Surry County Animal Shelter

Dobson, North Carolina

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About Surry County Animal Shelter (Sheriff's Office)

Surry County Animal Shelter is operated by the Surry County Animal Control Department, which falls under the purview of the Sheriff's Office. Learning to respect and safely share the same land are pillars of animal advocacy, especially when it comes to wild species so abundant in Surry.

Surry County Animal Shelter's website welcomes you to a grand variety of pets looking to be adopted, with all pets listed on Petfinder.

About Surry Animal Rescue

In addition to Surry County Animal Shelter, you can find animals for adoption at Surry Animal Rescue. They're a state-certified non-profit volunteer organization that operates solely on donations from adoptions and other resources. They rescue animals from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and euthanasia by providing medical care and foster home placement until loving, permanent homes can be found.

Animals available for adoption at Surry Animal Rescue are viewable on their website.

The remainder of this article is about the process at Surry Animal Rescue.

Contact Info

172 County Home Rd
(336) 401-8481

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

Adoption Process At Surry Animal Rescue

The adoption process in the Surry Animal Rescue is as follows:

  1. First up is the application process. If you have other pets, you're required to prove they're up-to-date on vaccinations. Surry Animal Rescue may also request a home visit (or at least see some pictures of your home) to make sure your living conditions are suitable for pet ownership.
  2. The application review/verification process can take up to 7 business days, so it’s important to be patient and understand that as anxious as you might be to play with your new best friend, it's important that the shelter's staff takes the necessary precautions to ensure a successful adoption.
  3. Once your application is approved, you can pick up your new pet and bring them home.

Additional notes about the adoption process:

  • You must be at least 21 years old and financially independent.
  • If you're a renter, you must also provide landlord approval.
  • Have you always dreamed of having a huge doggo as a pet companion? Surry Animal Rescue will require you to have a fenced-in backyard before taking that big mutt home with you.
  • Under no circumstances will Surry Animal Rescue approve an adoption application if a new adopter prospect has animal cruelty records.

Adoption applications are located here.

Adoption Fees At Surry Animal Rescue

Adoption fees at Surry Animal Rescue are as follows:


  • Purebred: From $250
  • Mixed breeds: From $175


  • Kittens: $100
  • Adults: $100

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, a wellness exam, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, heartworm testing and protection, flea control, and FelV/FIV testing for cats.

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Surry County Animal Shelter
North Carolina
directly using the contact info above.

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