Mission

The Animal Center provides temporary shelter for Moore County's unwanted and stray companion animals; promotes placement programs and public education, and enforces state and county animal laws.

Hours of Operation

Open Six Days a Week  !!!

Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 4:45 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm

Contact Us

  • 1 (910) 947-2858
  • 1 (910) 947-5952

Physical Address

Overview

Animal Center Currently Adoptable Pets

The Animal Center strives to make sure the animals featured on the Moore County Animal Operations Adopt web page and the printable adoption-available list are current, however, there may be occasional delays in updates.

Education

The Animal Operations Staff and Animal Services Officers are dedicated to furthering the public's knowledge about a variety of topics including the local animal control ordinance, rabies prevention, wildlife issues, responsible pet care and dog bite prevention. Please call (910) 947-2858 if your community group or class would be interested in coming to see us for a tour of the facility, or we'll be happy to come visit with you.

Rabies

Rabies shots (good for one year) are available at the Animal  Center, Monday through Friday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm and Saturday 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm The fee is $5.
See also rabies clinic schedule below
Rabies is a disease, caused by a virus, that can infect all mammals, including humans.  It is transmitted through contact with the saliva or nervous tissue of an infectious animal -- usually through a bite.  If an exposed person or animal is not treated quickly, the virus may infect the person or animal and may result in death.
Rabies is almost always fatal to animals and people once signs of disease appear and the State of North Carolina mandates reporting of all animal bites for the protection of the victim. During a bite investigation of a dog or a cat, the rabies vaccination status is documented and the animal is observed for ten days. Immediate treatment by a doctor after exposure may include post-exposure rabies vaccinations and will prevent development of the disease.
If you have any reason to believe that there has been a dog or cat bite or other type of rabies exposure, immediately contact Moore County Animal Services at (910) 947-2858 or call 911 after hours.
 
State and local law requires all dogs and cats 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 5 days of the exposure. Officers will be available at the clinics to answer questions about rabies control and prevention in addition to administering vaccinations.
Please call Moore County Animal Operations for additional information or to request an Animal Control Officer to make a home visit (additional service fee $15) at (910) 947-2858.
For a wealth of information concerning rabies, go to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services link for Rabies at http://www.epi.state.nc.us/epi/rabies.html.

Please see the calendar below for current dates and locations of RABIES CLINICs.
 

Animal Services

Moore County Animal Emergency assistance Evacuation/Sheltering information is available through Department of Public Safety in Carthage (910) 947-6317.

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

Other services provided include:

  •     Investigation of animal bites and quarantine of any dog or cat suspected of having rabies
  •     Canvasses for the propose 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.
Animal Services operates during normal business hours of 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday though Friday. An On Call Officer is available for emergency situation thru 911 after hours and on the weekends and holidays. The On Call Policy is listed below:

Animal Services On Call Policy

Due to the serious nature of rabies and the possibility of transmission through animal bites etc., Animal Services will provide limited service after regular working hours. After hours is defined as Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM ‑‑ 8:00 AM as well as weekends and holidays.

After hours, Moore County Animal Services:

Should be called and will respond to:
l . Animal bites to humans
2. Bats inside sleeping quarters
3. Domestic animals that have physical contact with wild animals

Should not be called and will not respond to:
l . Snakes, etc in living or sleeping quarters
2. Vicious dogs or strays
3. Barking dogs
4. Police assistance (except as listed above in “…will respond to”)
5. Wild animals walking across yards
6. Bats in attics or open carports
7. Animals under houses or in trees
8. Injured owned dogs and cats in need of transportation to on call veterinarians

Spay/Neuter

The Animal Center of Moore County can house just over 50 dogs and almost 40 cats. Although we have one of the highest adoption rates in the state, we still are forced to euthanize adoptable animals when there isn't enough space to hold all of the community's homeless pets. It is our goal to increase the number of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats finding loving, forever homes, while at the same time reducing the number of unwanted pets.  One way to make this possible is for Moore County citizens to have their pets spayed or neutered.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is available!  Don't wait another day!  It's as easy as filling out a short application.  Please contact Animal Operations at (910) 947-2858 to find out more information.   
If you are a concerned citizen, please join us in addressing this need in our community. A program of financial assistance consisting of state funding, grant assistance and a community based donation fund helps our neighbors in need prevent unwanted litters.  Please consider a contribution to the FIX'Moore fund.  Click here for more information. Access FIX'M Flyer
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