Harnett County,
North Carolina

Animal Services 

Welcome to Animal Services

The County of Harnett Animal Services mission is to protect the health and safety of citizens, advocate animal protection / welfare and promote the humane treatment of all animals.

Animal Services has two separate but equal divisions that work together to carry out our mission. Animal control efforts are concentrated on rabies control and public safety through enforcement of the County’s Animal Control Ordinance, capture of non-immunized dogs and cats, and gaining control of roaming livestock.

The Shelter division's efforts are concentrated on the special attention to safety, well-being and health of animals in the shelter’s charge. Additionally, the Shelter division oversees vaccination, adoptions and shelter volunteer programs.

Current Animal Services Operating Hours are 8am - 5 pm.

Shelter is open for Public Adoptions & Drop Offs on:

Mon, Tues, Th & Fri: 1 pm - 4 pm

Shelter is open for Public Adoptions Only on:

Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

1 Year Rabies Vaccination Given by appointment only!

Mon, Tues, Th & Fri: 11 am - 11:45 am

Currently, the staff consists of a Program Manager, four Officers, and two Shelter Attendants.

Animal Control Ordinance
The purpose of this ordinance is to protect citizens from rabies, regulate dogs and other nuisance animals, to insure humane treatment, and promote responsible pet ownership and animal welfare.

Important Announcements
State Vet Encourages Livestock Owners To Vaccinate Against Rabies

RALEIGH — State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is encouraging North Carolina livestock owners to consider having their animals vaccinated against rabies.

“This year we have seen five cases of rabies in livestock,” Dr. Meckes said. “Horses, cattle and goats are naturally curious animals, which puts them at risk for a bite if a rabid animal gets through their fence line.”

North Carolina averages about five livestock rabies cases per year. It is transmitted primarily in saliva through a bite. Livestock infected with rabies usually appear depressed, have a lack of appetite; difficulty eating, drinking or swallowing; profuse salivation; blindness; headpressing; circling; vocalization; fever; strained defecation; increased sexual excitement or activity; limp tail, anus, or tongue. Constant yawning, itching or nibbling may be a sign of rabies, too. Rabies can be associated with neurological problems such as incoordination, decreased muscle tone and reflexes, shifting lameness, or partial-to-complete paralysis. Horse owners should be aware that rabies can often mimic symptoms of colic in horses.

The incubation for rabies is between two weeks and six months. Once symptoms appear, the disease is almost always fatal.

Other ways to protect yourself and animals:

• Do not feed or attract wildlife to your yard or try to capture wild animals.

• Call your local animal control if you notice a nocturnal animal out during the day and demonstrating strange behavior such as no fear of humans or aggressive behavior.

• If you hunt, use gloves while skinning animals, particularly when handling nerve tissue or organs.

• If you are scratched or come into contract with the saliva of an animal you suspect was rabid, seek medical attention immediately.

Livestock owners should discuss with their veterinarians about the risk of rabies in their area and preventive vaccinations.


Important Announcement !!!

Equine Infectious Anemia Found in Mule

A 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County has contracted equine infectious anemia. The disease was discovered through a routine blood test by the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Raleigh and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is the first new case of EIA documented in North Carolina since 2005.

"The Johnston County facility is under a quarantine order that restricts movement of equine until further testing is completed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services," said Dr. Michael Neault, director of livestock and animal health programs. "Because the disease is not curable, the affected mule has been euthanized. The remaining equines at the facility were tested and were negative for EIA. They will be observed and retested in 60 days, and we are monitoring neighboring facilities for the disease."

EIA is an incurable disease most commonly spread between equines such as horses, mules and donkeys, in close proximity to biting flies and ticks. Clinical signs of EIA include fever, weakness, weight loss, anemia and edema, and death. However, affected equine may not show symptoms. All infected equine, including those that are asymptomatic, are carriers of the disease. The disease does not affect people. There are typically a small number of cases of EIA in the United States every year, although the disease is common in other parts of the world. EIA is controlled in the United States by regular testing before traveling across state lines and/or exhibition. The test for EIA is commonly called a Coggins test. There is no approved vaccine for EIA in the United States.

To help prevent infection, follow these guidelines:

- Use sterile, disposable needles and syringes, one per horse, for all vaccines and medications.

- Test all horses for EIA every year, and at the time they enter a new premises.

- Keep stables and other facilities sanitary. Regularly clean stalls and properly dispose of manure away from horse stabling areas.

- Implement approved insect controls, such as insecticides and good drainage of standing water, to minimize fly presence.

- Only participate in events that require evidence of negative Coggins test for every equine entering the event to prevent disease introduction and spread.

- Isolate new horses on a property until they are tested for EIA.

- Never mix infected and healthy animals. Do not breed horses infected with EIA.

- Follow state laws covering EIA. Equine owners who have concerns about their animal's health should contact their local veterinarian.

Want to know more about EIA? Lots of information is available. NCSU CVM has prepared a helpful fact sheet. You can access it by clicking here: http://www.ciclt.net/ul/ncvma/EquineInfectiousAnemiaFactSheet.pdf

For more information about EIA or other animal diseases in North Carolina, go to http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/DiseaseAlerts.htm. If you have questions, please email NCEquinePassport@ncagr.gov or call the NC Dept. of Agriculture Veterinary Division at 919-707-3250.

Information courtesy of NC Dept. of Agriculture and NCSU CVM


Cape Fear Fest

Animal Services will be in Lillington September 30, 2017 for the Cape Fear Fest offering 1 year rabies vaccinations at a cost of $ 6.00 and information material. The Animal Shelter will be open 9:30 am till 12:30 pm.


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