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

Phone: (804) 561-3878
E-mail: Ameliaanimalshelter@ameliacova.com
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AmeliaAnimalShelter

Area map: Location Map of Amelia County Animal Shelter, VA

The shelter is open to the public from 10am-6pm Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10am-3pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We will continue offering appointments; as it guarantees a more enjoyable experience for the visitors and the animals, as well as complies with guidelines involving Covid and social distancing. You can schedule an appointment many ways; Call us at 804-561-3878, email at Ameliaanimalshelter@ameliacova.com or message us on Facebook. We look forward to another great year with our community and are happy to offer more hours.

The dogs at Amelia County Animal Control need our help! Please consider adopting, rescuing, networking and donating to help them find rescues/homes. Amelia County Animal Shelter is located in Amelia County, Virginia. They are a government run facility operated by the Amelia County Animal Control. Our Adoption fee is $10 and all our animals come with a $25 Spay/Neuter/Rabies certificate to either Village Vet or Countryside Animal Clinic (this includes the exam, the surgery and the Rabies vaccine) thanks to a local Non-Profit, APAW (Amelia Patrons for Animal Welfare). State law requires that anyone adopting a shelter animal must have it spayed/neutered within 30 days of leaving the shelter. Virginia law requires that a sterilization agreement be signed. This agreement states that you will have the adopted animal sterilized within 30 days or by 6 months of age. If you do not live in a surrounding county, the dog or cat will have to be sterilized before it leaves our facility. All our animals come with a microchip and 30 day free trial of pet insurance. All puppies will have been started on vaccines and dewormed, and some of the older dogs have as well, depending on the situation.

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

Who we are
The Amelia County Animal Shelter is a county shelter operated 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.

Our shelter is run by our Animal Control staff of only two Officers and a part time Kennel Technician. We are responsible for covering 340 square miles in Amelia County and deal with cats, dogs, and livestock. Our shelter only has 12 dog runs and 12 cat cages, but despite that, we took in just under 800 animals in 2018. In 2019 we saved 668 animals, a live release rate of 96.56%. People that have found an animal or want to dispose of their animal must call the shelter to have it collected or bring it to the shelter during our business hours.

Click here to see a video tour of Amelia Animal Shelter

Our goal is to save as many animals possible and place them in loving forever homes or get them into rescues who can do the same. See the FAQ's page for links to rescues that take animals from Amelia County Animal Shelter. We have gone from an 18% euthanasia rate to 3% over the last 5 years. We offer a low cost spay/neuter for all animals adopted from us and work with a local non-profit to provide the same low-cost options to the residents of Amelia and other surrounding counties. We saw a very large decrease in the number of kittens this last year than the last two, which means our efforts are making a difference! We are also now offering low cost microchipping by appointment - see below.

If you are a rescue and would like to pull an animal from the shelter, we can always use additional rescue partners. You must be a 501(c)(3) organisation and report annual numbers to VDACS. You will have to be registered with us before you can take animals from us.

Volunteers are always needed, and welcome. We welcome volunteers at any time during our normal hours. Even if it is just a one-day thing to come walk dogs and play with the cats, or an all-day trip for a group, like scouts, or a sports team coming in to help clean and get some hours for those pesky college applications. If you would like to help please phone or visit us during our opening hours. Transporters: We require a signed animal cruelty waiver, and a signed volunteer form (We will provide both).

Lost your dog or cat?
Stray dogs and cats are kept for 5 days before being put up for adoption. Contact the shelter to check whether your pet is there. Some of the stray dogs and cats are featured on our Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your pet.

How can you make sure your lost pet is found again - Follow the tips below:

  1. The very day your pet goes missing, call your local animal shelter and leave a description of your pet. Better yet, take by a flyer with their picture. Check the shelter with your own eyes. Your blue may be my black. Once the stray hold has expired and the animal has found a new home, chances are slim of you ever getting your pet back.
  2. Microchip your pet! It works like a licence tag on a car. Every pet that comes into the shelter is checked for a microchip. Please keep your contact information up to date (phone numbers, address, e-mail address). Amelia County Animal Shelter will microchip your pet for $25 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. Book your microchip appointment by clicking here.
  3. Keep tags on your pet at all times. County/City Rabies tags must be kept on pets collars at all times. We can use these to get your pet home.
  4. Post your missing pet on social media. Every day, pets find their way home without even coming to the shelter. Post them on the Amelia County Animal Shelter Facebook Page.
  5. Never take the collar off of your dog. It seems that most pets run off on the rare occasion that the owner takes their collar with ID off.

  6. Finally: Check back at the shelter for the weeks following your pets disappearance. We have had dogs reclaimed that had been missing for a year!

Adopting a dog?
Virginia law says that we have to keep a dog for 5 days so that the owner can claim it before we can put the dog up for adoption. If you are interested in a particular dog before its available date please contact us. We would like a dog to go to a new home or rescue as soon as possible after its 'available' date.

For animals that have not been spayed or neutered: adoptions are open to residents of Amelia, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie Counties. If an animal is already spayed or neutered then it is available to be adopted by anyone (even out of state residents). Phone to check that the dog is available and what paperwork is required from you.

Make sure that you are able to take your dog home on the day you adopt it. We will not keep a dog for you after its "available" day.

  • Residents of Amelia and adjacent counties (Chesterfield, Powhatan, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie County) may adopt pets from Amelia County Animal Shelter with proper identification required.
  • To adopt a dog you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must provide a picture ID with a current address at the time of the adoption.
  • Each pet is required to be vaccinated for rabies within seven days of adoption, if it is four months of age or older. Rabies vaccination is required for each pet, upon turning four months of age.
  • Every new owner of a pet adopted from Amelia County Animal Shelter shall have the pet sterilized within thirty days of the pet turning six months of age, or within thirty days if the pet is over six months of age.
  • Out of state adoptions must be spayed or neutered before leaving Virginia.
  • Return of the proper paperwork (sterilization and rabies certificates) is required within seven days of sterilization.
  • State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.

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 canned cat food, puppy potty pads, canned dog food, kitten chow (canned or hard), puppy chow (canned or hard), basic cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, and dog beds or you may mail a donation to Amelia County Animal Shelter, 16565 Five Forks Road, Amelia Court House, VA 23002. On behalf of the animals 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

Cats Needing Homes
Please take the time to check out all the nice young kittens and cats kittens and cats here. Please contact us for more information about the cats available for adoption.

Visiting Amelia County Animal Shelter

Location Map of Amelia County Animal Shelter, VA.

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