Animal Services


The Mission of the Moore County Sheriff's Office Animal Services is to promote an environment of responsible pet ownership through progressive animal welfare initiatives, community outreach, and humane education in a culture of compassion, creativity, and integrity and to enforce county and state animal laws. This Mission will be accomplished in partnership with the citizens of Moore County through the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards.

Animal Services

Moore County Animal Services is responsible for enforcing North Carolina statutes and the county ordinance pertaining to animals. Animal Service Officers cooperate with local law enforcement in fulfilling this duty. This includes:

  • Adoptions
  • Animal drop off
  • Lost and Found Reporting
  • Rabies vaccinations($10/shot)
  • Scanning
  • Trap loans

Other services provided include:

  • Investigation of animal bites and quarantine of any dog or cat suspected of having rabies
  • Canvasses for the purpose of ascertaining compliance with rabies statutes
  • Investigation of animal cruelty or neglect
  • Investigation of nuisance animal reports
  • Investigation of vicious or dangerous dog incidents
  • Impoundment of stray domestic animals

Animal Services does not respond to reports of nuisance wildlife unless there is an immediate threat to public health and safety.

The Law

State and local law requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Any pet which comes in contact with a wild animal known to carry rabies must be revaccinated within 3 days of the exposure. Officers will be available at the clinics to answer questions about rabies control and prevention in addition to administering vaccinations.

Find More Information

Please call Moore County Animal Services for additional information or to request an Animal Control Officer to make a home visit (additional service fee of $15) at 910-947-2858.

For a wealth of information concerning rabies, go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.

Moore County Animal Emergency Assistance Evacuation/Sheltering information is available through the Department of Public Safety in Carthage at phone number 910-947-6317.

Hours & Additional Resources

Animal Services Deputies operates during normal business hours of 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday. An On Call Officer is available for emergency situations through 911 after hours and on the weekends and holidays. Animal Services does not respond to dead animals in your yard or on streets/highways. For dead animal pickup, you may call D.O.T. via phone at 910-773-8070. Animal Service Deputies do not go in attics or crawlspaces. You may reach out to NC. Wildlife for a Damage Control Agent via phone at 866-318-2401 for such animals in attics and crawlspaces.