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Animal Care and Enforcement

featuredpet_annabelleGaston County Animal Care and Enforcement was established to provide for the health and safety of citizens and protect them from animals and the threat of animals. The mission of Animal Care and Enforcement is not only to enhance the safety of citizens, but also to ensure the proper care and treatment of animals.  This is accomplished through animal-related services which reflect our professionalism and a concern for responsible pet ownership.  Animal Care and Enforcement became a Division of the County Police Department on September 18, 1995.

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement Division was established in 1972 to enforce animal related North Carolina General Statutes and Gaston County Ordinances.  Animal Care and Enforcement impounds and cares for stray, diseased, injured, and unwanted animals at the Animal Shelter. The animals are properly housed and cared for until owners either reclaim their pet, the animal is placed with a new owner through the Adoption-Medical Program, or until such designated time.  In addition to these duties, our department is responsible for the field operation, consisting of both sworn and non-sworn personnel, to investigate animal related complaints including nuisance, leash laws, animals on school grounds, rabies suspects, and reported cases of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

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Animal Care and Enforcement also conducts, promotes, and sponsors educational and training seminars, sometimes through Gaston College, held at the college, the Agricultural Center, various schools and civic buildings, and the shelter itself. These workshops have been attended by personnel nationwide and the Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement program has been recognized nationally by the National Association of Counties as being one of the best in the state.

Gaston County Animal Care and Enforcement uses lethal injection as the preferred method of euthanasia.

Adoptions & Other Business Hours
Monday - Wednesday 11:00am-6:00pm
Thursday - Friday 11:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm
Closed Sundays

Animal Care will be closed the following holidays during 2019:
New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1
MLK Birthday, Monday, January 21
Good Friday, Friday, April 19
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
Independence Day, Thursday, July 4
Labor Day, Monday, September 2
Veterans Day, Monday, November 11
Thanksgiving, Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29
Christmas, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, December 24, 25, 26       

Surrender Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-3:00pm (By Appointment Only)
Admissions Info

Contact Us
704-922-8677 or 704-922-8678 (8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday)

Calls for Service/Emergencies:
Emergencies 911
Non-Emergencies 704-866-3300

Mailing Address:
PO Box 479
Dallas, NC 28034

The Gaston County Police Department Animal Care and Enforcement Division is located at 220 Leisure Lane, in Dallas, North Carolina. From I-85, take exit 17, to Hwy 321 North, to Hwy 279 West (Cherryville), turn right at light, go through 3 traffic signals, turn left onto Leisure Lane beside Gaston County Agricultural Center, shelter is located on right, across the street from the tennis courts, inside Dallas Park.