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 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.

You will be required to fill out an Adoption Application regarding the animal you wish to adopt. Please note, we have the right to refuse adoption to anyone.

Our Adoption fee is $10 and all our animals are microchipped and come with a low cost spay and neuter program ($25) thanks to a local Non-Profit, APAW (Amelia Patron's for Animal Welfare).

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.

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
Please phone us on 276-236-8501 to check that the dog or cat you want to visit is still available. Monday: 10am-12pm, 3pm-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-12pm
Wednesday: 10am-12pm, 3pm-6pm
Thursday: 10am-12pm
Friday: 10am-12pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

If you are unable to visit during regular business hours, please call the shelter (804-561-3878) and make an appointment.

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



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