Iredell County Animal Services & Control
Please note, new phone number for Animal Related Complaints effective July 1, 2013!
Only emergencies are dispatched after hours, holidays, and some weekends.
What is an emergency?*
For general information about adoptions, lost animals, spay-neuter programs,
or other Animal Shelter-related matters
Animal Shelter Hours / Open to the Public:
Monday-Friday, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rabies Vaccination Clinic: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Holidays
The Animal Services & Control Department and Animal Shelter is located off Interstate 40 exit 148 at 430 Bristol Drive in
Animal Services & Control - Calendar of Events
Iredell County Animal Services & Control provides a wide variety of services aimed at protecting the public’s health and safety as it relates to the interaction between people and animals. This is accomplished through the enforcement of state and local animal control laws, public education, and by offering special programs and services.
Iredell County also operates an animal shelter where animals can be adopted, surrendered, and reclaimed by the public. Iredell County Animal Services & Control also offers rabies vaccinations, microchip identification, and spay/neutering for a reasonable fee.
Rabies is a disease caused by the rabies virus. It may take several weeks or even a few years for people to show symptoms after getting infected with rabies, but usually people start to show signs of the disease 1 to 3 months after the virus infects them. The early signs of rabies can be fever or headache, but this changes quickly to nervous system signs, such as confusion, sleepiness, or agitation. Once someone with rabies infection starts having these symptoms, that person usually does not survive. This is why it is very important to talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if any animal bites you, especially a wild animal. (From the Centers for Disease Control)
It is unlawful for any dog or cat owner to keep any dog or cat three (3) months of age or older unless such dog or cat has been immunized against rabies. Rabies shots can be obtained from a local veterinarian or at the Iredell County Animal Shelter. Immunized animals must wear a collar with a valid rabies vaccination tag any time the animal is off the owner’s property.
In order for your pet to receive a 3 year vaccination, you must bring proof of a current rabies vaccination to the rabies clinic on the 2nd Tuesday of the month between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Only a veterinarian can give a 3 year booster. Veterinarians are not available at the Animal Shelter during regular business hours.
REMEMBER: In Iredell County, there is a $75.00 citation per animal for owners who do not have their dog, cat or ferret immunized against rabies.
*Examples of emergency call types include situations where a person or animal’s life is in eminent danger such as:
- Aggressive or Suspected Rabid Animal
- Animal on Human Attack w/ Bite or Other Injury
- Animal Rescue Situation
- Animal Cruelty and/or Neglect Cases
- Injured Animal with Unknown Owner
- Providing Assistance to Law Enforcement
- Livestock Loose on Major Roadway