order to reduce the numbers of unwanted animals

Form networks with local and regional rescue groups to increase adoption rates

To overall improve the quality of life for the animals of Rutherford County through information and by reducing the dog and cat overpopulation 


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  • A list of all of our adoptable dogs can be found here
  • A list of all of our adoptable cats can be found here
  • A list of all of our stray dogs can be found here
  • A list of all of our stray cats can be found here

Contact information:
Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm
Phone: 828-287-6025
Physical Address: 578 Laurel Hill Dr. Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1957 Rutherfordton, NC 28139

**For emergency or after-hour calls, please call the non-emergency dispatch line at:
828-286-2911**