Low Cost Spay/Neuter

$50 Spay/Neuter Special.  Five (5) services include Spay or Neuter, Rabies and Distemper/Parvo or Rabies and Distemper/Feline Vaccines, a Check-up and a Pain Medication Injection.  Drop off is at 7 am at the Community Pet Center Office and pick up at 5 pm. Please call the CPC office @ (828) 287-7738 for available dates and to schedule an appointment.


The Community Pet Center partnered and worked with students from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as REaCH, ROC, Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar and Academy and ICC.

“Pet Education in the Classroom” volunteers and pets visited 25 classrooms at 7 schools.

Pet Food Pantry

Community Pet Center Pet Food Pantry 
If you are a Rutherford County resident facing financial difficulties, we are happy to assist you until your financial status improves. We offer FREE dog and cat food each month. 

The following documentation is required:
1. Proof of identification (drivers license, etc.)
2. Proof of low income (Medicaid, WIC, Food Stamps, SSI)
3. Proof of Rabies Vaccine certificate after the first visit.


Volunteers make a difference! Youth and adult volunteers help with the following programs: Pet Food Pantry – Events – Fundraising – Fostering – Spay/Neuter Transports – New Leash on Life – Office Support- Education. Join us and get involved.

Become a CPC Volunteer for a few hours a week, a few times a year or any amount of time in between. Volunteers 17 and under need parental consent. Check out our volunteer page for an application.

Hilltop Fall Festival

Rutherfordton, NC Hilltop Fall Festival.  October 6, 2018
Community Pet Center will be at this event and the CPC Office will be closed.

The Hilltop Festival is held the first Saturday of October in our historic Downtown.  Bright and early Saturday morning cyclists and runners line up to compete in the Tour de Pumpkin bike ride and Overmountain Victory Trail 5k.  The Overmountain Victory Trail 5K provides participants an opportunity to follow in the brave footsteps of the Overmountain Men and their historic Revolutionary War march through Rutherfordton and runners take a similar path around downtown. The Tour de Pumpkin bike ride, sponsored by the Rutherfordton Outdoor Coalition,   includes both 100k and 50k rides  and is among the most popular in Western North Carolina. The event draws cyclists from as far away as Tennessee.

After the race you’ll fall in love with this festival as a number of events take over the streets:

  • Rutherfordton’s history comes alive when The Overmountain Victory Trail Association commemorates the Overmountain Men, their march through our town and their ultimate Revolutionary War victory at Kings Mountain
  • Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and take advantage of our huge selection of vendors from all over the region.  If you’re looking for unique items or handcrafted one of a kind finds, this is where to find them.
  • Special events and promotions from downtown merchants
  • Face painting, rock walls, inflatables, pony rides and more await kids of all ages
  • The best bands of the region fill our Courthouse Stage and the air with music that will have your toes tapping
  • Be sure to check out all the entries to our annual Scarecrow Contest.  A longstanding Rutherfordton tradition that decorates our downtown and brings charm and whimsy to the season
  • And we can’t have a celebration without food!  The best in festival food and irresistible homemade desserts and more from local churches await you