Rescue Group Adoption Program


Approved rescue group adoption fees are $35 for animals that have been altered by the Shelter Veterinarian and $15 for all others.


RCAS accepts applications from rescue groups who provide a copy of the following:

  • Copy of their 501(c)3
  • Minimum of 1 written reference showing their work with a veterinarian
  • Provide a copy of the groups bylaws, policies and procedures, as well as a copy of their standard policy in vaccination and spay/neuter procedures
  • Provide a list of approved individuals for pulling animals from the Shelter. (Once the individual arrives at the Shelter, they must provide the staff with a valid photo ID, which must match the name on the list.)
  • Provide the name, phone number and contact information of the Animal Control Department in the county where they are from so RCAS can verify if this rescue is in good standing with Animal Control
  • Sign RCAS’s Rescue Group Transfer Agreement & Written Standards (PDF)

Application Process

Please allow 1-2 weeks after submittal of application for notification of approval. No rescue group will be allowed a reduced price adoption fee until such time as their application is fully processed.

Failure to adhere to any of the requirements mentioned above will result in the immediate removal of the rescue group from Rowan County Animal Services’ list of groups allowed to claim animals not otherwise selected for adoption.

Please submit all applications via email to Sasha Rabon or applications may be mailed to:

Rowan County Animal Shelter
160 Adoption Way
Salisbury, NC 28146

Attn: Sasha Rabon