Animal Shelter


Over 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.

Reporting Cruelty & Shelter Issues

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 at 704 216-7768.

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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.

Some of our services include handling calls for:

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

Educating the Public

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 every day, 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 in Rowan County visit the Adopt Me page.