Animal Impoundment


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Common Misconceptions

The Animal Control Officers make every effort to find an animal's owner before they take pets to the Wake County Animal Center.

TriangleLostPets is intended to help reunite pets and their families in Wake and several other counties.

Wild animals caught by Animal Control officers are released back into the wild if healthy.

Common Misconceptions

One misconception that the Animal Control Officers must battle every day is that all the animals they take into custody will be euthanized. The Animal Control Officers make every effort to find an animal's owner before they take it to the shelter, if they suspect it may be a pet, and they also work closely with rescue groups that attempt to find homes for the nearly 5,000 animals they pick up each year.

Unfortunately, some wild animals such as raccoons, bats, and foxes must be euthanized because they tend to carry rabies. However, the Animal Control Officers have contacts at rescue organizations where they can bring other injured wildlife to be treated and rehabilitated, as well as rescue groups that specialize in reptiles and other exotic pets.

Lead Department:
Police
Service Categories:
Animal Control