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Veterinary Division Animal Welfare Section

Operation Moveout

On Feb. 1, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched Operation MoveOut to transfer animals from the All Creatures Great and Small shelter in Hendersonville to animal rescue organizations. Members of the public also may adopt animals from the shelter, beginning Feb. 5.

Adoption FormPeople and organizations interested in adopting animals or donating supplies to the effort may call toll-free 1-866-546-0021. Animal rescue organizations should download the adoption form at right and return it to the department. Instructions are included with the form.

The department assumed control of the shelter after it failed to come into compliance with the state's Animal Welfare Act.

Adoptions to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Open to the public from noon to 5 p.m., weekdays.
Open for rescue organizations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  Currently As of Feb. 1 Total adopted
Number of dogs 155 155  
Number of cats 25 25  

Special Thanks to our Partners for Monetary and
On-Site Support

Chrissie's Fund (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
PetSmart Charities (Phoenix, Ariz.)
United Animal Nations/Emergency Animal Rescue Service (Sacramento, Calif.)
Humane Society of the United States (Washington, D.C.)
Animal Legal Defense Fund (Cotati, Calif.)
Animal Compassion Network (Asheville, N.C.)
Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, N.C.)


Money can be donated through the N.C. State Animal Respose Team Click here to donate (Please put "Operation MoveOut" in one of the fields to designate money for this effort.)

Supplies Needed

Towels and blankets to be used as bedding (No newspaper, please)

Food and drinks for volunteers

Cleaning supplies

Latest News:

Download photos from the Operation MoveOut photo page>>

Dog with toy(2-4-08) Great strides made at shelter over the weekend
Final preparations are under way to reopen a Hendersonville animal shelter to the public for dog and cat adoptions on Tuesday at noon. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services took over operation of All Creatures Great and Small on Friday, and assumed the care of 155 dogs and 25 cats in an effort called Operation MoveOut. In just three days, a cadre of volunteers from across the country has made great strides in improving conditions at the animal shelter, which was closed for ongoing violations of the state’s Animal Welfare Act. Read More>>

(1-31-08) NCDA&CS, Henderson County to take possession of All Creatures Great and Small on Friday
Companion animals from All Creatures Great and Small in Hendersonville will be available for transfer to animal rescue organizations when Operation MoveOut begins Friday. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will take possession of the shelter at that time and begin animal behavior and health assessments before placing the animals with rescue organizations. Read More>>

(12-7-07) State reaches agreement with All Creatures Great and Small to improve conditions, remove animals
The state has reached an agreement with a private Henderson County animal shelter that state veterinarians say will put all the animals in better circumstances. The consent order, which was signed Thursday, calls for All Creatures Great and Small to work diligently to improve conditions at the Hendersonville facility and to release 350 animals to a state-designated animal rescue organization to relieve crowding. Read More>>

Updated May 21, 2008

Veterinary Division, R. Douglas Meckes, DVM, State Veterinarian
Animal Welfare Section, Patricia L Norris, DVM, MS, Director
Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3280; FAX: (919) 733-6431


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