Department of Public Health
1. What happens to the animals you pick up?
(Per State law, stray animals are held here for a minimum of 72 hours in order for the owners to have ample time to reclaim them. This 72 hour period does not include the day the animal comes in, weekends, or holidays. Owner surrender animals are placed in adoptable status and held if their attitude and temperament allows. Strays after fulfilling the hold period are held for possible adoption if they are acceptable.)
2. What do I do if I find a stray animal?
(You are urged to call Animal Control to pick up stray animals that show up at your house. If the temperament allows you may also bring the animal to Animal Control if it is convenient.)
3. Do you adopt out animals?
(Yes, we have dog and cat adoptions)
4. When does my pet need its rabies vaccination?
(State law requires all dogs and cats 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. The initial vaccine lasts for 1 year and each following is good for 3 years if given before the previous rabies vaccination expires.)
5. What happens if my pet bites someone?
(You need to contact Animal Control. We will need to verify a valid vaccine on your animal. State law requires a 10 day quarantine period for all dog and cat bites and scratches.)
6. Where is the Animal Control shelter located?
(1037 Coble Avenue, Albemarle)
7. How do I contact Animal Control after regular working hours?
(An Animal Control Officer is available for emergencies seven days a week - 24 hours a day. After hours, leave a message on the answering machine 704-986-3881 or call 911.)
8. I don’t want my pet anymore. Will you take him?
(Yes, you may drop off your pet dog or cat.)
9. When are your Rabies Clinics?
(They are held the last of April or first of May.)
.)) How much does it cost to adopt a cat or dog from the shelter?
(All services are free of charge except adoption and reclaiming. Adoption charges are: dogs - $81.00 ($75.00 adoption fee and $6.00 for Stanly County tag) and cats - $80.00. To reclaim an animal, the charge is $75.00 if the dog or cat was picked up Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, $75.00 if the dog or cat was picked up after hours, on the weekend or a holiday. To reclaim animals caught in a county trap - $75.00. To reclaim animals taken with a tranquilizing gun - $100.00. To reclaim an animal after the owner has been contacted and a 24 hour period has passed - reclaim fee plus $15.00/day. The fee for an animal bite confinement is $15.00/day. The fee for a full 10 day confinement is $150.00.)
1 Is there a leash law in Stanly County?
(Stanly County does not have a leash law, but we have a restraint ordinance on dogs. It simply states that an animal must remain on the owners property unless under the control of a responsible adult.)
1 What are the animal shelters hours?
(Monday - Friday, 9:30am-4:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-12:00pm. An Animal Control Officer is available for emergencies seven days a week - 24 hours a day.)
1 Are dogs and cats the only animals you keep at the shelter?
1 Where can I find out about the animals housed in the shelter?
(People are encouraged to come to the Animal Control shelter at 1037 Coble Avenue during business hours or click on www.petharbor.com to see animals currently housed at the shelter. The Stanly County Animal Shelter is listed under "Adoptable, Lost and Found Pets.")
1 How long does Animal Control keep animals?
(A minimum of 72 hours not counting the day it comes in, weekends or holidays)
1 What happens to the animals after their time is up?
(If animals’ behaviors allow, they become available for adoption and the local rescue league plays a tremendous part in placing animals.)
1 How does the Animal Control adoption process work?
(If an animal is deemed adoptable, an individual must review and sign the adoption agreement. The fee for cats is $80.00 and the fee for dogs is $75.00 which includes spaying or neutering, parvo and rabies vaccines, worming and a general physical by our participating vet. We deliver the animal on the morning of the surgery and the new owner picks it up from the vet in the afternoon. There is also a fee of $6.00 for the county tax tag if they are a Stanly County resident.)
1 If a raccoon is on my property during the daytime what should I do?
(Call Animal Control, so the situation can be assessed. Animal Control can take the appropriate measures, if the animal in question is exhibiting abnormal behavior.)
Are horse owners required to provide shelter for their animals?
(State law does not require shelter for horses)
2 My neighbors’ dogs keep me up by their continual barking. What can I do?
(The Animal Control ordinances do not cover noise issues, however you may check with law enforcement for your area about local noise issues.)