Chatham County Sheriff's Office

Animal Resources



Open M-F from 11 AM - 6 PM (Intake & Adoptions)

Open weekends from 11 AM - 6 PM (Adoptions Only)


725 Renaissance Drive, west of Pittsboro off of US 64

** IMPORTANT NOTICE: Chatham Sheriff’s Animal Resource Center (ARC) has implemented a new, more structured approach to the intake of owned or homeless animals to avoid creating an overwhelming, and stressful environment for staff, pets, and members of the public. Appointments will be required for animal admission, which benefits animals, people, and shelter operations.

Overcrowding of shelters can lead to a few key problems within the shelter’s day-to-day operations:

  • Compromised emergency response. Non-emergency intakes when unregulated often leave the shelter with no space for more animals in the event of an emergency.

  • Lost opportunities to keep human-animal bond in-tact. Unregulated intake limits the opportunity for helpful suggestions to be made to keep families and their pets together, such as food-assistance or training recommendations.

  • Fewer lost animals reunite with their families. Without speaking to the finder about alternative methods of locating an owner, such as posting them to social media or hanging flyers, most pets will not find their way back home.

  • Increased rate of disease. Increased intake numbers lead to a longer length of stay, leading to the development and/or spread of diseases. Increased disease transmission results in higher medical expenses, increased staff workload, and can lead to death or euthanasia of animals.

  • Overwhelming stress levels for animals. High intervals of noise causes stress to animals. Unscheduled intakes lead to more animals contributing to the noise levels and can result in exacerbated behaviors and weakened immune systems, contributing to a longer length of stay.

  • Inability to provide excellent customer service. By scheduling an appointment rather than walking-in with an animal for drop-off, wait times are shortened and staff can be fully prepared for each client entering the building. This also allows for more cleanliness in heavily trafficked areas, which can minimize the spread of COVID-19.

  • Inefficient staffing. Unpredictable workflow can cause high stress and turnover with shelter staff. By controlling intakes, staff turnover and burnout can be avoided.

This new “Managed Intake” approach is designed to reduce the overall population of animals being cared for in the shelter, assist staff with managing day-to-day maintenance and care, help pets find their way home faster, improve health and safety in the community, and reduce shelter-borne illnesses and behavioral decline associated with crowded animal shelter conditions. Furthermore, this approach allows the staff at the ARC to serve the community and its beloved pets.

Important Links


Chatham County offers a low-cost Spay and Neuter voucher to residents that qualify. To request more information on qualifications for each household, call 919-542-7203.

  • Click here for the Spay/Neuter Program flyer.

  • Click here for the Spay/Neuter program application.


The Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted new Animal Resources Ordinance on September 18, 2017, after extensive input from key stakeholder groups. Chatham County's animal ordinances have also been adopted by Siler City and Pittsboro. Click here to view the ordinances.

Director Karen Rogers


Animal Resource Center

725 Renaissance Drive Pittsboro, NC 27312


Chatham Sheriff's Animal Resources is on a mission to make available the following services to everyone in Chatham County:

  • Provide comprehensive and humane animal resources and sheltering services to everyone in Chatham County, using ‘best practices'.

  • Protect the public against rabies and other animal-related diseases, dangerous and vicious dogs, and damage and loss caused by dogs and cats.

  • Protect animals from neglect and abuse.

  • Provide free pickup and impoundment of stray and surrendered dogs and cats.

  • Provide humane sheltering, adoption, rescue and euthanasia programs for impounded dogs and cats.

  • Provide emergency and disaster response for animals.

  • Provide educational programs for the public.

Staff members of the Animal Resource Center (ARC) provide the following services and programs:

  • Dog and cat bite management.

  • Wildlife rabies incident investigation and follow-through.

  • Free pickup of stray and homeless dogs and cats.

  • Quarterly low-cost rabies vaccination clinics.

  • Protection against “dangerous” and “vicious” dogs, based on reports.

  • Animal nuisance investigation and reduction.

  • Investigation and remediation of neglect and abuse.

  • Humane sheltering of homeless and other dogs and cats.

  • Animal adoption and rescue programs, including partnerships with community rescue and adoption groups.

  • Humane euthanasia when necessary.

  • Veterinary care for shelter animals through contracted services.

  • After-hours emergency response.

  • Animal disaster response (natural and man-made disasters).

  • Educational programs for school-aged children and the general public on animal care, the need for spaying and neutering, and related topics.

For questions regarding Animal Resources, contact Animal Resource Director Karen Rogers. Karen has been involved in public service and animal welfare for over 16 years. She has experience supervising both people and programs, and has developed and served on an award-winning Animal Hoarding Task Force.

Karen is a trained National Animal Cruelty Investigator, has completed courses through the National Animal Control Association, and is a current board member of the North Carolina Animal Rabies Control Association (NCARCA). She also has a passion for improving animal welfare and personnel training across North Carolina and promotes continuing education and awareness campaigns to benefit staff members and the public. Karen has been an instructor of Safe Animal Handling through the North Carolina Animal Federation (NCAF) for years and was requested to join the NCAF Professional Development Committee. Her ultimate goal is to successfully match adoptable animals with safe, loving fur-ever homes!


A007930 – female pig – approximately 2-years-old – Black/White/Gray in color – processed into ARC on October 9, 2022 – found near Tom Stevens Road / Plainfiled Church Road in Siler City, NC.

A007991 – female pig – approximately 4 years old – Black in color - processed into ARC on October 26, 2022 – found near Alston Bridge Road / Sam Fields Road in Siler City, NC.

Any owner wishing to claim these animals should call the Chatham Sheriff's Animal Resource Center (ARC) at 919-542-7203 as soon as possible. Failure to claim found livestock in a timely manner will result in the animal being sold at public auction per N.C. General Statute § 68-20.

Date of Auction will be December 28, 2022. The auction will take place at the ARC (located at 725 Renaissance Drive, Pittsboro, NC) at noon.