Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc.

Spruce Pine, North Carolina


Mitchell County Animal Rescue's mission is

to protect, rescue, and care for abandoned and unwanted animals;

to promote the importance of spay/neuter in reducing the population

of stray animals, to place animals in loving homes;

and to educate young people in humane treatment of animals.


Our Services

adoptions • stray & surrendered pets • lost & found • cruelty investigations

low-cost spay/neuter • low-cost rabies clinics • pet food bank • education


Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc. (MCAR) is a not-for-profit humane organization, contracted by the county to operate the animal shelter. We receive support from the county but could not exist without funds from grants, individual donations, and fundraising events. We rely heavily upon donations from people like you so we can properly care for the stray and unwanted pets in our care and prepare them for adoption into loving homes.

We are a low-kill, open admission shelter. We do not euthanize for space, and only consider euthanasia an option with severe, untreatable medical problems or behavior/aggression that can not be resolved. Many no-kill shelters are selective about the animals they accept, guaranteeing adoption success. MCAR accepts all, provided they are from Mitchell County. All animals in our care are given the chance each deserves, regardless of breed, age, condition. We work closely with local vets and have created the Have Mercy Fund for shelter animals with special medical needs, as well as the Patricia Beam Spay/Neuter Fund to make surgery affordable for shelter and community pets in need. Mitchell County residents need to call to schedule in unwanted pets. All adopted pets are spayed or neutered before leaving for their new homes.

We also work with law enforcement in cruelty investigations, offer low cost spay/neuter programs for publicly owned pets, pet food bank for those in need, provide humane education, and low cost rabies clinics in cooperation with the health department.

Do not hesitate to call if we can be of service to you. 

828 765-6952