Rutherford County Animal Shelter

Find Rutherford 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.


Forest Animal Control 187 South Church Street Forest City NC 28043 828-245-5555


Pawsranch Equine Rescue, Inc. 158 Paws Ranch Rd Bostic NC 28018 800-580-6504

Rutherford County Animal Control 578 Laurel Hill Drive Rutherfordton NC 28139 828-287-7738

Rutherford County Animal Shelter 198 North Washington Street Rutherfordton NC 28139

Rutherford County Humane Society 167 Pinkwood Drive Rutherfordton NC 28139 828-286-0222

What is an Animal Shelter?

Household animals that no longer have homes are often brought to animal shelters. Animal shelters are safe places to bring animals that are abandoned or lost. Many shelters will also take in animals that are sick or injured. In some areas of the U.S., humane societies will also provide shelter for animals. Shelters often serve as pet adoption centers. Animal shelters are also open to household pets taken from owners who can no longer care for them, those who have mistreated them, or those who have violated animal welfare laws.

Shelters provide animal care, rescue, and animal control. They assist with adopting dogs, cats, and other pets. They also may offer services like spaying or neutering. Shelters may offer adoption. Local and county governments fund some dog pounds and animal shelters, while volunteers and donations provide further support.