The Animal Service Division of the Code Enforcement Department includes the County Animal Shelter and Animal Enforcement. Shelter staff operates and maintains the Animal Shelter while Animal Enforcement enforces State Laws and County Ordinances regarding animal control.
Adoption hours: Monday - Friday: 11:00 - 5:00 | Saturday 11:00 - 4:30
Adoption fees: Dogs -$70.00 | Cats - $35.00 (includes spay/neuter, microchip & rabies shot) - (May vary depending on monthly specials) visit www.fotasaiken.org to see the wonderful dogs and cats for adoption.
For volunteer & foster opportunities at the Shelter – visit www.fotasaiken.org.
Citizen Stray Intake hours- Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00
Owner Surrender by Appointment: - Call 803.642.1537 prompt #7
Surrender Fees: $15.00 per animal
Surrender Fee Exceptions: Surrender of Female w/ litter of 1-6 is $25.00 | Surrender of Female w/ 7+ is $50.00
Fees for Animal Enforcement Officer pick up of owner surrendered dog or cat: $50.00 up to $100 depending on required euthanasia/disposal fee.
County Low Cost Spay/Neuter Voucher Program – Vouchers for participating vet clinics are available at Code Enforcement in the Aiken County Government Center for qualified Aiken County citizens who need financial assistance to spay/neuter their dogs or cats.
Aiken County passed a Return to Field Resolution in February 2016. Referred to as the "TNR Program" (Trap & Release). Community/Feral cats trapped by Aiken County citizens may now be brought to the shelter by appointment and can be fixed free of charge. The altered cats will then be given back to the citizen to return to field. The number of return to field surgeries the shelter can accommodate are limited to 32 each month. Please contact the Animal Shelter @ 803.642.1537 for more information.
The Aiken County Animal Shelter provides animal services for the unincorporated area of Aiken County.
The County Animal Shelter is located at 333 Wire Road, at the intersection with May Royal Drive.
Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the programs at the Aiken County Animal Shelter. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Aiken County's shelter animals, increase pet adoption, and prevent unwanted and mistreated pets. The Aiken County Shelter currently takes in 5,000 to 6,000 cats and dogs each ear. Sadly, some of which have to be euthanized. Aiken County Council and FOTAS are working diligently to help the Shelter save thousands of homeless pets each year.
Please consider supporting FOTAS by making a donation or volunteering.