Animal Services

The Outer Banks SPCA operates Dare County Animal Care Services.  This Department is currently providing services to the following areas: 

  • unincorporated Dare County (Manns Harbor, Wanchese, Hatteras Villages, etc.)

  • Manteo (inside and outside town limits)

  • Kitty Hawk

  • Southern Shores

  • Duck

  • unincorporated Kill Devil Hills (Baum Bay through Colington Harbor)

Dare County provides all animal related services including:

  • animal welfare complaints or concerns

  • animal cruelty investigation and charges

  • public nuisance issues

  • animal to human bites 

  • calls regarding injured or stray dogs or cats.


To reach Dare County Animal Services please call 252-475-5620.  

Nags Head Police Department has their own animal control services.  To reach that department please call 252-441-6386 or                to visit their website.

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department has an animal control department and impoundment shelter that serves the incorporated town of Kill Devil Hills.  To reach the Kill Devil Hills animal control department please call 252-480-4047 or                  to visit their website.

Operating Hours

Dare County Animal Care Services normal operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to to 4:30pm.


The department provides reduced after hours emergency services on weekdays from 4:30 pm to 8:30 am.  The department operates these same services on weekends and holidays.   

Surrender Services

The Outer Banks SPCA accepts animals from anywhere within Dare County, but stray animals in Kill Devil Hills must first be taken to the holding facility there.  To contact that facility please call 252-480-4047.

Owner surrenders are received by appointment only.  

To surrender a dog please call
              252 475 5634
To Surrender a cat please call
             252 475 5678

Shelter Information



PO Box 2477

Manteo, NC 27954


1031 Driftwood Drive

Manteo, NC 27954

Phone:  252-475-5620


Adoption Hours


Monday thru Friday  11am to 5pm

Saturdays 11am to 2pm

*March - September we are open until 7pm on Wednesdays


Office hours start at 8:30 am Monday thru Friday

*Owner Surrenders are by appointment only

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