About Us


Micro-chipping may be the one thing that reunites you with your pet!  Ask your veterinarian about getting this done.  Never think that your pet will never be lost! Anything is possible and you don't want your pet stuck in a shelter when they could be easily reunited with you if they were chipped.


"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader, the center of his universe. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. "  -Anonymous

Adopting A Friend


These animals are deemed adoptable by shelter staff.  The staff at this shelter do what they can to get the animals to a happy home!  We don't put down animals just because their time is up.  As long as we have space, we do what we can to get them adopted or rescued!

Come see us to adopt your furry friend!  Our only requirement is that they go to a loving home. We encourage EACH ADOPTER to be responsible and have their pet spayed/neutered!  It's the ONLY way to END PET OVERPOPULATION!  Ask us about affordable options!

We have a high volume of animals coming in. What you see here may not still be available. Likewise, there are animals in the shelter not listed here. If you see something you want, don’t wait, go TODAY as it may not be there tomorrow.It's always best to go to the shelter and look.


-adoption fees are $35.00. This does not include any shots, deworming, etc. There is a mandatory $40.00 deposit also for spay/ neuter. When surgery is done, your deposit wioll be returned to you.

-you are required to abide by state law and provide documentation from a vet for a Rabies vaccine within 30 days.  Rabies vaccine is available at the shelter for $5.00.

-there is no adoption fee for 501c3 rescue groups with proper paperwork

Please be a solution, not a contributor to the pet over population problem! Have your pet spayed or neutered!! There are many low cost options in your area! Just ask!


Who We Are

We are a small, county run shelter and work under the Sheriff Department.  Our staff consists of three officers.  We are an animal control facility.

If you want to make a donation, feel free to do so.  We can always use dog/cat food, cat litter, treats, leashes, bleach, crates, paper towels, Dawn dish detergent, towels, rags,  etc. All donations may be dropped off at the shelter between 1:30pm - 4:30pm Monday - Friday. For larger donations or to drop off after hours, please call at (252) 641-4112 or (252) 641-7911.


If you are interested in pulling from our shelter, please email us at ctaylor@edgecombeco.com


Come Visit Us

We are located behind the old Edgecombe County Health Dept. at 2909 N Main St. in Tarboro.  Shelter hours are M - F 1:30pm - 4:30pm.

Contact Edgecombe County Animal Shelter


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