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 The Animal Services Division is part of the Chatham County Public Health Department.


Chatham County Seeks Veterinarian Applicants for Animal Appeals Board


Do you have an interest in legal processes and animal welfare? Come join the Animal Appeals Board and help make long lasting decisions on behalf of the animals in Chatham County. Most cases heard by the board relate to determining if a dog is classified as dangerous or potentially dangerous.

The Animals Appeals Board currently has one veterinarian position available with a four-year commitment.

The Animal Appeals Board has hearings based upon request and are heard on the second Thursday of each month as appeals are requested. These hearings can last anywhere between one to two hours long. A package with case information is sent to Animal Appeal Board Members in advance so members can be prepared for hearings.

For questions or more information, please contact Celia Brooks at (919) 542-8294 or by email at

The deadline to apply is July 10, 2018.  A copy of the application form is below:

RETURN FORMS TO: Celia Brooks at PO Box 130. Pittsboro, NC 27312 or by Fax to 919-542-8288 or email:


Please ensure that your pet receives proper veterinary care, including the one year and three year rabies vaccinations when they are due. Talk to your veterinarian.


 • Find Pets to Adopt & Strays Found

 • Animal Shelter Hours & Location

 • Fees for Citations, Redemption & Boarding

 • Animal Services Ordinance & Fact Sheets

 • Meetings of the Stakeholders Committee & Appeals Board 

 Visit us on Facebook where we update with animal photos
 Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Program

 Prepare pets for natural disasters 

 Our Mission

 • Our Services & Programs
  Contact Information
 • Important Links to Additional Information
 • Community Survey for Health Dept.
 Customer Feedback Form (Spanish version also)



Click here to view animals available for adoption or waiting to be reclaimed.



Day  Monday     Tuesday    Wednesday Thursday    Friday        Saturday   Sunday
Hours 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 11am-4pm 8am-noon  Closed
Services Offered Adoptions
& Intake
& Intake
& Intake
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& Intake 

ADDRESS:  725 Renaissance Drive, west of Pittsboro off of US 64

NOTE: We do not intake animals on Saturdays. However, we are open for adoptions.


Citation Fees:
First Offense: $100 
Second Offense: $200 
Third Offense: $300

Redemption Fee (reclaimed animals held at the shelter)
$50 (note: an additional $15 per day boarding fee is required)

IMPORTANT!  All animals 4 months of age or older redeemed from the shelter by the owner must provide a current rabies vaccination certificate. If they are unable to provide proof, the animal will be vaccinated for a $10 fee payable at the time of reclaim.



Chatham County offers a low-cost Spay and Neuter voucher to residents that qualify. To request more information on qualifications for each household, please call 919-542-7203
  • Click here for the Spay/Neuter Program flyer.
  • Click here for the Spay/Neuter program application. 

To view monthly and annual reports, click here.




Click here to learn how to prepare your pets for a disaster. Click here for the Spanish version. 

To make available the following services to everyone in Chatham County: 

  • Provide comprehensive and humane animal control and sheltering services to everyone in Chatham County, using ‘best practices'.
  • Protect the public against rabies and other animal-related diseases, dangerous and vicious dogs, and damage and loss caused by dogs and cats
  • Protect animals from neglect and abuse
  • Provide free pickup and impoundment of stray and surrendered dogs and cats
  • Provide humane sheltering, adoption, rescue and euthanasia programs for impounded dogs and cats
  • Provide emergency and disaster response for animals
  • Provide educational programs for the public.  


  • Dog and cat bite management
  • Wildlife rabies incident investigation and follow-through
  • Free pickup of stray and homeless dogs and cats
  • Quarterly low-cost rabies vaccination clinics
  • Protection against “dangerous” and “vicious” dogs, based on reports
  • Animal nuisance investigation and reduction
  • Investigation and remediation of neglect and abuse
  • Humane sheltering of homeless and other dogs and cats
  • Animal adoption and rescue programs, including partnerships with community rescue and adoption groups
  • Humane euthanasia when necessary
  • Veterinary care for shelter animals through contracted services
  • After-hours emergency response
  • Animal disaster response (natural and man-made disasters)
  • Educational programs for school-aged children and the general public on animal care, the need for spaying and neutering, and related topics 



PHONE: For animal complaints or information, please call 919-542-7203.

MAILING ADDRESS: Chatham Animal Services, 725 Renaissance Drive, Pittsboro, NC 27312  


Please note: In keeping with the NC Public Records Law, e-mails, including attachments, may be released to others upon request for inspection and copying.


Please click here to take Chatham County Public Health Department’s Community Survey. Encuesta en la Comunidad


The Chatham County Public Health Department wants to hear from you! The health department now has  a customer satisfaction survey available online. Click here to give us feedback.

Encuesta de Satisfacción del Cliente para el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Chatham  

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