The McDowell County Animal Shelter accepts stray animals and serves as an adoption center for those that are adoptable. Constantly the shelter is near or at capacity. Adoption rates are $65 for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens and include a mandatory spaying or neutering, rabies vaccination and medical examination by one of the county’s participating veterinarians. The hours for the shelter are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are located at 3751 N.C. 226 in Marion. For more information, call 652-6643.