Adopt a Pet

Adopt a shelter animal today!

Why Adopt?

Adopting a shelter animal means that you are helping an animal in need! Our animals come from many situations where for some reason their previous owners could not or did not provide continued care. Or they may have been homeless on the streets because they were born there or abandoned. They all come from situations right here in Rowan County. You would be rescuing a four legged neighbor in need!

Adopt a Pet

The best place to view photos of animals is our Facebook Page. It is updated regularly and you can view a photo of the animal and see its availability.  We also maintain a spreadsheet of available animals that is updated in real-time.

How to Adopt

Final adoption process must take place at the Animal Shelter at 1465 Julian Road, Salisbury. You must be 18 years old. Bring a legal ID with you. We cannot hold animals for you based on a phone call or email. We accept cash or card, no checks please. Most animals can be taken home the same day.


Some animals that you may see are being held for a stray hold period, which is a 72 business hour hold for animals that are brought in as strays. This hold allows owner’s of animals a chance to locate their missing pet before the animal is placed up for adoption. 

Other animals may be on hold pending a spay/neuter appointment with the Shelter’s Veterinarian. The Adoption Waiting List Form allows adopters interested in those animals to be placed on a waiting list. 

All other available animals are first come/first served. We cannot hold animals for you based on a phone call or email.