Animal Services

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On August 5, 2019, Burke County Animal Services became its own department under the County Manager.

We are the county-operated and tax-funded Animal Services Center for Burke County, North Carolina.  Our goal is to reunite these animals with their owners. For animals who are not returned to their owners, we aim to have all adoptable animals placed into suitable homes or transferred to rescue groups where they may be adopted.

For owners wishing to rehome their pets, we do accept owner surrenders as space allows. Owners looking to rehome their pets may be asked to schedule an appointment for surrender if space does not allow us to immediately intake their animals. This "managed intake model" allows us to save more lives and find more pets their forever homes.

All cat & kitten adoptions include spay/neuter, a 1 year rabies vaccine (if age-appropriate), standard core preventative vaccines (FVRCP), a monthly flea preventative, and dewormer as needed.

All dog & puppy adoptions include spay/neuter, a 1 year rabies vaccine (if age-appropriate), standard core preventative vaccines (DHPP & Bordetella), a monthly flea preventative, and dewormer as needed.

Please view our fee schedule (PDF) for a list of fees

Burke County Animal Services Foundation Information

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Want to help shelter pets or rescued animals?  

Donations for shelter pets or seized animals’ medical care and food are always accepted by the Animal Services Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit that supports the Burke County Animal Shelter. 

Citizens may donate securely via PayPal on the Foundation’s website: www.burkecountyanimalservicesfoundation.com, or by a check payable to ASFI, mailed to P.O. Box 52, Morganton, NC 28680 or dropped off at the Burke County Animal Shelter, 425 Kirksey Drive in Morganton, Tuesdays - Saturdays.

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