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About the City Animal Shelter

Welcome to the City of Rocky Mount Animal Shelter. The Animal Control Unit was formed to maintain stray, diseased, nuisance and at large animals within the corporate limits of Rocky Mount. Such animals are a nuisance to society and pose threats to the health of the community and to the safety of persons and property alike. Animal Control Officers have the responsibility to abate and control these nuisances through enforcement of city ordinances and North Carolina state statutes. The Animal Control Unit consists of three Animal Control Officers, one Supervisor, and is under direct supervision of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Location and Hours

The Rocky Mount Animal Shelter is located at 1101 North Church Street between the Tar River Bridge and the Highway 64 Bypass. Hours of operation are from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday - Friday. An Animal Control Officer is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may contact the Animal Shelter directly during regular business hours (252) 972-1390, or contact the Rocky Mount Police Department for after hour emergencies (252) 972-1411.



Animal Control educates, provides leadership, and offers advice for the citizens of Rocky Mount. This education is offered through lectures, videos, and demonstrations to school children, community groups, and clubs. The Animal Control Unit also educates through the Rocky Mount Police Department's Citizens Police Academy where city ordinances and Animal Control procedures are discussed and taught. Tours of the Animal Shelter are also available by calling the Animal Shelter for an appointment.

Animal Control Services

The Animal Control Unit offers a variety of services for the community. Some of these services include retrieving stray animals that destroy public and private property, animals that run at large, or pose health or traffic hazards, or animals that may pose a threat to themselves or others. The Animal Control Unit also offers the following:
  • The setting of traps upon request for a variety of domestic and wild animals as long as traps remain available.
  • Enforcement to ensure compliance of rabies shots for dogs and cats.
  • Investigate complaints of Animal Cruelty and Dog Bites.
  • Provide protection for animal owners as well as non-animal owners through the enforcement of state statutes and local city ordinances.
  • Ensuring humane treatment for all animals.
  • Euthanasia of animals that are injured or that comply with state guidelines.

Animal Complaints Online

To file an animal complaint or to request a trap you may fill out the below form or contact the Animal Control Unit directly (252) 972-1390. For after hour animal complaints that are non-emergency, leave a message. For after hour emergencies or for immediate assistance, contact the Rocky Mount Police Department (252) 972-1411.


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