Animal Services


  • North Carolina is currently in Safer At Home Phase 2
  • Appointments are still required for adoptions and reclaims
  • Citizens are asked to go to  to view the animals in our care and custody prior to coming to the shelter.
  • If you see an animal you would like more information on, call the shelter office at 252-902-1726
  • Staffed hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. Please call during these times for available appointments.
  • Capacity inside the building and appointments will be limited. Citizens are highly encouraged to wear masks when visiting the shelter.
    • Appointments to visit CATS will be limited to ONE (1) person at a time, or TWO (2) people if face coverings are worn.
    • Appointments to visit DOGS will be limited to FOUR (4) people at a time if meeting in outside yards. If meeting in inside rooms, limit will be ONE (1) person at a time, or TWO (2) people if face coverings are worn.
    • Only ONE (1) person in the office per transaction; limited to TWO (2) transactions at a time.

To schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions, please call our office at 252-902-1726

For all information related to Pitt County’s COVID-19 response efforts, please visit the Coronavirus Information Page of our website (Para ver esta página en español, HAGA CLIC AQUÍ).

Important Information:

  • DO NOT bring at-risk individuals to appointments 
  • If you have lost a pet, you can view animals currently at the Shelter by clicking HERE 
  • It is important for residents to include their pets in preparedness plans. For information on how to make a plan, click HERE.

Mission Statement 

The primary mission of Pitt County Animal Services is to safeguard public health and safety by supporting the education of our citizens on responsible pet ownership; to protect our community’s animals from cruelty and neglect, and to house, care, place or provide humane resolution for animals in its care.


  • Reduce euthanasia of healthy animals
  • Increase shelter live release rate
  • Improve cooperation and relationships with municipalities

Rabies Control

The Animal Shelter also provides rabies control services such as:
  • Annual rabies clinics offering vaccines for $5
  • Investigating animal bites in the county
  • Loaning of dog/cat traps
  • Replacement rabies tags at no charge

Pets for Adoption

To search for pets available for adoption through the Pitt County Animal Shelter visit our Petango webpage.

We also hold adoption clinics at Petco.

Report Animal Neglect or Abuse

A positive and interactive relationship between animal services, law enforcement, and the community is critical to protecting the animal population. Without the assistance of residents who discover and report abuse to authorities, most abused animals will likely die or suffer extreme pain in their present conditions. Additionally, those responsible for the abuse may not be sought out. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IDENTIFYING AND REPORTING ANIMAL NEGLECT AND ABUSE

Surrendering a Pet

Animal Services only accepts animals weekdays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.  In order to drop off a pet, you must call the shelter on the weekday morning you plan to bring the pet in to ensure that space is available.  If there is no room at the shelter for the pet, you'll need to call again the following day to schedule a different drop off time.  

After you've called and scheduled a drop off time, you will then bring the pet to the shelter along with your Government ID proving that you are a Pitt County resident.  If you are owner surrendering your pet, there will be a $20 surrender fee that must be paid at the time of drop off.  Owners will also need to provide proof of ownership: i.e. vet records, rabies certificates, and such.

If you have any questions, please call the Animal Shelter at 252-902-1725
  Click here for more info on surrendering a pet

Donate to the Animal Shelter

Would you like to make a donation to the Pitt County Animal Shelter? You can do so through Paypal. You can also find a copy of our shelters Wish List by Clicking Here.

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Informational Documents

Dangerous/Nuisance Animals