VisitingOver the years our department has worked hard and earned the respect from law enforcement agencies, court officials, county representatives and the general public. Professional knowledge, education and training; updated equipment, official uniforms, improved vehicles and a new facility have all contributed to a more proficient Animal Control system to help serve Rowan county citizens.

The perception of an Animal Control Officer has changed dramatically over the years. We have gotten away from the public's misconception of the "dog catcher" riding around looking for strays and picking on poor innocent dogs. The catcher stigma is gone and we are now recognized as Animal Control Officers.

1465 Julian Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146
Phone:  704-216-7768     Fax:  704-638-3998

For weekend and after hours animal emergencies call 911

Shelter Open Hours for Adoptions:  Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(except holidays)



Beginning Monday, January 23rd 2017 the Rowan County Animal Shelter will be

implementing a new Adoption Applicant Form which can be filled out and submitted online.

This form will allow animal’s still on their stray holding period to be

reserved for an adoption on the date of their availability. The applications will be considered

 in the order that applications are received based on the time stamp as they are submitted.

  You can also submit personally at the shelter. 

For more information on this change please read the verbiage on

the form.



Rowan Animal Shelter is a Division of Rowan Animal Services Department

For adoptions, specific animal questions, shelter information,

 and to report animal cruelty for investigation

please call our general number directly.

Shelter General Number 704 216-7768


For Department questions and concerns please contact;

Animal Services Director, Bob Pendergrass

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On Saturday October 6th, 2016 Rowan County Animal Shelter held its first ever Special Discounted Adoption Event as approved by the Rowan County

Board of Commissioners. The event was a huge success with every available animal being adopted to new homes!

We thank the Commissioners for their support, the wonderful new volunteers that we have, and the dedicated staff of Rowan County Animal Shelter.

Bob Pendergrass, Director, Animal Services


On October 6th, 2016 Rowan Animal Shelter was re-inspected by the NC Department of Agriculture.

We passed and were approved. For a copy of the inspection click here.


Recent Failed Inspection by NC Department of Agriculture

As many citizens may be aware, the Rowan County shelter recently failed an regular inspection  conducted by the NCDA. This is not something that we feel good about and it is something that we take very seriously. Our goal is to provide the best quality service and shelter that we can to the citizens of Rowan. As the Director, it is my job to see that this happens.

With an inspection comes a detailed criticism from the state on what issues they found and feel need to be addressed. It is then our responsibility to address those issues and provide a detailed response as to how we will address them.

We have done that as of yesterday (12-2-16). Rowan County Animal Shelter belongs to the citizens of Rowan County. You should be aware of how we intend to address those concerns.

Click here to see a copy of the response that we made to the Inspection Report.

Thank you for your interest in Rowan County Animal Shelter.


Bob Pendergrass

Animal Services Director


Rowan County Animal Shelter is looking for a few good volunteers!

We would like to announce the opening of our new volunteer program at the Animal Shelter. We are seeking a few individuals that want to help us

 with our efforts to care for our animals at the shelter, and help to find them new forever homes and help us provide education to the public. Our long term goal is to have a large

list of volunteers with talents and dedication to help us accomplish these goals. Initially we will take a few to help us get the process started and then grow from there. 

We will select from our applications based on talents, experience, and availability that fits into our shelter's needs.

If you have an interest, you should download our application (Click Here for Word Format) (Click here for PDF Format), complete it and return for review.

Completed applications can be returned to the shelter by email to , faxed to 704 638-3998, or mailed to the above address,

or dropped off at the front desk during open hours at either the cat or dog wing of the shelter.

If you do not have the ability to print out at home, you may simply drop by the shelter and pick one up. Based on volume of interest,

staff will review and contact selected applicants for orientation. Volunteers must complete the same vetting process as employee new hires. This will

 include criminal background check, driving record check, and a pre-volunteering drug test.


Animal Services is a member of a statewide organization known as the North Carolina Animal-Rabies Control Association. This association promotes a quality work environment and the professional development of its members through

effective training and leadership.

logoSome of our services include handling calls for:

Possible rabid animals
Dog/cat bites
Vicious dogs
 Injured animals
Cruelty and abandonment cases
Stray animals running loose (Dogs, Cats, Livestock)      

A major responsibility of an Animal Control Officer is to keep the public educated about a number of important issues. These include rabies and rabies control, the leash laws in Rowan county - it's purpose and why we enforce it, information about why pets need to be spayed/neutered and the proper care of animals.

Many animals come into the Rowan County Animal Shelter everyday, all of which are hoping to be located by their previous owner or to be adopted into their new forever home. Please consider providing a loving home for a homeless animal in need. To check out what animals are available please visit "Adopt Me".

Other Useful Links

Lost Dog Registration Lost Cat Registration