Community Pet Center

Our Adoptable Pet List

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Pets listed on our petfinder page are in foster care or are courtesy listings and are available for adoption through the Community Pet Center. If you are interested in any of these pets, please contact the email address and phone number listed on the pet's profile. All New Leash on Life inquiries should be sent to New Leash on Life and Community Pet Center adoption applications can be downloaded here.

Pets listed on the RCAC website are available at the Animal Shelter on Laurel Hill Drive.

To view pets available at Rutherford County Animal Control go to

Rutherford County Animal Shelter

and click on Adoptable Cats/Dogs and Lost Cats/Dogs.

Our Adoptable Pet List

Click here to see our Happy Tails!

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Donations to our organization can be sent to PO Box 623 Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Your donations will be used to spay and neuter pets, provide food and medical care for foster animals and continue our education and outreach programs.

Who We Are

The Community Pet Center is a non-profit organization that has maintained an active presence at Rutherforfeatd County Animal Control since 1998. Our Volunteer Office is open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 12-4. Closed Thursday and open Friday from 10-2 to aid in adoptions, rescues and education. While maintaining our volunteer office here at Animal Control, we also provide a foster program for shelter animals. All foster animals must be checked out by a veterinarian, up-to-date on vaccines and spayed/neutered.

Our mission is to safeguard and promote the adoption or rescue of animals, to provide education to the community about responsible pet ownership and to reduce pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia through spay and neuter programs. In the past 10 years, almost 50,000 animals have been destroyed in Rutherford County. Our goals include: 1. Reducing the number of homeless animals by: decreasing the annual euthanization rate from the previous year (based on intake); increasing the annual adoption, rescue and re-homing rates from the previous year; increasing spay and neuter surgeries from 500 to 700 to 1,000 over the next two years. 2. Encouraging increased enforcement and prosecution of existing laws for animal cruelty. 3. Raising public awareness about animal welfare through education. 4. Increasing financial support from the community and encouraging active responsible membership.

Adopting a friend

If you are interested in adopting, come to the Rutherford County Animal Control Facility and check out the many adoptable animals we have. We have many mixed-breed dogs and cats, and we very often also have pure-bred animals. We get new animals in daily, so check back often. If you are interested in something specific, leave your name and phone number with our volunteers and we will put you on our Wish List and call you if an animal comes in that matches your needs. Also, check out the animals listed on the adoptable page. If you are interested in any of the animals posted on the website, contact the person listed under the pet for more information.

Come Visit Us!

We are located in Rutherfordton, NC about 1 hour from both Asheville and Charlotte. Enter your starting point information into the Mapquest form below to obtain directions from your location to our Facility.

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Rutherford County Animal Control Facility and the Community Pet Center
578 Laurel Hill Drive

Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Phone: 828-287-7738

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