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Here at Haywood County Animal Services, we aim to provide temporary shelter, needed medical care, and enrichment to the lost or unwanted animals of Haywood County. At our Jones Cove Road location, we work tirelessly to ensure our animals are well taken care of while they wait for their forever homes. We focus on the five freedoms of animal welfare:

  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor
  • Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
  • Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering

Haywood County Animal Services is an open admissions county facility operating under a managed intake system. This means we will not discriminate against breed, size, age, or temperament; however, the animal and owner must be current residents of Haywood County. A managed intake system utilizes triage and space availability to regulate the flow of animals through the shelter. Managing intake allows HCAS to maintain a live release rate above 90%.  

Animals available for adoption through our Adoption Center are spayed/neutered, receive core vaccines and deworming, microchip or ear-tip, and flea/heartworm medication (when applicable). If you are interested in seeing our available animals, please click here, or visit our links to the right. If you have any questions about any of the animals available, you may also call 828-456-5338 ext. 2, or email for more information. We’re happy to assist you!

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Haywood County Animal Services places significant reliance on nearby rescue organizations to prevent overcrowding in our shelter. We partner with many rescues in western North Carolina along with a few specialized rescues and transport rescues that transfer to out of state rescue organizations.

Our partnership with rescue organizations and animal transfers has enabled us to care for more animals in need.

It's always heartwarming to see passionate individuals and organizations come together for a good cause. In this case, Haywood County Animal Services has been fortunate enough to have a multitude of wonderful partners in the community. Recently the past couple weeks Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Blue Ridge Humane Society have done a great service by pulling many animals from HCAS, thus allowing the shelter to take in animals from a waiting list.

Haywood Spay/Neuter and Operation Spay Haywood are also playing an integral role in preventing unwanted litters and lowering the number of homeless cats and kittens in the community. Misfit Mountain, Binx Home for Black Cat Rescue and Shelter Animal Transport Alliance are also worthy of recognition for their most recent efforts pulling several animals. Binx takes in those black cats that are harder to adopt out and Shelter Animal Transport Alliance transports shelter animals to different rescue organizations out of state.

It's important to remember that when you adopt from or support any of these groups, you're not only helping them but also opening up a spot for another animal in need. The Haywood County community is fortunate to have such dedicated individuals and organizations working towards a common goal.

Animal Rescue Organizations located in Haywood County:

Friends of Haywood County Animal Shelter

Misfit Mountain 

Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC

Dream Haven Animal Rescue

Sarges Animal Rescue Foundation

Haywood Spay/Neuter (Haywood Animal Welfare Association)

Sister Kitten

Operation Spay Haywood (TNR) 828-550-1252

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