Looking to Adopt an Animal?
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
In order to protect the safety and welfare of our staff, but remain operational, we are temporarily moving to an appointment only model. This will allow us to continue to offer essential services to our citizens.
During the hours 7:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday- Friday, we will have ...a dispatcher available to take high priority and emergency based complaints. Please call 803-628-3190, choose Option 1.
To make an appointment with our shelter staff, please call 803-818-6492 10 AM -4:30 PM, Monday- Friday.
Thank you all for your patience and support during this time.
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 803-641-7665. 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