Animal Services

Dog running in field

The Wake County Animal Center strives to create a humane community for the pets and people that live here. 
As the only open admission shelter in the county, we take in all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in Wake County. Together, with community partners, we treat and re-home thousands of homeless animals every year.

MISSION STATEMENT: Determined to make a difference for the animals and citizens of Wake County thru adoption, education, enforcement and community partnership. 

FIVE FREEDOMS – Based on the Brambell Report in 1965, these principles are relevant to the welfare of any animal species. The Wake County Animal Center focuses on meeting these Five Freedoms for animals in our care:
  • 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

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Gray cat in cubby

Contact Us

919-212-PETS (7387)

[email protected]

Management Team

Hours:

  • Adoption Floor: Noon–6 p.m., seven days a week
  • Office: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.