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About the Shelter

The New Shelter

Designed to meet Haywood County’s needs for the next 25+ years,the new Haywood County Animal Shelter will be constructed on a wide open lot centrally located within the county, with room for future growth. Following a thorough feasibility study and cost analysis, the county arrived at a cost-effective design that provides a safe, sanitary, inviting space for both humans and animals in need, including:


  • Separate functional areas for animal adoptions, intakes, animal medical services and community education.
  • A specially designed HVAC system which will prevent spread of disease, and provide quarantine areas
  • An inviting lobby/reception for adopting families
  • Separate entrance for the admission of animals
  • 2 free-roaming community cat rooms for adoptable cats
  • Canine kennels with access to outdoor exercise area
  • “Get acquainted” rooms for adopters and pets
  • Basic medical supplies and equipment
  • Separate isolation rooms for dogs and cats
  • Storage areas for food, crates, supplies, equipment, etc.


The Existing Shelter

Old Haywood County Animal Shelter
Built in 1988, the existing shelter is crowded, outdated and provides less than safe and healthy conditions for humans and animals. The outdated facility is located in a residential area, where renovations are hindered by zoning restrictions. Problems are numerous:


The shelter has ventilation issues and no quarantine area, which causes sickness, and ultimately leads to increased euthanasia rates. The effects of this are clear—in 2015, the shelter lost its “no-kill” status (90% live release) due to illness.

With cramped quarters, cats and small dogs are subject to constant barking from larger dogs. Because of the increased number of animals, each of the 14 dog runs have been divided in half, leaving every dog with just 3’x8’ to eat, sleep and urinate/defecate. At times intake is closed to public due to overcrowding, and homeless pets are sent away.


The only 10×10 entrance/reception area is used for the intake of injured or untested animals as well as adoption. Families are subject to excessive smells and noises, with little or no ability to get acquainted with potential pets before adoption, making it difficult to match pets with the right families.


Get Involved


To learn more about ways you can support the new shelter, and help Haywood County Animal Shelter provide much-needed services for the county’s animals and residents for the next 25+ years, see Naming Opportunities or Make an Online Gift Now. You can also Join our Email List using the box at the bottom of this page.