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From now until 2022, all adoptions are free!

You can give the gift of life by adopting a shelter pet today! Please note that the adoption center will be closed from December 23rd through December 27th. 

December Adoption Center hours:

December 22nd - 10:00a - 4:00p

December 23rd - 27th - Closed

December 28th   - 10:00a - 4:00p

December 29th   - 10:00a - 4:00p

December 30th   - 10:00a - 4:00p

December 31st   - Closed

​Mission and Vision

The mission of the Cleveland County Animal Services Department is to protect the health and safety of our residents; promote humane care and prevent cruel treatment of animals; and work to reduce the number of stray and homeless animals in our county. 

Our vision is to end homelessness of companion animals, where none will suffer neglect or abuse, while being a fiscally responsible organization, and preserving the safety, security and welfare of our residents. 

We commit to improve communications with both internal and external clients in an expeditious, thorough and professional manner. We will place emphasis on “at-risk” animals developing strategies based off carefully reviewed data. We will evaluate new programs and services and re-evaluate current ones to ensure we are addressing community animals needs. We will collaborate with other industry leaders and gather information regarding innovative shelter practices. 

We value an environment where teamwork is paramount, ideas are welcomed, creativity is encouraged and successes are celebrated.

Notes from Home

Ready to laugh, cry and smile from ear to ear? Read about some of our adoption success stories from thankful pet parents. If you adopted an animal from our shelter we would love to hear from you! You can email us at animal.shelter@clevelandcountync.com

At the end of your leash?


Life is unpredictable and you may be facing a situation in which you feel that giving up your pet is the only solution. Before you do, let us know how we can help.


Click below to view the shelter's surrender process and where you might find additional resources. 




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Community Cat Surgeries 
Do you have homeless cats in your neighborhood? Would you like help providing them with spay or neuter services? We can help! Contact our Community Cat Coordinator at 704-472-6091


All scheduled events have been suspended until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.