The Environmental Health Section enforces the North Carolina General Statues and the Richmond County Rules addressing the animal control activities and rabies control located within Richmond County and proposes that the public receives the highest quality of service from the Richmond County Health Department in its implementation of the animal control program as elected by the Richmond County Board of Health.

Animal Control operates out of the Richmond County Health Department, Environmental Health Section. Hours of operation are:

Monday – Friday

8am – 5pm


After hours and on weekends, please call the Richmond County Sherriff’s Department at 910-895-3232.

Any complaints can be made by contacting Animal Control at 910-997-8288 Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. Please leave a message that includes your name, phone number, address and a brief message explaining the matter. An animal control officer will investigate your concerns and return your call promptly.

The Humane Society operates two Spay Neuter Programs:

Program #1

The NC Low Income Public Assistance (LIPA) Spay/Neuter Program: Richmond County households which receive one or more public assistance items: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Work First, Health Choice, adoption or foster care assistance, or special assistance through DSS OR have a fixed income such as Social Security, disability, Supplemental Security Income, long term unemployment or meets federal poverty guidelines based on family size. Personal animals can be fixed for $32.

Program #2 -

Open to the public in need with no income or residency requirements for a fee of $62 to $82. South Carolina residents and Anson County residents are urged to participate as a number of unwanted animals are received every year from these areas by the animal shelter in Richmond County.

Vouchers are available for purchase at the shelter during normal business hours and must be obtained prior to surgery. All surgeries are performed at the Spay Neuter Veterinary Clinic of the Sandhills in Vass, NC. The fee includes the cost of surgery, a one year rabies vaccine, pain medication and transportation to and from the clinic.

For more information about the Spay Neuter Programs please contact the Humane Society of Richmond County at (910)895-0335.