Animal Shelter

Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter

Shannon Posada,



(423) 547-6359


135 Sycamore Shoals Dr
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm
Saturdays by appointments only
Closed on Sundays

Closed all holidays

Animal Control and Reporting Animal Issues

Non-Emergency Calls:

If you have a non-emergency call, please call the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter during regular business hours between 9:00 am- 4:30 pm Monday-Friday. If you get our answering machine, please leave a message for assistance and the calls will be returned the next business day. The messages are checked several times daily during operating hours. Please know, we have one Animal Control Officer that is covering the entire Carter County area. Please be patient as he responds to each call as they are prioritized. Please do not call 911 for non-emergency situations. We do understand that you have been asked to call 911 previously for  animal control calls. As the call volume has increased throughout the county, both ECCAS & 911 Board members has  came to this solution together to better serve our county.

Emergency Calls:

If you have an emergency that and officer is needed, please call 911. An emergency is an injured animal, aggressive animal that is a threat to people or other animals, animals that are severely neglected,  and animals that have been or are being abused.

To keep up with Shelter news, learn about special adoption events, and to see adoptable pets, please check us out on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Shelter News:


We are excited to offer a Community/Feral Cat program to our Carter County Community. This program will allow the community an opportunity to have the community/feral cats spayed or neutered, ear tipped, and a rabies vaccine at absolutely no charge! That’s correct No Charge! This program is being offered through the ASPCA of Asheville, NC. The ear tip is to identify the cat has been spayed or neutered! This program can help tremendously with the cat population in our area. This program is for Carter County residents only! Please be patient as we received permission from the Carter County Commission on August 17, 2020, for this program and are currently working to schedule spay & neuter appointments. Please call the shelter for more information and to be placed on a list for sprays and neuters. If we are unable to get to the phone please leave a message and our staff will contact you. In order to participate in this program, the person bringing in the cat must sign this release form: Spay-Neuter Transportation Release
Please share this exciting news with our Carter County Community!
As always, we appreciate your love and support!

Top Five Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet

  • You’ll Save a Life
  • You’ll Get a Healthy Pet
  • You’ll Save Money
  • You’ll Feel Better
  • You Won’t Be Supporting Puppy Mills

Adoptable Dogs and Cats

Carter County Government extends their thanks and appreciation to the Estate of Glenda Taylor DeLawder for their loving gift of the Suncatcher Catios and for Custom Cages’ owner Adam Keller and Ted Judy – Public Relations & Social Media Manager for producing this wonderful video.