Animal Control

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

rabid fox

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, please call 252-247-7744 to reach the Carteret County Humane Society.


To learn more about Trap, Neuter, Return (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