a Found Animal to the Shelter
Deciding whether a cat or dog should go to the shelter:
Do you know the
owner? Contacting the owner about a loose dog or cat is always the
best, first step. The Bell County Animal Shelter accepts cats or dogs,
but there is a limit on the total number that the shelter can house. For
every animal brought in, space must be made through adoption or euthanasia
of another animal. There is no "after-hours" drop area at the shelter,
so please don't release any found or stray animals at the shelter site.
Has the cat or dog been around for more than 24
hours? Ask whether this could be a lost pet, or is truly an abandoned
Does the dog appear ill or injured? If so,
please let the warden know. Sick or injured dogs require special attention
for the public's safety.
Does it cost anything? There is no charge to
Bell County residents. For animals dropped off from Virginia or Tennessee,
there is a $20.00 fee.