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Jackson County Animal Shelter (NC)

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Jackson County, NC (Sylva, Cullowhee, Whittier, Dillsboro, Webster, Tuckasegee, Little Canada, Cashiers, and parts of Balsam and Cherokee.

About Our Shelter:


The Jackson County Animal Shelter is run through the Environmental Health Section of the Jackson County Health Department. The Jackson County Animal Shelter is located 2 miles from the main entrance of Western Carolina University.

The main purpose of the animal shelter is animal control and protecting public health by enforcing state rabies laws. The shelter also does stray pick-ups, handles animal bites and provides adoption services. Animal Control does work animal cruelty & neglect cases. Animal control does not handle wildlife issues.

The Animal Shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We are closed on these days from 12 noon until 2:00pm. If you need to report a animal bite after hours, please contact the Jackson County Dispatch at 828-586-1911 to have an animal control officer paged.

Because we handle dogs for the entire county, we do euthanize pets. Before surrendering your pet to us, make sure you've tried other options. Spaying or neutering your pet makes it much more adoptable and decreases pet overpopulation. ARF can help with low-cost adoption services, and can also help get it the care it needs so you foster your own pet until it is adopted.

Come Meet our Pets:

The Animal Shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We are closed on these days from noon until 2pm.

Our shelter is 463 Airport Rd next to the Jackson County Municipal Airport:,+Sylva,+Jackson,+North+Carolina+28779&gl=us&t=h&z=16

Our Adoption Process:

Adopting an Animal

Adopting an animal usually costs $70 for dogs and $55 for cats. This fee includes a voucher for spay and neuter at selected veterinarians, a rabies vaccine, and a processing fee. (You will receive a coupon to present to your veterinarian). Fees are reduced for animals that have already been spayed / neutered and / or received a rabies vaccination. Many puppies have also received a distemper/ parvo vaccine courtesy of ARF (Humane Society of Jackson County).

To adopt an animal, you must provide your driver's license and physical address.

All dogs and puppies must leave the shelter with a collar and leash; you can purchase those items at the shelter or bring them with you when come to adopt.

All cats and kittens must leave the shelter in a carrier; please bring one with you when you come to adopt.

The following is a partial list of veterinarians who can spay your pet (please call to find out if additional charges will apply):
◾Jackson County Veterinary Associates (828) 586-8383
◾Sylva Animal Hospital (828) 586-8587
◾Cope Creek Animal Clinic (828) 586-3534
◾Cashiers Village Vet (828) 743-5656
◾Asheville Humane Alliance through ARF (Read about monthly spay trips sponsored by ARF at 877-ARF-JCNC or 877-273-5262)

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.