Animal Services

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Pitt County Animal Shelter is to provide services which 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

The Pitt County Animal Shelter provides a shelter for stray animals and owner surrendered animals which can either be placed up for adoption or euthanized. 
Animal Shelter and parking lot

Stray Animals

North Carolina State law only requires stray animals be held for 72 hours. It is very important if you have lost an animal to immediately report it.  Please CLICK HERE for more information.

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

Animal Control Advisory Board

The Animal Control Advisory Board meets on the 4th Wednesday of every other month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commissioners' Auditorium, beginning in January.  Please check our calendar to view the Meeting Dates.  Depending on Holidays, meetings can be re-scheduled.  So please call the Animal Shelter with any questions.

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