Animal Control

Animal Control CarWhat to Report to Animal Control

  • Dog or cat bites
  • Animal cruelty or neglect
  • Human exposure with potential rabid animals
  • Sick or injured domestic animals or livestock
  • Stray dogs without collars or identification


In the event of a livestock incident/attack or an animal exposure/bite/injury, contact Dispatch at 434-352-7922.

What Animal Control Officers are not required to respond to:

  • Stray cats - Call the Animal Shelter at 434-352-3103
    Feral Cat Information
  • Owner-surrender inquiries - Call the Animal Shelter at 434-352-3103
  • Wildlife conflict or sightings - Call the Virginia Wildlife Conflict Helpline at 855-571-9003, 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  After hours call 540-241-4045.
  • Injured or orphaned wildlife - If you wish to help, you may elect to contact the Virginia Wildlife Center at 540-942-9453 or the Wildlife Hotline at 855-571-9003.  The Virginia Wildlife Center is located at 1800 South Delphine Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980
  • Deceased animal on or along a road or highway - Call VDOT at  800-367-7623

Pet Center

The Appomattox Public Animal Shelter is located at 3074 Morning Star Road, Appomattox VA.  To view animals available for adoption, please visit Adopt A Pet For additional information on adoptable animals as well as strays recently picked up, please visit the Animal Shelter Facebook page.  There you will also find other valuable information including the hours, adoption fees and helpful resources.

How to Help

  • Minimize contact between pets and wildlife
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help prevent your pets from straying and to help reduce the number of stray pets in our community
  • If you can identify the owner of a stray dog or cat, call the owner for pick up 
  • Keep identification tags, county license tags and rabies tags on your pets at all times so they can be more easily identified and returned to you
  • Consider having your pet micro-chipped to make reconciliation with a lost pet even easier

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