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9 AM- 12 PM, 2 PM- 4 PM

 463 Airport Road
Sylva, NC 28779

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    Pet Resources


    Low Cost Vaccination Clinics

    The Shelter works annually with local partners to facilitate low cost vaccine clinics for our community.  Keeping our pets current on vaccinations is essential for their health and helps prevent deadly disease and high veterinary bills.

    Upcoming Clinics

    Clinics will be added as scheduled.  Tune into this website frequently for more information!

    Emergency Preparedness

    It is important to be prepared for any natural disaster-- storms, snow, and more.  Natural disasters can strike at any time and we want our families to be safe.  These families, of course, include our pets.  History has shown that severe flooding can devastate a community.  The Shelter urges you to prepare your pet family for such an emergency.  Visit the ASPCA's website for tips on Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet.


    Most experts on animal welfare agree-- spaying/neutering your pet is the most effective way to curb pet overpopulation and has many other benefits.  Below is a list of spay/neuter resources in our community:

    • Catman2: 828.293.0892
    • Cope Creek Animal Clinic: 828.586.3534
    • Jackson County Veterinary: 828.586.8383
    • Sylva Animal Hospital: 828.586.8587

    Pet Behavior & Training

    Pets don't come with instruction manuals and pet owners often have questions regarding their pet's behavior.  Whether you are a first time pet owner or a seasoned pet parent, questions will arise.  The Shelter can lead you to several great resources.

    Pet Proofing Your Home

    Pets make great household companions and provide many benefits.  However, bringing a curious and playful pet home may cause some disruption-- pets may cause damage to fragile possessions or may be exposed to harmful substances.  Prepare your home for your new pet by learning ways to "pet proof" your home.  A sample resource is below:

    Report Abuse & Neglect

    The Shelter works closely with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Sylva Police Department to report animal abuse and neglect. To report abuse, neglect, or animal cruelty in Sylva, please contact the the Sylva Police Department at 828.586.2916.  To report abuse, neglect, or animal cruelty in Jackson County, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 828.586.4355.

    Meals on Wheels

    The Shelter wants to ensure that our older adults are able to care for their animals with ease.  By partnering with the Department on Aging, the Meals on Wheels Program will deliver pet food to those seniors who may need additional assistance.  Further, the Shelter is happy to coordinate at-home rabies vaccinations for the pets of older adults who may not be able to attend a low-cost vaccination clinic.

    Other Local Organizations

    The Shelter knows that there is much work to be done to ensure that all animals in our community are cared for.  The Shelter is proud to partner with local organizations to serve our community-- both human and furry.