Frequently Asked Questions
Dog barking may fall under the noise ordinance, which is enforced by the Sheriff’s Office. They can be contacted at (828) 464-3112.
Animal Services handles nuisance complaints, reports of bites and reports of animal cruelty. Call (828) 465-8228 to reach Animal Services.
If the animal is in the public right of way, call (828) 466-5519 regarding removal. If the deceased animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.
Notify Animal Services about injured or wounded domestic animals at (828) 465-8228.
Catawba County does not have a leash law. An animal can remain loose as long as it is on the owner’s property, displays a valid rabies vaccination tag, and is not a nuisance.
Contact Animal Services at (828) 465-8228.
Yes, all dogs and cats four months of age or older must be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and display a valid rabies tag.
Cat traps can be borrowed from the shelter during operating hours (Monday-Friday 11am-6pm or Saturday 10am-3pm). The refundable deposit for a cat trap is $25.00 (cash or check). You must sign a Trap Agreement form, and you can keep the trap for five business days. When the trap is returned in good condition, you will receive back your deposit. There are a limited number of traps available.
Dog traps will be brought to your location by an Animal Services Officer based on availability. Please call (828) 465-8228 to request a dog trap.
It is illegal in Catawba County to possess a dangerous exotic animal. This includes any member of the dog or cat family not customarily domesticated, any member of the bear family, primates, or elephants.
It is also illegal to harbor inherently dangerous reptiles including rear-fanged snakes, any venomous reptile, or members of the crocodile family. To learn more, read the County’s ordinance on dangerous exotic animals.