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Hours of operation:
TUESDAY: 10-4 to intake 12-4 Adoption hours
WEDNESDAY: 10-4 to intake 12-4 Adoption hours
THURSDAY: 10-4 to intake 12-4 Adoption hours
FRIDAY: 10-4 to intake 12-4 Adoption hours
Closed Daily 11:30-12 for Lunch
2023 has brought some new changes to the shelter. Beginning January 1st, 2023, Claiborne Animal Shelter will no longer be accepting out-of-county animals. This was an extremely difficult decision to make on our end. As most of you know, we have always been an open -door type shelter; accepting any and all cats/dogs from mostly anywhere in the country essentially. We have always strived to help those in need. However, the decision had to be made so that we may better serve the county that continues to depend on us.
In 2022, we had to close the shelter down THREE separate times for being full, and each time we had closed, at least 40% of the animals in our kennels were out-of-county animals. We feel that this is unfair to the Claiborne County citizens who rely on us to be able to stay open for them, as almost all other shelters only accept animals from their county as well.
There will, however, be a few exceptions to this new rule: we will continue to accept cats from Lee County, VA as their shelter does not accept them. We will also accept animals from Hancock and Granger County due to the county not having a shelter to use.
STARTING JANUARY 1st, 2023, YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF RESIDENCY (such as a Drivers License) IN ORDER TO SURRENDER ANY ANIMAL.
Volunteers are greatly needed and appreciated as our shelter could not operate without our volunteers dedication and hard work. Many appear on short notice or on scheduled days and/or times. All volunteers must be of the age of eighteen and have a volunteer application completed and on file at the shelter. Below are just some of the activities our volunteers do:
Wash animal feed dishes
Assist with the laundry
Walk the dogs
Participate in our animal enrichment program
Any other chores/activities as needed or appropriate