Animal Shelter

Adopt, Rescue, Reclaim, Volunteer

Contact Information
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244 Betsy Carpenter Place
Concord, NC 28025

If you have a stray dog on the weekends, call dispatch to request officer pickup at 704-920-3000

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: Noon-4 pm

Regular Hours for Adoptions, Reclaims, Rescue Partners, Stray Drop Offs and Trap Rentals
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Thursday: Noon - 6:30 pm
Friday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

OPEN first Saturday of each month:
Noon - 3 pm with limited staff for Adoption, Reclaim a Lost Animal, or Rescue Partners services only

Holiday Hours
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The Cabarrus County Animal Shelter is one of the core responsibilities of Cabarrus County Animal Control, a division the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office

The shelter is an open admission shelter, which means we do not turn away any animal in need. We are a public facility that provides safe, temporary shelter for homeless animals while the staff searches for permanent homes for the animals through community adoption or transfers to Rescue Partners. The animal shelter also provides a variety of other services for the community. The animal shelter is NOT a pet boarding facility. While the shelter is open admission, we operate under managed intake and require pre-scheduled appointments for all owner surrenders. See our hours of operation for details.

Staff at the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter is committed to placing safe and healthy animals in the community by searching for appropriate permanent homes for adoptable animals. We work with approved Rescue Partners nationally to place animals with workable behavior concerns and treatable medical issues with groups with resources to take on those specific cases. To determine if an animal is adoptable, shelter staff must rule out any underlying medical conditions and/or temperaments that present safety risks to the community. Euthanasia is a last resort. When necessary, euthanasia is carried out with respect to the animals by a Certified Euthanasia Technician following best-practice guidelines set by the NC Department of Agriculture. It is important to Cabarrus County that all animals at the shelter receive care and compassion.

The best way to help limit euthanasia in our animal population is to spay and neuter your pets! Intact males can catch the scent of a female in heat and will urge them to wander off tracking the scent. This is a common reason for males to escape their yard. If the male finds the female in heat they are at risk of mating if they can get to one another. By spaying your females and neutering your males, you will eliminate this entire scenario which ultimately leads to unwanted litters of animals that fill up the shelter. There are also many health benefits to spaying and neutering your pets including avoiding many types of cancer. This can be an expensive surgery, but there are wonderful organizations, like Spay It Forward, that provide financial assistance so every pet owner can make the responsible decision. Make the call.

Shelter Procedures

Any animal that presents to the shelter as a stray is held for 72 hours per the Department of Agriculture. These animals can be viewed on lost and found. Any animal that presents as an owner surrender is not required to be held for 72 hours. Animals are evaluated upon intake and receive a 2nd evaluation before an adoption / rescue / euthanasia decision is made. Once an animal has been evaluated, they can be viewed on adoption and rescue. All animal shelter laws can be viewed at the Department of Agriculture.

Animal Protection Advisory Board

Cabarrus County regularly receives public input on shelter operations from the Animal Protection Advisory Board, a Board of Commissioners-appointed citizen group. County residents interested in serving on the Animal Protection Advisory Board can request an application through the County Manager's Office at 704-920-2100

Leash Law

There is a leash law ordinance in Cabarrus County for dogs. There is no leash law for cats.


  • Strays: Dogs that are picked up by an officer or the public running loose. Cats that are trapped and brought in by the public.
  • Surrenders: Animals brought to the shelter and signed over by their owner. Owners sign a surrender form relinquishing custody of the animal to Cabarrus County, thereby risking euthanasia.
  • Quarantine: Animals that are being held for 10 days either for a bite, abandonment or involvement in other investigations.



If you have a stray dog on the weekend, call call dispatch to request officer pickup 704-920-3000. 

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My pet is lost, what can I do?

View our lost and found to see animals currently in custody of Cabarrus County Animal Control. Check other resource tips on finding a lost animal.

How do I volunteer at the animal shelter?

Please review our donations list. Thanks again for you interest in helping with the animals!  We appreciate it!

Is there a leash law for cats and dogs?

There is a leash law ordinance in Cabarrus County for dogs. There is no leash law for cats.

How do I report barking or a dangerous dog?

Please call 704-920-3000 to report an animal nuisance. 

You may remain anonymous but you must give the exact address of where the animals are located. Cabarrus County Sheriff Dispatch will send an Animal Control Officer out to the location.

How do I volunteer at the animal shelter?

We are a County run shelter and have to follow County and NC Dept. of Agriculture rules. Please read the requirements that volunteers must follow. If you

If you feel your meet all the volunteer requirements, please fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire.  This will help us get an idea of your experience level and your areas of interest in volunteering at the shelter.  Once we receive your questionnaire we will then get in touch with you to schedule a meet and greet and the volunteer orientation and training.   

If you don’t meet the requirements but would still like to help the animals in some way, review our donation list.  We always need donations for the animals!  Thanks again  for you interest in helping with the animals!  We appreciate it!