Gaston County Animal Control

Gaston County Animal Control Website

Current GCAC Listing of ALL pets at this shelter
Current GCAC Listing of pets in danger of being euthanized (These pets must be pulled by a RESCUE GROUP)
Current GCAC Listing of pets available for adoption

Adopt - Don't Buy!

We are open for adoptions Monday - Wednesday 11:00am-6pm, Thursday and Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10:00am-2:00pm. The animals HOPE to see you there!

SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET!! Sadly, because of pet overpopulation, it's extremely difficult to find homes for all of the UNWANTED pets that are brought into the shelter. By spaying and neutering your pets, you can prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens that may not find homes and will have to be euthanized. Please help prevent pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Check out these websites for information on low cost spay/neuter options:
  • FREE Spay/Neuter in Gaston County (Must be Gaston County Resident)
  • Gaston Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic
  • Humane Alliance, Asheville
  • Animal Allies, Spartanburg, SC
  • Charlotte Humane Society (Do not have to be resident)
  • FREE Spay/Neuter Charlotte/Mecklenburg (Must be Char/Meck Resident)
  • ASPCA FREE Spay/Neuter Clinic Search
  • Friends of Animals Spay/Neuter Certificates
  • Friends of Feral Felines (Feral Cats Only)
  • Spay USA
  • Spay NC Helpline
  • Who We Are

    The Gaston County Department of Animal Control was established to provide for the health and safety of citizens and protect them from animals and the threat of animals. The mission of Animal Control is not only to enhance the safety of citizens, but also to ensure the proper care and treatment of animals. This is accomplished through animal-related services which reflect our professionalism and a concern for responsible pet ownership. One such service is the Pet Adoption Program. Animal Control became a Division of the County Police Department on September 18, 1995.

    Adopting a friend

    In an effort to promote the adoption of healthier animals and to help reduce the number of unwanted litters, area veterinarians, the Gaston Humane Society and Animal Control have joined to support an adoption-medical contract to achieve these goals. Selective dogs and cats are available for an adoption fee of $90.00 for dogs and $75.00 for cats. Pets will receive specific health services, including spaying or neutering, from a local participating veterinarian of your choosing.

    Adoptable pets are available on a first come - first serve basis. On the chance that these may no longer be available, Animal Control staff encourages anyone interested in adopting a pet to come by the Animal Shelter and view all available adoption pets. Pets can be adopted during regular operating hours: Monday - Wednesday 11:00am-6:00pm, Thursday and Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, and the First Saturday of the Month 10:00am-2:00pm. Closed other Saturdays and Sundays

    Adoption Procedures: Pets marked as ADOPTABLE GOLD OR ADOPTABLE on the GCAC website are adopted under an adoption-medical contract which includes a physical examination, DHLP and parvo vaccination for dogs, FVRCP vaccination for cats, worm check and worming for dogs, rabies vaccination, heartworm check for dogs, county license, and mandatory spay or neuter.

    Veterinarians that participate in the program are:
  • All Creatures Pet Hospital
  • Applewood Veterinary Hospital
  • Carolina Cat Clinic
  • Cherryville Animal Hospital
  • Crossroads Animal Hospital
  • Dickson Animal Clinic
  • Eastridge Animal Hospital
  • Forestbrook Animal Healthcare
  • Gaston Veterinary Hospital
  • Grace Animal Hospital
  • Lineberger Veterinary Hospital
  • Phillips Animal Medical Hospital
  • South Point Pet Hospital
  • The Pet Hospital
  • Wilkinson Animal Hospital
  • Animal Control delivers the adopted pet to the Veterinarian Clinic of choice, and the adopter picks their pet up at the veterinarian's office.

    Please call 704-922-8677 and press option #2 for additional information concerning adoptions.

    Rescue Procedures: Pets marked as "AVAILABLE TO RESCUE/HUMANE GROUPS" on the GCAC website can be pulled by 501c3 rescue groups.

    Come Visit Us!

    Monday - Wednesday 11:00am-6pm, Thursday and Friday 11:00am-5:00pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10:00am-2:00pm First Saturday of the Month 10:00am-2:00pm. Closed other Saturdays and Sundays

    We are located at 220 Leisure Lane, in Dallas, North Carolina. From I-85, take exit 17, to Hwy 321 North, to Hwy 279 West (Cherryville), turn right at light, go through 3 traffic signals, turn left onto Leisure Lane beside Gaston County Agricultural Center, shelter is located on right, across the street from the tennis courts, inside Biggerstaff Park.

    Gaston County Animal Control
    220 Leisure Lane
    Dallas, NC 28034
    Phone: 704-922-8677 press option #2
    Click here to visit the Gaston County Animal Control Website!

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