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Animal Services

In an effort to keep everone safe from COVID-19, we are open by appoiuntment only. After you go through our web site and find an animal you would like to adopt or see, please call our office to set an appointment. For surrendering an animal, call Animal Control for instructions at (919) 775-5531. We appologize for the inconvenience and we are still here to serve.  


Animals Currently In The Lee County Shelter


Report all lost and/or found pets to the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 919.775.5531 or use our online submission form here: Submit a Lost/Found Pet Report


Lee County Ordinances

Lee County Animal Services Ordinance



Mission Statement


The Lee County Animal Shelter is an open door, county facility committed to protect the health, safety and welfare of people and pets throughout the county by enforcing the North Carolina Rabies Law.



  • Handle rabies investigations

  • Educate about pet overpopulation and promote spaying and neutering

  • Promote adoptions through our shelter


  • Two rabies vaccination clinics per year

  • Times and dates are normally advertised on Sheriff Carter's Facebook page prior to the clinic



For animal related complaints or emergencies please call  the Lee Co Sheriff's Office at 919-775-5531 (24/7)


Rescue Sites and Lost & Found Sites

Low cost spay and neuter clinics in the area

  • Spay Neuter Assistance Program of the Carolinas 919-783-7627

  • Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills 910-692-3499

Donations: We are always in need of donations, below are a list of items that we can always use. Please drop off all donations to our shelter located at 1450 N. Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC

*We can also take both cash and checks for donations. Wal-Mart gift cards are also appreciated and very useful.

Pets don't ask for much—just a short list of basics such as food, shelter, veterinary care, and, of course, our companionship. But they offer us far more in return, teaching us about love, improving our emotional and physical health, and providing us with unconditional affection and friendship.

Adapted from the Humane Society of the United States’ website.