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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 to 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.




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 or Non-Profit Rescue/Adoption Group may be eligible to adopt animals from the Burke County Animal shelter. Please contact the shelter during normal business hours to obtain an application or a copy can be found in the forms section at the bottom of this page.


The public are eligible to adopt animals from the Burke County Animal Shelter if they have paid the adoptions fees, completed an adoption application, and been approved for adoption. Applications can be obtained at the Animal Shelter or a copy can be found in the forms section at the bottom of this page




Burke County Spay/Neuter Campaign Resources



Additional Links:

Burke County Animal Ordinance


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




Non-Profit Rescue/Adoption Group Application


Animal Adoption Contract