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Are You Ready for a Pet

Whether or not an animal is adopted from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter or from somewhere else, remember that having a pet is like having a baby. They cannot fend for themselves; pet owners must take proper care of them. Before adopting or buying an animal, ask yourself the following:

  • Are you willing to care for this animal for the rest of its life?
  • Are pets allowed where you live?
  • Is your yard large enough for your new pet?
  • If you have other pets, will they get along with a new pet?
  • Can you afford all of the costs associated with owning a pet like veterinary bills, food, and supplies?
  • Will you have the time and energy to properly groom your pet?
  • When you go on vacation, who will take care of your pet?
  • If you get a puppy, can you put up with whining and chewing?
  • Will you have the time to house train a puppy?
  • If your new pet is older and has bad habits, will you have the patience and discipline to retrain him or her?
  • If you adopt a cat or kitten, are you willing to have a litter box in your house?
  • Will you be able to exercise your pet on a daily basis?
  • Does anyone in your family have allergies?
  • Will your pet be inside or outside? If you are planning on keeping your pet outside, are you willing to devote the time and energy to make sure that they have plenty of water, shade, shelter and attention?
  • If you move, will you be able to take your pet?

When you decide to get a pet, stop by the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. You can choose from several animals at our shelter. There are different breeds and species, all waiting for the perfect home.

NOTE: No dog or cat will be released for adoption from the animal shelter until said animal has been surgically spayed or neutered or an appointment for the procedure has been made (the cost for the spaying/neutering is included in the adoption fee). After selecting an animal for adoption, Animal Services personnel will schedule an appointment at a local veterinarian for your dog or cat to be spayed or neutered and will transport your new pet to the veterinarian you selected.

Benefits of spaying or neutering your pet:

On average, a dog or cat will live 3-5 years longer if it is spayed or neutered before it is 1 year old.

Female dogs and cats:

  • Eliminate or reduce the risk of uterine infections, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
  • Eliminate heat cycles and bleeding
  • Reduce roaming and attracting males

Male dogs and cats

  • Eliminate testicular cancer and reduce prostate issues.
  • Reduce roaming and fighting
  • Reduce urine marking and mounting
  • Reduce aggression

Contact Us

4704 Corporation Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28303

Phone:  910-321-6852
Fax: 910-223-3357

Director: Elaine Smith, RVT
Shelter Hours
Mon. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat.             1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

To report animal bites or injured animals after normal hours, call the Sheriff's Office at