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Rowan County Animal Shelter is an open-admission municipal shelter located in Salisbury, North Carolina. Their mission is to protect the rights of all animals while finding them forever homes. They work toward helping both animals and humans live in harmony without animal rights abuses or dangers.
Rowan County Animal Shelter houses dogs and cats only, and most were brought in as strays. However, they have a 72-hour hold policy in case the pet’s owner comes in looking for them. If no one comes after 72 hours, the animal is put up for adoption.
The adoption process at Rowan County Animal Shelter is as follows:
Adoption waiting list forms are located here.
Adoption fees at Rowan County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, deworming, microchipping, and flea control. If your new dog or cat hasn't been spayed/neutered, they provide a voucher worth $70 toward their surgery.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.