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Sgt. J. J. Brewer















Captain B.D. Blackmon

 Division Commander


Lieutenant D. Biddle


910-798-7500 Main

910-341-4349 FAX


180 Division Drive, Wilmington, NC


Hours of Operation

M-F 8:00-5:00

Sat 10:00-2:00



Volunteer Application


Volunteer Scheduling





 Visit Animal Services Facebook Page




Adoption and Redemption hours

            M-F  Noon- 4:45

           Sat: 10:00 am– 2:00 pm


Animal Services Unit

The mission of New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit is to protect the public from the threat of rabies virus exposure, and to ensure proper animal care, through prevention, public perception, and education.


The Animal Services Unit is a unit of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. It is the responsibility of this unit to enforce all state laws and county health regulations pertaining to domestic animals and the county animal control ordinance.  In addition, the Animal Services Unit will cooperate with any other law enforcement agency that may need assistance in handling any form of domestic animal.


Animals are available for adoption at the shelter at 180 Division Drive, Monday through Friday, from noon until 4:45 p.m.  Animals may be viewed on our Facebook page,


Animal complaints may be called in to the main office at 910-798-7500 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.  After-hours emergencies, such as an animal bite or injured animal, may be reported through the 911 Center. 


You may help the animals of NHC by sending a tax-deductible donation to the shelter at 180 Division Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. You may also donate by clicking here:

Volunteers are needed and welcome at our facility for a variety of areas of interest. You must be at least eighteen years of age according to county policy. Visit the shelter to complete your volunteer application.

Deceased animals are picked up by Sanitation. Their numbers are as follows:
Sanitation, City - 910-341-7875
Sanitation, County - 910-341-0500
Sanitation, Carolina Beach - 910-458-2999