463 Airport Road
Sylva, NC 28779




The Jackson County Animal Shelter is run through the Environmental Health Section of the Jackson County Health Department.  The Jackson County Animal Shelter is located 2 miles from the main entrance of Western Carolina University.

The main purpose of the animal shelter is animal control and protecting public health by enforcing state rabies laws.  The shelter also does stray pick-ups, handles animal bites and provides adoption services.  Animal Control does work animal cruelty & neglect cases.  Animal control does not handle wildlife issues. 

The Animal Shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00-12:00 / 2:00-4:00. Closed Sunday and state holidays.  If you need to report a animal bite after hours, please contact the Jackson County Dispatch at 828-586-1911 to have an animal control officer paged.

Behind The Scenes


Golodrina, Jackson County Animal Shelter, Sylva, NC - March 2013

by Chandra Spaulding

Golodrina is an example of just how much goes on behind the scenes to save an animal from the shelter. This gal was brought in to Jackson County Animal Shelter and needed to end up in the right hands - the hands of experienced rescuers who could help her with her special behavioral needs...a German Shepherd rescue. On this day she was being pulled by a local rescue out of the county shelter to be placed into boarding until she could get a trip to New York where the breed specific rescue waits for her. But what I really want you to see here is just how much Golodrina adores the animal care officers who have been instrumental in saving her life and encouraging her to come around. Often we villify our animal control officers. Often, instead, they are heroes. It is clear, here, that Golodrina knows who cares about her. Her owner? Not so much. Animal Control? 100%.


October Rabies Clinics

The month of October is featuring five rabies clinics. Cost of the rabies vaccination for your dog or cat is $8.00. There will be other vaccines available upon request. If you have any questions regarding the clinics please call the Jackson County Animal Shelter at 586-6138.


  • ·         October 7       6:00 - 7:00 PM             Jackson County Clinic
  • ·         October 11    9:00 AM – 6:00 PM       Cherokee Animal Care Clinic
  • ·         October 14    5:30 – 6:30 PM             Sylva Animal Hospital
  • ·         October 19   12:00 – 1:00 PM            Cope Creek Animal Hospital
  • ·         October 26   10:00 AM – 2:00 PM      Tuckasegee Trading Post


Keep yourself, your family and your pets safe, vaccinate your pets against rabies.


Chris Tyson, LACO

463 Airport Rd

Sylva, NC