Animal Control

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York County Animal Control is working diligently to maintain services during this time of need. The animals in our care and the community continue to be our highest priority. 
In order to protect the safety and welfare of our staff, but remain operational, we are currently facilitating between curbside service and appointment basis. This will allow us to continue to offer essential services to our citizens. 
During the hours 7:30 AM-5:00 PM, Monday- Friday, we will have a dispatcher available to receive animal complaints.  Please call 803-628-3190, choose Option 1 to reach our Animal Control Dispatch Department.
Stray dogs brought to the shelter by citizens between the hours of 12-3 PM Weekdays. Upon arrival, please call 803-628-3190 option 1 and an employee will meet you to receive the dog. You will need to have your York County ID or License available. 
Adoptions and owner surrenders will be available via appointment. Please call 803-818-6492 10 AM -4:30 PM, Monday- Friday to schedule an appointment time.
TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) services are available between the hours of 11:30-1:30 Monday-Wednesday. The Shelter can service up to two cats per week for each citizen/address. 

Thank you all for your patience and support during this time.

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The Animal Control division serves the public by responding to and investigating animal complaints regarding stray, injured, and neglected domestic animals in York County. The department also monitors rabies vaccinations in domestic animals. This service is provided under the authority of local and state regulations.

All wildlife nuisance concerns are directed to SCDNR (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) at 803-955-4000. In most nuisance cases DNR will refer callers to private trappers as listed on their website. Deceased animals animals on a State road are referred to SCDOT 803-327-6186. Deceased animals on private property are the property owner's responsibility. 

The department operates a shelter to house animals that have been picked up in violation of the leash law and for animals that have been released by their owners. Animals in violation of the leash law are housed for a minimum of five days prior to being eligible for adoption. 


  • Assisting public with the adoption process, including the spay/neutering of animals adopted from the shelter
  • Educating citizens on the importance of responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying or neutering pets
  • Picking up and process suspected rabies carriers that have had known contact with an individual or their pet
  • Picking up stray and injured dogs that are in violation of the leash law and injured or nuisance cats
  • Public Education regarding local leash laws

Updated Animal Control Ordinance 

This Office Does Not

  • Handle nuisance wildlife
  • Spay/neuter animals that are not adopted from the county's adoption center