New Hanover County Animal Shelter

Find New Hanover County North Carolina animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


Carolina Boxer Rescue 2402 Barnsley Court Wilmington NC 28411 910-431-8499


Friends of Felines PO Box 475 Castle Hayne NC 28429 910-452-6721

New Hanover County Animal Control 220 Division Drive Wilmington NC 28401 910-798-7500

New Hanover Humane Society Inc 2405 North 23rd Street Wilmington NC 28405 910-763-6692

Wilmington Nc Bird Club 325 Brenda Drive Wilmington NC 28409 910-836-4039

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Where are the animals at an Animal Shelter from?

Some animals are brought to shelters by owners who cannot care for them. Others are rescued from abuse or neglect. Stray or lost animals may be brought to shelters by the general public or animal control agencies.

Do Animal Shelters euthanize unwanted or hard-to-adopt animals?

Some shelters have a firm no-kill policy and will strive to find homes for every animal they receive. Due to limited space and resources, other shelters may have to euthanize certain animals that are less suitable for adoption because of health or behavioral issues. Animal control agencies may euthanize animals that have not been adopted within a certain timeframe or animals that have shown aggression.

Can anyone adopt a pet from an Animal Shelter?

Generally, any member of the public may adopt a pet from an Animal Shelter. Some Animal Shelters will first screen or interview an individual in order to assess their suitability as a pet owner.