As of October 1, 2009, North Carolina General Statute 130A-193requires that all domestic dogs, cats, and ferrets entering North Carolina must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the date of entry into the state, and animals four months of age and older must also have a current rabies vaccination and rabies certificate.
New Hanover County Animal Services Unit 180 Division Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-798-7500 Webpage|Directions
The mission of New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit is to protect the public from the threat of rabies virus exposure, and to ensure proper animal care, through prevention, public perception, and education.
The Animal Services Unit is a unit of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. It is the responsibility of this unit to enforce all state laws and county health regulations pertaining to domestic animals and the county animal control ordinance. In addition, the Animal Services Unit will cooperate with any other law enforcement agency that may need assistance in handling any form of domestic animal.
Please email email@example.com with any comments or questions. This email portal is reserved to appeal civil citations violations and basic inquiries. Please call Animal Services at 910-798-7500 or 911 to report complaints, abuse, neglect or any other priority calls.
New Hanover County Humane Society
New Hanover County Humane Society 2505 N 23rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-763-6692 Website|Directions New Hanover Humane Society is a non-profit shelter. They provide low cost spay/neuter, lost and found, and adoptions. Investigate cruelty complaints while working closely with Animal Control. Also help with wildlife relocation and rehabilitation.
Kure Beach Dog Ordinances
Kure Beach is located within New Hanover County, and must comply with their ordinances. Kure Beach has some of its own ordinances pertaining to animals. To view all Kure Beach ordinances pertaining to animals, click here. Depicted below are Kure Beach ordinance pertaining to dogs.
Is there anywhere in Kure Beach where I can let my dog off of its leash?
Joe Eakes Park is located on K Avenue going west. It is across the street from the Kure Beach Police Department. There, you’ll find a fenced-in area behind the playground and the tennis courts. This is the Gurney Hood Barking Lot, made especially for you and your pooch pal to run free.
For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. The link below explains how to make a pet and animal emergency plan. It also provides tips and planning tools on how to make a plan.
If you have an emergency outside of your vets regular business hours, contact the Animal Emergency and Trauma Hospital of Wilmington. Their staff is dedicated to providing high-quality care for patients on an after hours and emergency basis.
Why should I adopt a pet?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.