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Amelia County Animal Shelter
16565 Five Forks Road,
Amelia Court House,
VA, 23002

Phone: (804) 561-3878

Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am-6pm, Tuesday: 10am-3pm, Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday-Friday: 10am-3pm.
NOTE: You will need to call the shelter and speak to someone in order to make an appointment.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

The pet in the photo (top right) is looking for a home. Click on the picture for more information about it.

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Who we are
The Amelia County Animal Shelter is a small county shelter with 12 dog kennels, operated by Amelia Animal Control under the requirements of the Code of the Virginia. The shelter accepts animals as required under the Code and works to place animals back with their owners, adopt them to new owners, or place them with other non-profit animal welfare agencies that are able to find them new homes. Animals are adopted on a first come first served basis, so always contact the Shelter to check that the animal you are interested in is still available. Volunteers are always needed, and welcome! For more information see the Amelia County Animal Control website.

Volunteer We are looking for volunteers. If you love dogs and being outside when the weather is nice then we have the opportunity for you. We need adult volunteers in the afternoons to work with our dogs to play with them, teach them leash manners and maybe some tricks. We have all the treats you need along with tennis balls and frisbees. Come be part of the fun and make some new furry friends along the way. We guarantee a happy heart and a face full of smiles every time you come.

We would like to start a foster program at the shelter. If you have extra time and experience of caring for a dog or cat, but not sure of a life long commitment to a pet, then this may be something that would interest you. Some of our pets need help that we do not have time to do consistently. Leash walking, socializing, learning commands in a home environment would go a long way to helping some of these animals get adopted. It would give us valuable feedback on that animal and with proper training would help make them happier and more adoptable. If you would seriously be interested in fostering please let us know.

When fostering for the Mason County Animal Shelter, you are volunteering to temporarily care for the animal. This includes basic necessities like food, water and shelter. While the dog is in your care, the animal still belongs to the Mason County Animal Shelter. The point of fostering is to help provide the animal with socialization and loving care. A full copy of the foster agreement is available upon request at the shelter.

TikTok A Day in the Life of the Shelter

Lost your dog?
Some of the stray dogs are featured on the Amelia Animal Shelter Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your dog.

Want to Adopt a dog?
1. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet
If you have seen a pet online then please phone 304-675-6458 to check that it is still available.

2. Submit Application
Fill in an Adoption Application Form. We will review your application and contact your vet for a reference. You must complete an Adoption Application form and pass reference checks before you can take a dog home

3. Meet the Pet
If you already have a dog, it is a good idea to bring your dog to meet the potential new dog to see if they get along.

4. Sign Adoption Contract
Sign the adoption paperwork and pay the adoption fee which covers vetting.

Click here to read our Adoption Information and Conditions

Find the right dog for you
When looking for that new family member please remember to really think about the things you and your family want and need in a pet that fits the family lifestyle. Get to know your breeds! Some breeds require more space, exercise and circumstances than others. Even if you are going to adopt a mixed breed, look into what it's primary breed needs in a home, environment and exercise. Your new family member needs to be wanted by everyone in the family and included in your daily lives to be truly happy. Click here for more information on how to find the right dog.

Please Donate to Help the Dogs
We need towels, blankets, hard and soft dog food, basic cleaning supplies and dog beds. We also have an Amazon Wishlist. See our Donation Page for other items we can use. You can also donate to our Medical Fund. For more information about how you can donate, see our Donation Page. On behalf of the dogs thank you.

No Squeeky Toys Please
Toys that make a noise when you squeeze them can encourage some dogs to be aggressive towards young children because they squeek too. The device that makes the noise is usually small and can be harmful if swallowed. Some toys of this type contain a small battery which is poisonous if the dog eats it. The best toys are tuggers, tennis balls and hard chew toys that cannot be ripped apart.

Keep your dog in the family

Visiting Amelia County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on (804) 561-3878 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available.
Location Map of Amelia County Animal Shelter, Amelia Court House, VA

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