Animal Control

WELCOME to the Morehead City Animal Control Page.  Please see options below for assistance with your animal control needs:

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EMERGENCY: If you need assistance with an aggressive or rabid animal,

please call 9-1-1

or Carteret Emergency Communications at: 252-726-1911



  • A Police Officer and / or an Animal Control Officer will be dispatched to your location immediately.
  • The officer(s) will assess the situation and take appropriate actions to assist you.
  • If the animal is rabid or diseased, the Carteret County Health Department / Animal Control will be notified. 
  • To reach Carteret County Animal Control directly, call 252-728-8585.


Wildlife Problems?

WILDLIFE: If you have a wildlife problem, click here for resources.

Also, check out the "Preventing Wildlife Conflicts page"


Use these links to contact a:
Wildlife Control Agent
Licensed Trapper


*Morehead City Animal Control can assist you with finding Wildlife resources.  If you would like to talk to Morehead City Animal Control please call:  252-726-3131 Ext 119.

loose dogPET AND ANIMAL ISSUES:

If you need assistance with a pet or animal issue, and you would like a Police Officer or an Animal Control Officer to come to your location,

please call 252-726-1911.  


If you would like to talk to someone on the phone about your pet or animal concerns, please call 252-726-3131 Ext 119


 * To look for a LOST PET, or to ADOPT A NEW PET  Call 252-247-7744  Carteret County Humane Society


feral-cat-humane-trapCITY KITTY PROGRAM: The Town of Morehead City recognizes the feral cat overpopulation problem and Morehead City Animal Control, in conjunction with local "Trap, Neuter, Return" (TNR) projects, is dedicated to working towards reducing this population.  Animal Control will trap and transport unwanted cats to the Humane Society Shelter or help you learn how to trap and transport cats from your property.  TNR projects in the city can also help you trap, neuter, vaccinate, and return wanted outdoor feral cats in your neighborhood.  This requires a neighborhood effort, and the outcome is win / win with benefits for the community, and it saves the life and health of community cats.

*For more information on the City Kitty Program, or to volunteer for a TNR project, please call: 252-726-3131  Ext. 119

To learn more about TNR projects and their value to the community please follow these links:

Why Trap-Neuter-Return Feral Cats?  ~Alley Cat Allies

Outdoor Cats FAQ ~The Humane Society of the United States