Cherokee County Animal Control, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Cherokee County are three distinct organizations but work hand-in-hand.

Animal Control

Animal Control is a division of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control enforces the county’s tethering ordinance and will investigate and pick up nuisance animals.

Call 864-487-8529, ext 3 to report a nuisance animal.

You can also request a trap from Animal Control at no cost. You are responsible for returning the trap to Animal Control. If a stray is caught, please contact Animal Control and they will come collect the animal. If you lose a trap, the fees are $225 for a large trap, $125 for a small trap and $65 for a cat trap.

Animal Shelter

The Cherokee County Animal Shelter accepts strays, surrendered and lost and found animals and tries to return them to their owners.

To submit a lost or found pet, email a photo and description of the pet, along with where he or she was lost or found, to [email protected].

If you see your lost pet on our Facebook page, please email [email protected] and include the Animal’s ID number and your contact information. You may also call the shelter at 864-487-0161.

Surrender an Animal

Report Lost Animal

Report Stray Animal

Report Found Animal

Humane Society (Adopt a Pet)

Pets available for adoption are housed at the Humane Society of Cherokee County. Email the Humane Society at [email protected].

State and Local Laws

Section 47-4-50 of the South Carolina Code of Laws governs pets.


An animal must be kept under restraint by means of a chain, leash, fence or other restraining device, or must be sufficiently near the owner or keeper to be directly under their control and obedient to that person’s commands, or must be on the owner’s property or on property with that owner’s permission, or within a vehicle. Failure to comply may result in jail time and/or a fine of $155.

Failure to Inoculate

Pets must be inoculated annually by a licensed veterinarian. Failure to comply may result in jail time and/or a fine of $845.

Local ordinances

To view the Cherokee County ordinances pertaining to animals, click here.

Cherokee County Animal Control (Sheriff’s Office)
312 E. Frederick St.
Gaffney, SC 29340

Hours of Operation
Mondays through Fridays
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 864-487-8529
Fax: 864-487-2758

Donnie Crowe, Supervisor

Todd Coggins, Officer

Cherokee County Animal Shelter
163 Progressive Dr.
Gaffney, SC 29340

Hours of Operation

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Noon to 4 p.m.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone: 864-487-0161

Kelly Ellis, Manager

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