Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center: Who Are We?
Our mission is accomplished by working with our citizens and other animal welfare organizations; by enforcing the domestic animals laws of our Commonwealth and our City, providing educational programs and humanely providing care, nourishment and a safe environment for the unwanted, stray, abused and abandoned animals in our City.
We will educate the public about responsible companion animal ownership, aggressively investigate animal cruelty cases, find homes for the homeless animals and humanely euthanize the unwanted animals in our community.
Officers answer calls for service from 6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily, including holidays. After 11:00 p.m., an Animal Control Officer is on stand-by to assist injured animals or handle emergency situations after hours. To report an animal related violation, please contact the Animal Control Dispatcher at: (757) 385-4444 Emergency 911
For more information regarding the Virginia Beach Animal Control Unit, the services we offer the citizens of Virginia Beach and local animal control ordinances, please visit our official website on VBGov.com
Adopt a Pet From Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center
Yes, animals are available for adoption! Animals that are impounded at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center are held for a minimum of 5 days commencing on the first day after impoundment.
Animals without a collar are held for 5 days, animals with a collar are held for 10 days. These animals are available for adoption if not first claimed by their rightful owner. Sterilization of a dog or cat adopted from the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is required under Virginia State Code §3.2-6546
All other companion Animals $15.00
Before You Adopt, You Should Know...
The Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center handles approximately 7000 animals annually. Many of the animals that
arrive are strays with no health or behavior history.
Due to the high volume of animals that arrive at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center shelter from strays found by Officers, animals that have been surrendered to our care by their owners and those that are turned is as strays by citizens, we do our best to keep our listings updated with pets currently available in our shelter.
Animal License Requirements in Virginia Beach
§5-300 of the Code of Virginia Beach states:
Under the recently amended city code, pet owners can obtain an animal license that is valid for up to three years that runs concurrently with your pet's rabies vaccination.
Animal License Fees:
The animal license fees for the City of Virginia Beach as defined by §5-303 are as follows:
* Pursuant to Virginia Code §3.2-6500, a "kennel" is any establishment in which five or more canines are kept for the purpose of breeding, hunting, training, renting, buying, boarding, selling, or showing. A "cattery" is a similar establishment for felines. The owner of a kennel or cattery shall pay the kennel or cattery tax imposed above but shall not be required to also pay the individual dog or cat license fees listed in subsections (1) and (2) for any dog or cat that is owned by the owner of the kennel or cattery and that is housed within the kennel or cattery.
Why Are Animal Licenses Important?
Animal licenses have been a part of pet ownership in America since the early 1800's and were initially used as the only means by which animal control officers of the day could distinguish stray animals from those that had owners.
What Else Can You Do?
As any experienced pet owner knows, an animal's collar can be lost or removed either by the pet's owner for a variety of reasons, the animal somehow frees themselves of it or it could be removed by another person.
This is why the Virginia Beach Bureau of Animal Control urges pet owners to consider having their pet implanted with an RFID microchip to help our Officers, Veterinarians or other animal shelter staff members identify your pet and return it to you. A microchip is also a valuable tool in helping determine beyond a doubt the rightful owner(s) of a pet when ownership might be in question.
When a pet is received by Virginia Beach Animal Control, upon it's arrival at our shelter it is "scanned" for a microchip using a hand-held reader that emits a low-power radio signal.
If a microchip is implanted in the pet being scanned, the microchip will reflect an alpha-numeric identification number that is then displayed on the chip reader. Shelter staff will contact the manufacturer of the microchip to obtain the owners contact information in order to return the pet to it's owner.
Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is seeking motivated volunteers who would like to assist the animals in our shelter find new homes and need your help.
Applicants must meet Volunteer Requirements established by the City of Virginia Beach, submit to a criminal background check and must never have been arrested, charged or convicted of any animal-related crime in any jurisdiction.