Here at Haywood County Animal Services, we aim to provide temporary shelter, needed medical care, and enrichment to the lost or unwanted animals of Haywood County. At our Jones Cove Road location, we work tirelessly to ensure our animals are well taken care of while they wait for their forever homes. We focus on the five freedoms of animal welfare:
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor
- Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to Express Normal Behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
- Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Haywood County Animal Services is an open admissions county facility operating under a managed intake system. This means we will not discriminate against breed, size, age, or temperament; however, the animal and owner must be current residents of Haywood County. A managed intake system utilizes triage and space availability to regulate the flow of animals through the shelter. Managing intake allows HCAS to maintain a live release rate above 90%.
Animals available for adoption through our Adoption Center are spayed/neutered, receive core vaccines and deworming, microchip or ear-tip, and flea/heartworm medication (when applicable). If you are interested in seeing our available animals, please click here, or visit our links to the right. If you have any questions about any of the animals available, you may also call 828-456-5338 ext. 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We’re happy to assist you!
Haywood County Animal Services places significant reliance on nearby rescue organizations to prevent overcrowding in our shelter. We partner with many rescues in western North Carolina along with a few specialized rescues and transport rescues that transfer to out of state rescue organizations.
Our partnership with rescue organizations and animal transfers has enabled us to care for more animals in need.
It's always heartwarming to see passionate individuals and organizations come together for a good cause. In this case, Haywood County Animal Services has been fortunate enough to have a multitude of wonderful partners in the community. Recently the past couple weeks Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Blue Ridge Humane Society have done a great service by pulling many animals from HCAS, thus allowing the shelter to take in animals from a waiting list.
Haywood Spay/Neuter and Operation Spay Haywood are also playing an integral role in preventing unwanted litters and lowering the number of homeless cats and kittens in the community. Misfit Mountain, Binx Home for Black Cat Rescue and Shelter Animal Transport Alliance are also worthy of recognition for their most recent efforts pulling several animals. Binx takes in those black cats that are harder to adopt out and Shelter Animal Transport Alliance transports shelter animals to different rescue organizations out of state.
It's important to remember that when you adopt from or support any of these groups, you're not only helping them but also opening up a spot for another animal in need. The Haywood County community is fortunate to have such dedicated individuals and organizations working towards a common goal.
Animal Rescue Organizations located in Haywood County:
Haywood Spay/Neuter (Haywood Animal Welfare Association)
Operation Spay Haywood (TNR) 828-550-1252
Lost and Found Pets
All lost and found pets should be reported to the Animal Services Department. You may also register a lost or found pet by clicking the Lost and Found links. Registered Lost/Found pets are compared against those in the shelter and owners are notified of possible matches.
Animal Services highly recommends owners visit the Animal Shelter every 2 to 3 days when searching for a lost pet. Pets do not always come into the shelter wearing their collars/ tags or otherwise do not appear to the staff as described by the owner. Visiting the shelter is the most effective way to find a lost pet. Lost/Found flyers can also be displayed at the shelter. Email flyers to Hollie.
Rabies Vaccine Clinics
All dogs and cats, four months old or older, must be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies vaccine clinics are held twice a year for one week every spring and fall at different locations throughout the county. For more information, please contact the Animal Services Department at 828-456-5338. There is also a wealth of information on rabies available on the web from the Epidemiology Division of North Carolina Public Health website, or from the federal Centers for Disease Services website.
All pets adopted from the Animal Services are sterilized (spayed or neutered). The adoption fees pay for the surgery. The county has appointed Haywood Spay/Neuter as its Spay/Neuter Program. Haywood Spay/Neuter operates a low-cost, income based spay/neuter program. They may be reached at 828-452-1329. Their hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday through Friday.
Animal Neglect & Abuse
To report animal abuse, call the Animal Services Office at 828-456-5338. Callers may remain anonymous; however, Animal Services will need to know the type of animal(s) involved, the type of neglect/abuse, and a detailed description of the property and/or owner information.
Animal Bites & Scratches
Every animal which has bitten any person should be reported to the Animal Services Officer and Health Director. All such dogs and cats will be securely quarantined at the direction of the responding Animal Service Officer, for a period of ten days, and not released from the quarantine except by written permission from the Animal Services Officer and/or County Health Director. Animal bites that are treated at a medical facility are automatically reported either to the Animal Services Department or the Health Department. Animals may be quarantined at the owner’s home, veterinarian’s office, or at the shelter depending upon vaccination history and circumstances of the bite.
Animal bites and/or attacks that occur after hours may be reported to Animal Services by contacting the Haywood County Emergency Operations at 828-452-6600. An on-call Animal Services Officer is available after hours for emergency situations. For further information, contact the Animal Services Office at 828-456-5338.
It is unlawful for any owner to permit animals to run at large. All animals must be under restraint by means of chain, leash or other like device, sufficiently near the owner or handler to be under his or her direct control, on or within a vehicle being driven or parked, within a secure enclosure such as a fence, or within the property limits of the owner or keeper. Animals allowed to run loose and create a public nuisance should be reported to the Animal Services Department at 828-456-5338. An Animal Services Officer will investigate the complaint. To file a complaint, the Animal Services Officer will need a detailed description of the animal(s), owner information, and property location.