The Animal Control program exists to protect the public’s health against the spread of rabies. This is done through rabies vaccinations, impoundment and humane euthanasia. Animal Control:
investigates all animal bites;
- investigate all reports of injured animals;
- investigate all reports of cruelty to animals;
- and investigate all complaints related to animals which are a nuisance and/or dangerous
Below you’ll find the requirements to be a registered rescue group and an application. If you are interested in being recognized as an animal rescue organization with Cleveland County Animal Control:
Please click on the rescue group application below
- You will be directed, in a new window, to our online rescue organization application. Please fill out this form, remembering to attach your 501(c)3 verification, and hit submit.
- You can expect a response from Animal Control within 5 business days.
Questions, concerns and/or comments regarding the rescue program or concerning any animal seen on the impoundment or Facebook page should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not call the shelter, as these inquiries will only be handled electronically moving forward.
Positive Rabies Cases
*for older reports of Rabies incidents, please contact Animal Control at 704-481-9884.
Pet Lost and Found
Lost your pet? click here to view animals recently found within the county border or if you have found a pet, you can notify us by submitting a lost and found pet form. The shelter houses many different pets. To find out more about the animals available at the shelter, visit our Facebook page.
Cleveland County has experienced a tremendous increase in confirmed cases of rabies. Since June 1998, 220 cases have been confirmed. Countywide awareness and preventive efforts have been ongoing. The Animal Control Staff, the Humane Society and veterinarians have worked diligently together to stop the spread of rabies. Prevention is the key to successfully stopping rabies from invading the domestic animal population. Rabies vaccination for domestic animals works!
One of our proven successful strategies is the Free Rabies Drive-Through Clinic. Conducted 4 times per fiscal year Animal Control has averaged nearly 5000 free rabies vaccines given annually.
2015 RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC SCHEDULE
April 4th, 2015: Crest High School RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 28, 2015 DUE TO EASTER HOLIDAY
- May 2nd, 2015: Kings Mountain High School
- September 19, 2015: Burns High School
- October 24, 2015: Cleveland County Health Department
*All Clinics are 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rabies vaccinations are for dogs, cats and ferrets. There is no maximum on the number of pets you can bring.
New Shelter Hours:
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1609 Airport Road, Shelby NC 28150