Pet Food Pantry

The FREE Pet Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from Noon to 4 pm. We provide FREE pet food for low-income Rutherford County residents. The following documentation is needed: Proof of identification (driver’s license, etc.) Proof of low-income (Medicaid, WIC, Food Stamps, SSI), Proof of rabies vaccination certificate.  Food can be obtained every month.  Please read our new policies at the following link.


In order to help reduce the pet overpopulation and keep pets healthy in Rutherford County, the Community Pet Center began a low-cost Spay and Neuter Program several years ago. All pets receive the following services: Spay/Neuter Surgery, Pain Medication Injection, Wellness Exam, Rabies Vaccine, Distemper/Parvo or Distemper Feline Vaccine. This program is open to any resident of Rutherford County, regardless of income.


Education Program

This program was started in October of 2017 to partner and work with Elementary, Middle and High Schools, REaCH, ROC, Thomas Jefferson Classical Grammar and Academy, Trinity Christian School and ICC to promote responsible pet ownership in our community. Children are wonderful “Ambassadors” for various causes and can become an “Ambassador” for responsible pet care through our “Pet Education in the Classroom Program”.

Lost Pets

What to do if you have lost your dog or cat!

VISIT your local Animal Control and Veterinarians including the ones in surrounding areas. Your description of your pet and their description rarely match. YOU MUST GO LOOK! Leave a picture of your pet and your phone number at each location. Be aware of how much time you have to claim your pet before it is euthanized or adopted! Government Animal Control agencies usually keep an animal for only 3 days and then they either adopt it out or destroy it. You only get one chance at this!

But First ~  Have you searched your property thoroughly – EVERY nook and cranny.
* Talk to your neighbors – if they are not home, leave a description of your pet and a phone number.
* Leave some food out in a protected place in case they return and you’re not there.
* Place an Ad in your local newspaper.
* Check the newspaper “found” ads every day.
* Post MANY flyers within a 10-mile radius from your home or from where they were last seen.
* If your pet does not have a collar and tag- get one: also have your pet microchipped.
   This is the best way to get your pet back if it does get lost.
* Call our office for Assistance: 828.287.7738

New Leash on Life

This program is a collaboration with the Rutherford County Correctional Center in Spindale.  Volunteer inmate trainers provide care, training, socialization, structure and love for four rescue dogs every eight weeks.  These dogs are taught basic skills and a variety of tricks. They are evaluated for Canine Good Citizenship and some of them are trained to become service dogs.  While training is in the process, volunteers are accepting applications and arranging meetings to find excellent forever homes for these second chance rescue dogs. Visit them on Facebook at New Leash on Life – Spindale NC