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

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

* These are office hours only. Kennel hours differ slightly.

Animal Control is part 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