What We Do

WCJC Animal Shelter

Our Organization

We are here for animals who are lost, surrendered, neglected or mistreated, and who all deserve a chance with a loving family of their very own. We provide a soft bed, food, comfort, medical evaluation, medical treatment, and vaccinations for each animal in our shelter. We place all animals who can humanely and safely be adopted into a loving home. An incredibly dedicated staff, generous volunteers, and donors ensure every animal is given all the care and resources available to help them thrive in a new, forever home.

Washington County Johnson City Animal Shelter Annual Statistics


Return to Owner

Animals reunited with their owners


Shelter Adoptions

Animals adopted from the shelter



Animals saved via transfer to rescue


Incoming Animals

Animals coming into the shelter

Surrendering Your Pet

When an animal is surrendered to the shelter, his/her owner relinquishes all rights to that animal. We urge anyone surrendering a pet to consider all possible alternatives before surrendering their ownership of their animal. The following points may be helpful:


  • A friend or family member may be willing to help. Please contact others who may be able to care for your pet either on a temporary or long-term basis.
  • Many behavioral problems can be resolved. Please consider contacting a local trainer to work with you and your pet.
  • Pets should not be “set free,” or left in a park or woods. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and often suffer starvation or traumatic injury.
  • Do not leave your pet behind in your former home, assuming someone will find him/her—this does not always happen in time for the animal.
  • Never give your pet away to a stranger. Not everyone is responsible or able to provide adequate pet care. Some people view animals as commodities that can be used for inhumane purposes and/or sold for research.
If you have exhausted all other possibilities, contact the shelter to make an appointment to bring your pet to the shelter.

Necessary Documentation

If you choose to relinquish ownership of your pet, the shelter will ask for the following:


  • A valid form of photo ID
  • Any pertinent records pertaining to the pet (medical records, rabies tag/certificate, etc)
  • A brief profile of the pet’s habits and behaviors (which you will complete at the shelter)
  • Proof of Johnson City or Washington County residency


The shelter requires that the pet’s actual owner relinquish custody of the animal. If you are bringing in an owned pet that is not yours, we require the animal’s actual owner to sign the animal over to the shelter.