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About Us

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cat and dogThe Guilford County Animal Shelter is the only public shelter in Guilford County. All donations made to the Guilford County Animal Shelter are tax deductible.

We are a professional, caring organization devoted to saving the lives of lost, abandoned and surrendered animals of Guilford County, N.C. We strive to humanely care for all the animals and work diligently to return lost animals to their owners.

We are committed to making every adoption of every animal a positive, permanent experience for both the animals and the pet owner. We also conduct community awareness programs such as education on pet care and responsibility, as well as pet therapy at senior residence homes.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter is committed to placing every adoptable animal into a new home. When we have an animal that cannot be placed by our organization, we work collaboratively with other rescue organizations to help place specific dogs, cats, livestock, exotic and wildlife. We will contact rescues that we have visited, or have received their license and other information to satisfy their good standing, and work with them for placement.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter is committed to every animal that arrives at our facility. Our staff is devoted to treating every animal with a curable illness in order to help it get adopted. We are proud to have a 97% success rate with dogs and a 78% success rate with cats.


Interested in applying for a position? Follow this link to our Human Resources page to view and apply for current job opportunities at Guilford County Animal Services.

The Hard Decision

With the many animals brought to the shelter each year there are simply more animals than there are homes. Every single day the staff at GCAS must make the difficult decision to euthanize. Ideally GCAS would never have to euthanize an animal but sometimes it is necessary. We make sure that every animal that comes through our doors has the best possible chance at a happy life. Read more.

Hours of Operation

Adoption and Redemption Facilities are open for operation during the following hours.

  • Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Monday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Thursday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Friday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

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