Animal Services

We proudly serve the people and animals of Wake County

Shelter dog and staff - Adopt Local Support Local

ATTENTION: Wake County Animal Center to begin accepting owner surrender applications Feb. 1

Beginning Feb. 1, the Wake County Animal Center will reopen its doors to pets whose owners can no longer care for them or no longer want them. These owners will have to follow a new, multi-step process, which includes completing an application and, when space is available, making an appointment to bring the pet in.

The Wake County Animal Center strives to create a humane community for the pets and people that live here. 
Together, with community partners, we treat and re-home thousands of homeless animals every year.

MISSION STATEMENT: Determined to make a difference for the animals and citizens of Wake County through adoption, education, enforcement and community partnership. 

FIVE FREEDOMS – Based on the Brambell Report in 1965, these principles are relevant to the welfare of any animal species. The Wake County Animal Center focuses on meeting these Five Freedoms for animals in our care:
  • 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

Gray cat in cubby

Contact Us

919-212-PETS (7387)

Management Team


  • Adoption Floor: Noon–6 p.m., seven days a week
  • Office: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Wake County Animal Center is located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh, near the intersection of I-440 and New Bern Avenue. From New Bern Avenue, turn south onto Corporation Parkway. Turn right at the stop sign onto Commerce Park Drive and then left onto Beacon Lake Drive. The main entrance and parking lot are on the left. Look for the large blue Wake County Animal Care, Control, and Adoption Center sign.