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

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.