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Lee County Animal Services        1450 N. Horner Blvd            Sanford, NC 27330

ALL services require an appointment. Please call ahead to make sure we can serve you best. Call 919-776-7446 to schedule.

Stray animals are available for in-person viewing for reclaim purposes from 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday-Wednesday.

All animals are available for viewing on the website by clicking on "Animals Currently In the Lee County Shelter" below, under ADOPT or STRAY. Please view them prior to making an appointment to adopt. We look forward to serving you.

Between 10:00 am and 2:00pm on the following Saturdays animals will be available for adoption or rescue on a first come first serve basis, no appointments necessary.

  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16 
  • *Adoption process requires completion of our Adoption Contract. This requires your Veterinary Office’s signature/letter head verifying the new pet’s first appointment. If your Vet Office is closed on Saturday, you must bring a printed receipt from them showing you are an established client and have secured the first appointment for a new pet.*

Community feedback is a great way to ensure our services match what our clientele need. Please take this short survey and let us know your opinion. Your input matters! 

Los comentarios de la comunidad son una excelente manera de garantizar que nuestros servicios coincidan con las necesidades de nuestra clientela. Responda esta breve encuesta y háganos saber su opinión. ¡Su opinión importa!

Lee County Animal Shelter Customer Satisfaction Survey
Encuesta de satisfación del cliente del refugio de animales del condado de Lee

Business Hours for Lee County Animal Shelter:
Monday – Friday : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The shelter operates by appointment for all services.
To schedule an appointment please call 919-776-7446.

If you have found a stray animal in Lee County and cannot hold until intake hours are available or were involved in an animal bite situation -call the Lee County Sheriff Department Animal Control Unit at 919-775-5531.

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Mission Statement

The Lee County Animal Shelter is an open door county facility committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its people and pets. Our mission is to educate and provide resources to our public about County Animal Ordinances as well as North Carolina Animal Laws.

  • Collaborate with the Lee County Sheriff Office to assist in handling rabies investigations
  • Educate about pet overpopulation and promote spaying and neutering
  • Provide resources for low-cost veterinary care
  • Promote adoptions through our shelter and seek animal rescues to partner with us
  • Adopt to the public
  • Take in Lee County Residents’ owner surrendered dogs and cats
  • House stray cats and dogs found in Lee County
  • Euthanasia by request
  • Provide one-year rabies vaccinations


Rescue Sites and Lost & Found Sites
The Shelter's Webpage

Low cost spay and neuter clinics in the area and resources


We are always in need of donations, below are a list of items that we can always use. Please drop off all donations at the shelter during normal business hours. Our amazon Wishlist can be viewed here as well: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/JPXYPELFI1KB/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_3

  • Bleach
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dish Detergent
  • Dry & Canned Cat Food
  • Dry & Canned Dog Food
  • Clumping Cat Litter
  • Towels
  • Crates
  • Kennels
Cash or check are also acceptable forms of donation. Gift cards for any store that sells pet supplies is also very helpful. Thank you for considering our animals when you choose to donate to us!


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.

Contact Information

Contact Us: William Heath Cain
Phone : 919-718-4640