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Animal Control


The Burke County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division is made up of four sworn Deputies who have full powers of arrest and one non-sworn Shelter Coordinator. The division is tasked with responding to animal complaints throughout Burke County as well operating a shelter so house all animals that are picked up and/or turned in by the public.


Animal Control does not handle wildlife calls, those calls should be directed to the

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-800-662-7137.




The Burke County Board of Commissioners passed a revised animal ordinance at their regularly schedule May meeting. Below is a link to the new version of the ordinance which will take effect on August 1, 2017. 


Burke County Animal Control Ordinance Effective 08/01/17


Below is a link to the current animal control ordinance

which will remain in effect until July 31, 2017.


Current Burke County Animal Control Ordinance Effective until 07/31/17




Burke County Animal Control responds to all animal complaint calls in Burke County unless you live in the following locations in which case please contact the agency listed for your location:


City of Morganton

MDPS Animal Control: (828) 584-2627



City of Glen Alpine

Glen Alpine PD: (828) 584-7279


City of Valdese

Valdese Animal Control: (828) 879-2128

City of Rhodhiss

Rhodhiss Public Works: (828) 396-8400





Burke County Animal Shelter

425 Kirksey Drive

Morganton, NC 28655


Hours of Operations

Monday – Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 12:00pm

*The shelter is closed on most holidays and over long holiday weekends*


Phone: (828) 438-5465


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page to answer any questions you might have about turning an animal in, having an animal picked up, dropping one off, or getting an animal back.





Any state licensed facility may adopt animals from the Burke County Animal shelter, if you are with a state licensed facility please contact the shelter during normal business hours to schedule.


If are not with a state licensed facility but wish to adopt an animal from the shelter, you must do so through a state license facility. Currently the only state licensed facility in Burke County is Burke County Friends for Animals. Friends for Animals is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting animals and finding unwanted and abandoned animals homes.


Burke County Friends for Animals: (828) 433-1115





Burke County Spay/Neuter Campaign Resources



Additional Links:

R.E.A.S.O.N of Burke County


North Carolina Animal Welfare Section


North Carolina Animal Welfare Act


North Carolina Rabies Control Laws


North Carolina Laws Pertaining to Dog Bites