ANIMAL SERVICES

The City of Asheville’s Animal Services Unit's duties begin with enforcement of the Asheville Animal Control-- Ordinance. The team provides assistance to police officers dealing with situations involving animals, investigations involving animal bites, imposes regulations on dangerous animals, investigates reports of cruelty toward animals, impounds animals at large, assists sick or injured animals, and addresses public nuisance violations such as dogs barking excessively. Other animal services activities include periodic foot patrols, neighborhood canvassing and education, assisting the public with the loan of traps for the capture of domestic nuisance animals, and review of applications for permits for keeping more than 6 animals, fowl, livestock, or bees.

Animal Permits
Spay and Neuter
Dog Licensing
Reporting a Missing Animal
Black Bear Sightings
Keeping Chickens and Other Fowl
Borrowing a Trap
Wildlife Reports or Complaints
Buncombe County Animal Services
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Animal Permits

The City of Asheville requires a permit for all residents wishing to keep 7 or more animals (small domesticated rodents, small birds, amphibians, fish and reptiles included). A permit is also required by all residents wishing to keep bees, fowl or livestock including goats, horses, ponies, and exotic pets. Permits can be obtained by clicking the link below, in-person at the Asheville Police Station (100 Court Plaza), or you may call (828) 259-5872 to request the application by mail. 

Animal Permit Packet (Instructions and Application)


Spay and Neuter Law

All dogs and cats six months of age or older must either be spayed or neutered, or the owner must possess an Unaltered Pet Permit. The permit fee is $100 for the lifetime of the animal and may be purchased on the first floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza. Permit applications may also be obtained at the Asheville Police Department at 100 Court Plaza. The fine for violating this requirement is $200.

The Humane Alliance offers FREE spay and neuter serves for cats. To find out if you qualify, click here.


Dog Licensing

The City of Asheville's Animal Ordinance requires that dogs must be licensed every year on January 1st. The fee is $10.00 and all dogs must have a city license by the age of six months. The city license tag, and a current rabies tag, must be displayed on the dog at all times. Cats are not required to have a city license or to wear tags; however cat owners should be prepared to provide proof of current rabies vaccination.

In an effort to increase efficiency in the licensing and re-licensing of dogs that live within the city limits, the City of Asheville has partnered with animal license registration provider, PetData Inc.  All pet licensing and re-licensing may be handled online at http://www.petdata.com or by US Mail.  Dog license tags will no longer be available for sale at City Hall.

The City of Asheville's tethering regulations: Ordinance 3795 - Unattended tethering of dogs prohibited.


Reporting a Missing Animal

To report a missing animal please contact the Asheville Humane Society at (828) 250-6430. You can also visit the shelter at 16 Forever Friends Lane, Asheville, NC 28806 (off Pond Road, near the Farmers' Market in West Asheville).


Black Bear Sightings

Black bear sightings throughout North Carolina are becoming more common as the bear population increases and bears expand their home range. While black bears are not inherently dangerous, and are rarely aggressive toward people, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission advises caution to reduce potential conflicts.

To learn more about how Asheville residents can coexist safely and peacefully with bears, click here.


Keeping Chickens and Other Fowl

Click here to learn more about the city ordinance that regulates the keeping of chickens and other fowl within the city's limits.


Borrowing a Trap

To borrow a trap to help catch a domestic nuisance animal, contact the City of Asheville’s Customer Services Division at (828) 251-1122 or visit the first floor of City Hall, 70 Court Plaza, to pay a refundable deposit. Then go to the the Asheville Police Department Animal Services Office located at 75 Shelburne Road to pick up the trap. Pick up can be arranged at the customer's convenience by speaking with an Animal Services Officer by calling 828-252-1110.


Wildlife Reports or Complaints

To report a concern involving wildlife or bears, call the Wildlife Resources Commission at 919-707-0010.


Buncombe County Animal Services

If you live outside the city limits, in Buncombe County, and need to file an animal control request or complaint, call (828) 250-6670. You can also visit their website by clicking here.


Contact Information
Animal Services Supervisor: Sue D. McMullen

Location: 75 Shelburne Road, Asheville NC 28806
Mail: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
To file a complaint or to request service: (828) 252-1110
On-Duty Officer Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Direct: (828) 259-5872
E-mail: smcmullen@ashevillenc.gov

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