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The Pitt County Animal Shelter is open to the public from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays. The shelter is closed on Sundays.
For Animal Services assistance, you can call 252-902-1725 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
The adoption fees are $110 for dogs and puppies, and $85 for cats and kittens. This fee helps to pay for the adopted animal to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before going to their new home. Fees for specific animals may vary due to special circumstances, and fees may change in the future. To inquire about the fees for a specific animals, call the shelter at 252-902-1725.
To see the animals at the Pitt County Animal Shelter, you can visit our website: www.petango.com/pittshelter
Animals that have a name displayed on the website are available for adoption. Animals on the site that only have an ID number, (eg. 98765432) are NOT currently available for adoption. If you are looking for your lost pet and think that one of the animals shown on the website may be yours, contact the shelter immediately at 252-902-1731.
North Carolina law requires stray and found animals be held for a minimum of 72 hours. Animals surrendered to the shelter by an owner have no minimum hold time.
Owner surrenders are done by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule your appointment, you must call the shelter at 252-902-1725 starting at 8:00 am and no later than 11:00 am. Appointments are given same-day only, and based on space available at the shelter. You must have photo-ID showing that you are a Pitt County Resident, and there is a $20 fee per animal surrendered. We cannot make a guarantee for the outcome of any animal at the shelter, for this reason we encourage owners to use the shelter as a last resort when surrendering pets. For more information, call the shelter at 252-902-1725.
To volunteer at the shelter, you must be 16 years of age (ages 16-17 need parental/legal guardian consent) For more information on volunteering, CLICK HERE or call the shelter at 252-902-1730.
Donations of supplies or monetary donations (by cash, check, or debit/credit card) can be made at the shelter front office between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. For more information about donations or the supplies the shelter is currently in need of, CLICK HERE. To make an online monetary donation, CLICK HERE.
The shelter does not offer rabies, vaccination, or microchipping services to animals other than those in the facility. You must contact a veterinarian for these services for your pets.
Animal Services does hold an annual Rabies Clinic where members of the public are able to bring pets to receive their rabies shot. When the date and time is determined for the Rabies Clinic it will be announced and posted on the CALENDAR.
In case of an after-hours emergency (after 5:00 pm on weekdays, on weekends or holidays), please call the Pitt County Sheriff's office at 252-830-4141.
Previously Pitt County had 4 stand alone ordinances concerning animals in Pitt County. We feel this is confusing to citizens and it would be much easier to understand and locate information concerning the laws and regulations concerning domesticated animals in Pitt County if it was all in one document. This comprehensive ordinance also ensures all enforcement actions to include fines are standardized.
Added are clear definitions as well as a section on Large Commercial Dog Breeders and the owning of exotic animals. The nuisance ordinance was also eliminated. The Nuisance Ordinance we presently have was hard to enforce and feel we can do a better job addressing the nuisance behavior by the other ordinances such as Canine Control, Dangerous Dog, and Neglect. Also under Section 4 there are no longer 3 definitions of Dangerous Dog- the Potentially Dangerous Dog definition has been eliminated due to duplication and now just allow for Dangerous Dog or Vicious Dog that can be determined if qualifications are met.
There is not a ban on the tethering of an animal: however, a humane standard of keeping animals is addressed under Section 2. Cruel Treatment to Animals
The only change that could possibly affect hunters Section 5 with regards to Large Commercial Breeders which is defined as “any person, persons, partnership or corporation that owns, has custody of, or maintains 10 or more female dogs or 10 or more female cats for the purpose of breeding offspring to sell or trade.
No, there will be a 1 year waiting period to allow time for those currently owning exotic animals to acquire a proper permit. After the 1 year period the ownership of exotic animals will not be allowed unless the owner received a prior permit from the Pitt County Animal Services Department. Dangerous Exotic Animal is defined as: Exotic, or wild animals which belong to the Panthera genus venomous amphibians, venomous reptiles, non-venomous reptiles weighing over 50 pounds at maturity and wolves.” Unpermitted exotic animals will be banned beginning November 20, 2018.
North Carolina and especially Pitt County is a place where many breeders choose to locate to operate their businesses due to lack of regulations. It is our desire that all animals in Pitt County are treated and cared for humanely and for citizens to be sold healthy animals. The standards set forth for those that qualify are the same standards that North Carolina law establishes for all animal shelters in Pitt County. We feel these rules and regulations are reasonable and the annual permit fee of $50 is not excessive. These rules and regulations go into effect on November 20, 2018.
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Randy Gentry, Director
If you are unemployed, or if you want to find a better or more stable job but you aren't sure what kind of work you should look for, PITTworks can help you explore possible career choices.
If you already know what type of work you would like to do, PITTworks can help you find a training program and financial aid.
If you already have enough training but are having trouble finding work, PITTworks can help you to navigate the local job market, learn to compete more effectively for jobs, and develop workplace skills to help ensure your success.
Almost any FNS client can enroll in PITTworks as long as they are also: 1) between the ages of 18 and 59, AND 2) not working in paid employment for 30 or more hours per week, AND 3) not receiving unemployment insurance ("UI") benefits, AND 4) do not have a pending application for UI benefits, AND 5) not currently receiving Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability income, or Work First Family Assistance.
Unfortunately, regulations do not allow PITTworks to enroll people who are in the categories listed above. However, PITTworks can put them in touch with other employment and training resources.
If you do not receive food stamps but would like to enroll in PITTworks, please contact Pitt County Food & Nutrition Services at 902-1352 to see if you qualify. Pitt County Food & Nutrition Services
However, federal rules require some clients to engage in 20 hours per week of certain work or training activities in order to keep their food stamps longer than three months. These clients may find that PITTworks is the best way to keep their food stamps, and to eventually find stable and well paid employment.
Generally, food stamp clients who want to continue receiving benefits are required to engage in work or training activities if they meet all the qualifications for enrollment in PITTworks, AND 1) are between the ages of 18 and 49, AND 2) have no one under age 18 living with them, AND 3) are physically and mentally able to work, AND 4) are not in school or training at least half time, AND 5) are not working in paid or volunteer employment for at least 20 hours per week, AND 6) are not taking care of a disabled adult.
If you have a physical or mental disability, and are not receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income, and would like to find a job, PITTworks is here to help you. PITTworks cooperates with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and with Trillium Health Resources to help disabled people get specialized training and help.