About Animal Services

The Animal Services Department is responsible for the control of dangerous dogs, rabies, operation of the animal shelter and protection of animals from illegal treatment.

Animal Services collects lost and straying animals, provides a central location for owners find their lost pet, adopt a new pet and a place where a pet can find a new home. The Animal Shelter is also a place for volunteers, field trips for schools and works alongside many vocational services and animal rescues.

What We Do

Basic Animal Services includes reports and investigations of the following:

Animal Nuisances:

  • Leash Law violations
  • Unsanitary animal areas
  • Property destruction

Dangerous Dogs:

  • Biting dogs
  • Dogs injuring other animals
  • Dogs aggressively approaching people

Animal Protection:

  • Adequate food, water, exercise and shelter
  • Essential medical attention
  • Animal assault & injury
  • Needless killing

Animal Services also provides:

  • Low cost rabies vaccinations
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Pet Adoption
  • Lost and Found pet list
  • General animal related information

Animal Services provides protection to people and animals and enrichment opportunities for the community.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Is there a leash law in Transylvania County?
A. Yes. Leash laws are effective in the City of Brevard and throughout Transylvania County.

Animal owners must contain their animals on their own property and when off of the property it must be restrained and controlled by a physical tether, or “leash”. Livestock are no exception and must remain on the owner’s property and physically controlled when off of the property.

Fines for nuisance, or leash violations begin at $50 and graduate to $500 for repeat offenders.

Q. How do I report an animal problem?

A. Animal Services will receive reports regarding any kind of animal problem or question. Call the Animal Services office if you feel you have an animal related problem. If Animal Services cannot assist, they will know who to refer you too.

    Q. How can I contact or visit the Animal Services Department and the Animal Shelter?

    A. Animal Services and the Animal Shelter is located at 1124 Old Rosman Highway, approximately 6 miles west of the City of Brevard off of 64 Highway.

    The Animal Shelter is open Tues. through Fri. from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. You may call Animal Services anytime and leave a message or call 911 if you feel you have an emergency.

    For more information, you can download an informational brochure about Animal Services here.

    Q. What is an emergency?

    A. Animal Services responds to emergency only calls after business hours.An emergency would include the following circumstances:

    • Animal bite to person
    • Severely injured animal
    • Aggressive animals presenting an immediate physical threat

    Q. How can I contact an Animal Services Officer?

    A. Animal Service Officers can be contacted by calling the animal shelter or 911 if you feel you have an emergency.

    Animal Services officers respond to routine animal related reports throughout the week and to emergencies only after hours and on Sunday, holidays and in inclement weather conditions.

    Q. How do I report animal cruelty?

    A. Report suspected cases of animal neglect or cruelty to Animal Services. Animal Services will accept anonymous calls regarding animal neglect and cruelty. Your name is not recorded on the report.

    Q. What is a Dangerous Dog?

    A. A Dangerous dog is one that has demonstrated one or more of the following:

    • Off of the owner’s property
    • Inflicted a bite that requires hospitalization
    • Inflicted severe injury or killed other animals
    • Approached a person in an apparent attitude of attack

    Fines for violation of Dangerous Dog regulations begin at $500 and may involve criminal charges. Keeping your dog on your property, neutered, socialized and under control avoids most Dangerous Dog problems. If you think a dog in your community might be a dangerous dog, call Animal Services for more information.

    Q. What is Rabies?

    A. Rabies is a fatal virus that affects both man and some animals. Unvaccinated dogs and cats are infected by wild, rabid animals and in turn, can infect a person. Vaccinating pets is the most effective and easiest way to protect you and your pets from infection. One year rabies vaccinations are available at the Animal Shelter for $10.

    For more information, you can download an informational brochure about Rabies here.

    Q. What kind of animals does the Animal Shelter take care of?

    A. State and local laws protect many species of animals besides dogs and cats. If you have a problem or need help for any animal, call Animal Services.

    Q. How do I adopt a pet?

    A. The animal shelter receives dogs, cats and other animals daily who are in need of a home. You can visit the animal shelter and visit the animals. Adoption fees for cats are $90, for dogs $110 and includes vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and testing for common diseases. Prices for other animals are variable.

    For more information, you can download an informational brochure about Pet Adoption here.

    Q. How do I volunteer at the Animal Shelter?

    A. The animal shelter welcomes volunteers! Applications are available at the shelter, can be faxed or emailed to you. Volunteers under 18 years of age will need to have their parent or guardian sign the form also and children under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian accompany them at the shelter.

    Q. Does my animal shelter euthanize animals?

    A. All animal shelters must address euthanasia on a regular basis. Most animals that must be euthanized in the animal shelter are very sick, injured or not safe for adoption. You can reduce the numbers of animals in shelters by spaying, neutering, socializing your pets and obeying leash laws.