Q.Where is LCAS located and what are the hours of operation?
We are located at 1450 N. Horner Blvd Sanford, NC 27330
Our hours of operation are M-F 8am-5pm.
Drop off is between 8:30am - 4:00pm
Our phone number is 919-776-7446 and our fax number is 919-718-1426.
Q.Who do I contact for an after hours emergency and what constitutes an emergency?
For after hours emergencies, please contact the Sanford Police Department at 919-775-8268 if you live in the city limits or the Lee County Sheriff's Department at 919-775-5531 if you live in Lee County outside of the city limits.
Our officers will respond to calls after hours for the following things:
Q.What does LCAS do?
The Shelter staff maintains our shelter facility where all of our animals are kept and where the public can come to drop off animals or adopt a new pet. We also work with local and out of state rescues in order to try to find homes for the animals in our shelter.
Q.What do I do if I get attacked or bitten by an animal?
Please contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office immediately if you are bitten by any animal at 919-775-5531 to report the bite and try to locate the owner of the animal if possible. Then seek medical attention if the skin has been broken.
Q.Do we provide any medical treatment for the animals at our shelter?
We do not have a vet on staff or on retainer so we are unable to provide any medical treatment for sick or injured animals. We operate on a limited budget, we are also unable to provide any vaccinations to the animals at the shelter, except for the rabies vaccination. This vaccination is provided for $10.00 to pets adopted or rescured from our facility. If the animal that comes in is severely injured or sick, it may need to be humanely euthanized immediately for the sake of the animal so that it does not suffer.
Q.How long do we hold animals at the shelter?
North Carolina state law requires us to hold owner surrendered animals for 24 hours and stray animals for 72 hours. However, if space permits and the animal is adoptable, we will hold onto the animal as long as possible in hopes of it getting adopted or into a rescue group. If the animal does not get adopted, it will be humanely euthanized.
Q.What is the adoption process and how much does it cost to adopt an animal from LCAS?
We do not charge a fee to adopt animals from our shelter. We do require that an adoption form be taken to a vet's office and that you pre-pay for the animal's spay or neuter, microchip, rabies shot, and vaccinations. The form must be completed by a veterinarian. Once the form is completed and the procedures are paid for, the adoption form is brought back to the shelter within the 2 hour time frame. The animal will be released for adoption. Most of the local vet's offices in town offer a discount for these services for animals adopted from our shelter. If you do not comply with the contract, the Sheriff's Department will be notified, the animal will be reclaimed, and a citation may be given.
Q.What kinds of animals do we take into our shelter?
We primarily take in dogs and cats but do take in other small mammals on occasion such as rabbits and guinea pigs. We do not take in horses or other livestock.
Q.Who do I call if I find a wild animal or have issues with wildlife?
If you have issues with wildlife or find an injured wild animal you can call NC Wildlife at 1-800-662-7137 or the Wildlife rescue Center at San-Lee Park at 919-776-6221.
Q.What do I do about unwanted stray animals on my property?
Please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (919) 775-5531 to come out to pick up the animal. If the animal cannot be caught, you will need to sign a trapping agreement with the Lee County Sherrif's Office and they will bring a trap to your property to try to catch the animal and then pick up the trap when the animal is contained.
Q.Who can drop off animals to LCAS and is there a fee?
Any resident of Lee County can drop an animal off with proof of Lee County residency. There is never a fee for this service.
Q.What do I do if I have lost my pet?
Please contact the Lee County Animal Shelter at (919) 776-7446 as soon as possible. We can fill out a lost animal form if the animal is not here at the shelter. You can also fill out a missing pet report online HERE. We can contact you if the animal is found. If you lose your pet and the shelter is closed, please call us and leave us a message with your name, phone number, address, description of the animal and when you last saw it so that we have all the appropriate information. We also recommend that you contact the local vet's offices and check the newspaper in the 'Found Animals' section to see if your pet has been located. aYou may want to post signs in your neighborhood as well. Of course we encourage you to keep a collar and tags on your pet or have it micro chipped so that if it does get lost, it can be returned to you.
Q.What do I do if I have found a dog or cat?
The Lee County Ordinances state that all strays must be reported to the Sheriff Dept. (919)775-5531 or brought to the Lee County Animal Shelter at: 1450 N. Horner Blvd. Sanford NC 27330.
Q.If I find my animal at LCAS is there a fine for me to get it back?
If the Sheriff's Department picks up your animal it can be reclaimed but there is a fee. The owner will be charged $10.00 a day for each day that the animal is held at our shelter and a $20.00 processing fee. The owner must also provide proof of ownership (pictures, videos, or vet records). If it is not current on rabies vaccination, the owner will have 72 hours to get the animal vaccinated.
Q.Does LCAS pick up injured animals on the side of the road?
Please call the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 919-775-5531 to pick up dogs that are injured in Lee County M-F during regular business hours. If the animal that comes in is severely injured, it may be humanely euthanized immediately to prevent any further suffering. Dead animals will not be collected.
Q.Who picks up dead animals in Lee County?
LCAS does not pick up dead animals in Lee County. Dead animals located on public property or on city streets are picked up by the City of Sanford, 919-775-8247. Dead animals located on highways and county roads are picked up by NCDOT, 919-775-3122. Dead animals located on private property are the responsibility of the property owner.
Q.What vaccines are required by law?
The only vaccine that is required by law is a Rabies vaccination. All domestic animals are required to have rabies vaccines and you must keep proof of rabies vaccinations for all animals and you must be able to show proof of the vaccine at any time. It is also recommended that you keep the rabies tag for your animals on their collars.
Q.Does LCAS provide Rabies vaccinations?
Rabies vaccinations can be administered to adopted animals. Also, we do try to hold two rabies clinics a year at our shelter where a local vet will come out to provide rabies vaccines at lower cost. These events are advertised in the local newspaper ahead of time so that the public has notice.
Q.Does LCAS investigate animal cruelty cases?
Cases of animal cruelty are investigated by the Lee County Sherif'fs Office. They may be reached at 919-775-5531. Also, the general public has the right to bring an animal cruelty case to the Magistrate's office to file charges against someone.
Q.Are there leash laws in Lee County?
There are leash laws within the city limits of Sanford but not in Lee County. All dogs in the city limits must be on a leash, in a fence, or tied and not be free to roam the city at large. Animals in the county, although not required to be confined, must not cause a nuisance to other property owners and/or be allowed to harm livestock. If animals within the city or county are creating a public nuisance, a warning will be given to the owner the first time and after that the owner will be issued citations Lee County Ordinances
Q.How can I make donations to LCAS?
We are always in need of donations and can take items as well as monetary donations. However, gift certificates to places like Wal-Mart where we can buy supplies and items donated are much easier for us to utilize then cash. Any donations, no matter how small are greatly appreciated. The following is a list of items that we can always use:
Q.Is there a SPCA in Lee County?
There is no SPCA in Lee County. There are several local rescues in the area and we work with them as well as rescues out of state to try to get our animals adopted. Please do check out these rescue links as well.