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Animal Control & Services

How to contact the Durham County Animal Control Department and the Animal Shelter.

General Information

Animal control and related services in Durham County are provided by the Durham County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Division.

Rabies vaccinations and licenses are required for all cats and dogs over 4 months old. North Carolina State Law (NCGS I30A-I90) also requires that dogs and cats shall wear rabies tags at all times. Animals coming into the state must be vaccinated for rabies and registered within 30 days. Annual license fees may vary but are higher for unsterilized animals; penalty for unvaccinated and/or unregistered animals. Leash laws are in effect.

Durham County Sheriff's Office Animal Services Division

3005 Glenn Road Durham, NC 27704

Phone: 919-560-0900 All requests for service must be made to the Sheriff's Office Communications Center.

Contact Captain W.M. Oakley III or Lt. Brendan Hartigan. Email:


Monday -Friday: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Officers are available after hours for animal emergencies.

Call (919) 560-0900 to report stray, unwanted, sick or injured animals, as well as rabies control, animal bite investigation, nuisance control, cruelty, and negligence investigation. For weekend emergencies, call 911 to relay message to Animal Control.

Report dead animals:

County 477-2814

City 560-1200, M-F, 7-6


Animal Shelter

Durham Animal Protection Society

2117 E. Club Blvd., Durham 27704



M, T, Th, F 10:30-5; W 10:30-6
Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Closed on Sun. and county holiday.

Animals picked up by Animal Control are taken to the shelter of Durham Animal Protection Society. The Shelter helps with adoptions, lost pets, dog obedience programs and provides low-cost spaying/neutering certificates.