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Return to Owner Policy

Foothills Humane SocietyReturn to Owner Policy

Foothills Humane Society provides intake to stray animals from Polk County, North Carolina and, when capacity permits, Landrum, Campobello and Gowensville, South Carolina. Upon intake of a stray animal, the animal is checked for a microchip and every effort is made to contact the owner listed with the microchip. Because FHS must undertake specific intake procedures and feed, water and house the animal until the owner retrieves it, FHS must charge a Return to Owner Fee. This fee is established below:

  • Boarding fees:
    • $35 if animal is retrieved within the first 24 hours.
    • $15 per day boarding fee for animals remaining in the shelter over 24 hours
  • After 72 hours, additional expenses for veterinary costs incurred may apply

Upon 72-hour hold period in the shelter with no owner contact, State law provides that the animal becomes FHS property. At this point, the animal has been tested, vaccinated, etc., and will not be released without being spayed or neutered.

Polk County Animal Control Ordinance Section 15 part 6a states that, “any person adopting or reclaiming any animal at the animal shelter shall have the animal vaccinated prior to leaving the shelter.”    Therefore, owners reclaiming their animals must either provide proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies or must provide permission to FHS to vaccinate the animal prior to leaving the shelter.