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4 PAWS Rescue Team, Inc.

PO Box 2908, Merrifield, VA

Phone: 703-715-6369

A Forever Home Rescue Foundation

PO Box 222801, Chantilly, VA

Phone: 703-961-8690

Accomack County Animal Control

PO Box 149, Accomac, VA

Phone: 757-787-1131

Adopt A Spot Dalmatian Rescue

PO Box 9375, Chesapeake, VA

Phone: 757-484-2940

Alleghany County Animal Control

265 W Main St, Covington, VA

Phone: 540-965-1770

Alleghany Highlands All Breed Rescue, Inc.

6252 McKinney Holw Rd, Eagle Rock, VA

Phone: 540-968-2612

Alleghany Humane Society

9313 Rich Patch Rd, Covington, VA

Phone: 540-862-2436

Amelia County Animal Control

16565 5 Forks Rd, Amelia Court House, VA

Phone: 804-561-3878

Amelia Patrons for Animal Welfare, Inc.

PO Box 725, Amelia Court House, VA

Phone: 804-561-2244

Amherst County Animal Control

PO Box 390, Amherst, VA

Phone: 434-946-9400
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Amherst County Humane Society

322 Shelter Ln, Amherst, VA

Phone: 804-946-9410

Angels of Assisi

415 Cpbell Ave SW, Roanoke, VA

Phone: 540-344-8707

Animal Allies Burke Alexandria

PO Box 7040, Fairfax Station, VA

Phone: 703-940-9183

Animal Assistance League of Virginia, Inc.

1149 New Mill Dr, Chesapeake, VA

Phone: 757-548-0045

Animal Care New River Valley, Inc.

1 Squires Student Cente, Blacksburg, VA

Phone: 540-522-7925

Animal Care of Mathews

241 Main St, Mathews, VA

Phone: 804-725-5242

Animal Connections, Inc.

2471 Troy Rd, Troy, VA

Phone: 434-589-1900

Animal Shelter

6154 Stratford Hall Rd, Montross, VA

Phone: 804-493-0869

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA

Phone: 703-838-4774

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-931-9241
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Animal Welfare League of Fairfax County

PO Box 820, Berryville, VA

Animal Welfare League, Inc.

75 N Main St, Kilmarnock, VA

Phone: 804-435-0822

Appomattox County Animal Control

PO Box 836, Appomattox, VA

Phone: 804-352-7922

Augusta County Animal Control

PO Box 590, Verona, VA

Phone: 540-245-5635

Augusta Regional SPCA

33 Archery Ln, Staunton, VA

Phone: 540-885-7722

BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program

7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, VA

Phone: 800-370-3936

Basset Rescue of Old Dominion

3445 Seminole Trl, Charlottesville, VA

Phone: 866-710-9476

Bath Animal Welfare Foundation

9295 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA

Phone: 540-839-8666

Bath County Animal Shelter

1164 Virginia Ave, Hot Springs, VA

Phone: 540-839-7210

Beath Animal Shelter

PO Box 628, Dillwyn, VA

Phone: 434-983-7387
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Best Little Cat House In Va

26474 Honey Locust Rd, Abingdon, VA

Phone: 540-842-2404

Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue

1950 Kirby Rd, McLean, VA

Phone: 571-766-0980

Botefourt County Animal Control

PO Box 18, Fincastle, VA

Phone: 540-473-8030

Bristol City Animal Control

415 Cumberland St, Bristol, VA

Phone: 276-645-7400

Bristol Humane Society

16222 Lee Highway, Bristol, VA

Phone: 423-968-9136

Brook Hill Restoration Inc

7289 Bellevue Rd, Forest, VA

Phone: 540-586-7432

Brunswick County Animal Shelter

595 Planters Rd, Lawrenceville, VA

Phone: 434-848-0912

Buchanan County Animal Shelter

PO Box 252, Buckingham, VA

Phone: 703-586-7690

Buchanan County Humane Society

PO Box 758, Grundy, VA

Phone: 703-935-7200

Buckingham County Animal Control

PO Box 950, Grundy, VA

Phone: 276-935-6580
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About Animal Shelters

An animal shelter or pound is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated. Animal shelters offices offer a variety of low-cost services for pets residing in the County: rabies vaccinations, annual vaccine packages, microchipping and more!

Please note, all pets surrendered to Animal Care & Control must be current on vaccinations (this is for the health and safety of the pet). Proof of vaccinations is required. For pets not current on vaccines, they can be brought to the shelter for this service; pet owners will then need to take the pet home for 14 days to allow the vaccines time to take effect before surrendering.

Shelters generally take in all sorts of animals (not just pets depending on local restrictions) and are almost always full. Because a big number of animal shelters take in all sorts of animals, they can have a problem keeping all of them and this often ends with the shelter having to euthanize animals rather than set them loose to fend on their own. Of course people who run or work in shelters do not want this to happen and some have no-kill policies in place but sometimes, letting the animal be put to sleep is the best option for the homeless animal and the community. This is the reason why shelter animals are typically seen as having their days numbered because in many instances, that can really be true.

Animal Shelter Pros

Animals are housed in the shelter’s facility so you’ll have a chance to see available animals for adoption. Processing time for adoption is usually shorter and have fewer requirements as compared to adopting from an animal rescue (Do your due diligence about your shelter if you have any questions). There is an easier way to interact with a future pet since some shelters provide a meeting area or playroom for you to meet and be acquainted with an animal you like. A majority of shelters treat their animal’s minor health conditions… And would also deworm plus spay and neuter before letting the animal be ready for adoption. This means that you will save a considerable amount on vet fees.

Animal Shelter Cons

Some animal shelters may be in a hurry to get you to take the pet home. This can have negative results depending on your and the pet’s needs and personality. Keep in mind that shelters have very limited space and they would always need new space to house other animals. Some animals in the shelter have no known history whatsoever. Another possible issue is that since animals have a short turn-around time in most shelters, the staff and volunteers may not really know enough about the animal to gauge whether it will be a good fit with you. Private shelters may have a lot of requirements and fees before letting you adopt or take home a pet. For some people, a minimal fee can be a con despite the fee being considerably cheaper than to bringing an intact pet to a vet for spaying and neutering. Shelter animals are often not on their best behavior because a shelter can be a very scary place for an animal who is not used to being in a confined space with other animals (this also applies even to the most well run shelters). For this reason, you might miss opting for a great pet just because the animal was scared when you met it.