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What is Chesapeake Animal Services?

Chesapeake Animal Services (CAS) is the animal control agency for Chesapeake. Chesapeake Animal Services operates under the umbrella of the Chesapeake Police Department and is staffed by 11 officers, one supervisor and one superintendent. Chesapeake Animal Control Officers have the authority to enforce the State and City codes pertaining to animals and their ownership. Animal Control Officers also have the authority to issue summonses for violations, to secure warrants and to seize animals.

Animal Control Officers are on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days per week, answering complaints such as cruelty, animal bites, license and vaccination checks as well as stray, nuisance, vicious, injured or sick animals. Two officers are assigned to an evening shift, and one of them is on call for emergencies only after the end of that shift, until 8 a.m. the next morning. Chesapeake Animal Services does not pick up dead animals.

Owners must dispose of them or place a specific or general customer service request online at the Chesapeake Customer Contact Center or call (757) 382-CITY (382-2489) for stray, dead animals along roads.

Shelter Hours of Operation
Adoption Hours
Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Sunday
Closed on all City-Observed Hoildays

Contact Information
Chesapeake Animal Services
2100 S. Military Hwy.
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Map of Our Location
Telephone (757) 382-8080
Facsimilie (757) 485-7319
After Hours (757) 382-6161
E-Mail Animal Control Unit

For more information regarding Chesapeake Animal Services, the services we offer the citizens of Chesapeake and local animal control ordinances, please visit the official website for the City of Chesapeake, VA.

Pet Adoption at Chesapeake Animal Services

Adoption Forms

Dog Adoption

Cat Adoption

"What Kind of Animals are Available?"

Some people erroneously assume that most animals are turned into shelters because they are "bad" or something is wrong with them.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Most animals arrive at shelters because owners lost them and don't look for them, or because owners did not realize what a responsibility owning a pet is, owners may be moving, families break up, or children are allergic, etc., etc. --All reasons that have nothing to do with what a wonderful pet the animal may be. Just look on our "Alumni Board" when you visit the shelter and see for yourself the wonderful animals that have found homes through our shelter.

Chesapeake Animal Services Adoption Process

Visiting and Adoption hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The shelter is closed Sundays, Wednesdays and holidays.

Some animals are lost, and by law must be held a certain number of days to give their owner time to find them. At the end of the holding period, they become the property of the City and may be adopted. Interested persons will be asked to complete an adoption application. Adopters must have lawfully required rabies vaccinations and city licenses on any pets they currently own before adopting a new pet. If the animal you like is not available yet, you may put a "First Choice" on that animal. That means we take your name, address and telephone number and file this information with that animal's paperwork. On the date the animal is available, you may come in to the shelter between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to adopt the pet. The pet will be held for you until 10:00 a.m.

To adopt an animal, you must present valid identification showing your current residence. If you rent, you must provide verification that you are permitted to have a pet.
Persons convicted of cruelty, abuse or other serious animal ordinance violations may not adopt.
Chesapeake Animal Services reserves the right to refuse adoptions not in the best interest of the animal or community.

You will be asked to sign an adoption contract promising to keep the animal only as a pet, to abide by the laws for the control and protection of animals, and, if the pet you adopt is sent home on a spay/neuter contract to have the animal spayed or neutered in accordance with that contract.

Chesapeake Animal Services Adoption Fees and Policies


Cats $75.00*

Dogs $95.00*

Kittens $75.00*

Puppies $95.00*

Adoption fees for small mammals, reptiles, birds, and livestock are set administratively and dependent upon species. The shelter staff can assist you with pricing when you select your new pet.

State law requires that all cats and dogs adopted from shelters be spayed or neutered. It is the practice of Chesapeake Animal Services that any cat or dog of appropriate age or health status be spayed or neutered before it is sent home with its adopter.

Animals not of appropriate age, i.e., too young/old or health status, i.e., ill or debilitated, will be released on a spay/neuter contract with a spay/neuter deadline provided.

The Chesapeake Humane Society (CHS) wholeheartedly supports adoptions from the Chesapeake Animal Services shelter. To that end, the adoption fees noted above provides for a spay or neuter, microchip, and rabies vaccination at their C.A.R.E. Clinic on Battlefield Blvd.

What Your Adoption Fee Buys at Chesapeake Animal Services

  • First distemper vaccine valued at a minimum of $25

  • Rabies vaccine valued at $15 (if provided by CHS C.A.R.E. Clinic)

  • Spay or neuter valued at $60 for cats and $85-120 for dogs (if provided by CHS C.A.R.E. Clinic)

  • Microchip valued at $30 (if provided by CHS C.A.R.E. Clinic)

  • Deworming valued at $5

  • A heartworm test, if age appropriate, or feline leukemia/aid test valued at $45

  • Flea treatment, if necessary, valued at $15

  • Take home leash or cat carrier, coupons, samples valued at $5

    For a total estimated value of $155 (cats/kittens) - $215 (dogs/puppies)

    *These prices are reflective of adoption fees when the adopter elects to utilize the services of The Chesapeake Humane Society C.A.R.E. Clinic for their spay/neuter services. Adopters electing or required to utilize other veterinary services due to the chosen pet’s age or health status, i.e., too old, requires dental at time of spay/neuter, requires heartworm treatment, etc. should consult with shelter staff regarding obtaining estimates, holding spay/neuter deposits, etc.

    Chesapeake Animal Services is committed to reducing the population of unwanted pets in the City of Chesapeake. Eight million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States simply because they are surplus and there are not enough homes for all of them. Chesapeake Animal Services handles approximately 5,000 animals each year. Nearly 2,000 of them are euthanized because their owners do not claim them or no one adopts them. Spaying and neutering is the law and Chesapeake Animal Services strives to enforce that law.

    View Our Adoptable Pets!

    Proper Animal Care is the Law in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Under Virginia State Code, all pet owners are responsible for providing their companion animals with the following:

  • Adequate food & fresh water

  • Adaquate space for the animals size, species & weight

  • Humane Treatment

  • Clean living conditions

  • Shelter & exercise space

  • Veterinary care and treatment.

  • Reference Source: Code of Virginia § 3.2-6570

  • & Code of Virginia § 3.2-6503

    Under Virginia State Code, Title 3.2, Chapter 65-Comprehensive Animal Care, conviction for animal cruelty as well as other animal-related offenses can result in any or all of the following punishments:

  • Fines & court costs.

  • Restitution ordered for veterinary care and boarding expenses.

  • Community service and/or anger-management classes.

  • A jail sentence ranging from several days to several years.

  • Loss of animal which can result in it's being placed up for adoption or euthanized.

  • Animal ownership privileges suspended or revoked within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Chesapeake Animal Ordinances

    The City of Chesapeake has enacted various ordinances which apply only within the city limits.

    These ordinances have been enacted by City leaders to help address issues relating to public health, safety and quality of life issues to assure that all residents can enjoy their pets as well as preserving the peace for their neighbors.:

  • Dogs and cats must stay in their own yards unless accompanied by an owner or caretaker. When off of the owner's property the animal must be physically restrained by a leash. Chesapeake §10-42

  • Dogs and cats, four months and older, must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Chesapeake §10-43

  • Dogs and cats four months and older are required to be licensed by the City Treasurer each calendar year. The cost is $10 for unspayed or unneutered dogs and cats and $4 for spayed or neutered dogs and cats. Chesapeake §10-62

  • Female dogs in season must be confined so as not to constitute a public nuisance. Chesapeake §10-46

  • Owners must clean up after pets which defecate on private or public property. Chesapeake §10-23

  • Dogs and cats that are outside and not in the immediate physical presence of their owner must wear identification. Chesapeake §10-70

  • It is unlawful to harbor stray animals longer than 14 days without having reported the animal to Chesapeake Animal Services. Chesapeake §10-21

  • Owners are subject to summonses and possible fines for the above violations not to exceed $250 each.

  • Dogs which attack other animals or humans may be impounded until a court hearing. If found to be vicious or dangerous, the dog may be destroyed, removed or otherwise confined. Chesapeake §10-47.1

  • No owner shall allow his or her dog or cat to be a nuisance. A court may order these animals removed, destroyed or otherwise confined. Chesapeake §10-45

  • Dogs and cats which bite or scratch a human must be quarantined by an Animal Control Officer for a period of 10 days. These are confined on the owner's property under order of the Health Department as a rabies control measure. Failure to comply is a criminal offense. Chesapeake §10-97

  • Owners of exotic animals, including but not limited to monkeys, wolf hybrids, poisonous reptiles, certain non-poisonous reptiles, emus, and llamas must obtain a permit from CAS. The cost is $10 per calendar year per household. Chesapeake §10-49

  • Volunteer to Help Chesapeake Animal Services

    You love animals. But, you either can't have a pet at this time of your life or you are "at your limit." You want to do something to help animals. Yes, you make donations, but you want to get involved.

    We have one word for you..........VOLUNTEER!!!

    Chesapeake Animal Services has an ongoing need for volunteers at our shelter. Our adoptions have risen streadily over the years. We believe that this is due to our wonderful volunteers. You can be a part of our volunteer family. You can:

  • Become an ADOPTION COUNSELOR at the shelter. We have beautiful animals for adoption. We have wonderful families looking for that special pet. Our adoption counselors guide our visitors through the shelter, explain the adoption procedure, answer questions, and guide adopters through the process. By helping to match the right pet with the right family, they make everyone happy and save a life. Chesapeake Animal Services even does off-site adoptions at places such as PetSmart during their "Adopt-A-Thons".

  • Become a KENNEL ASSISTANT helping to clean, feed and care for animals. Animals need vaccinations, medications, brushing, bathing, walks and treats. That extra TLC goes a long way!

  • Become an OFFICE ASSOCIATE helping to answer telephones, taking calls for service, assisting citizens, checking lost and found, completing reports and forms, and assisting officers in the field via radio communications.

  • Become a VOLUNTEER DRIVER transporting animals to veterinary hospitals and groomers, picking up donations, making deliveries to laboratories, assisting citizens with traps, and more! Volunteer drivers drive a City vehicle and use the police radio, so they must have a good driving record.

  • Training for volunteers is provided by CAS staff and senior volunteers. Join our volunteer family and make a difference in a homeless animal's life. If not you, then who????? Call today for the date and time of the next new volunteer orientation.

    Additional Ways to Volunteer

    Friends of Chesapeake Animal Services is seeking volunteers to help with fundraising events, public education as well as other activities all aimed towards a common goal-helping the animals in Chesapeake Animal Services find a new, forever home.

    The Chesapeake Humane Society is always searching for volunteers to help with fundraising, public events such as "Bark in the Park" and the Chesapeake Jubilee as well as support for their spay/neuter clinic that helps Chesapeake residents obtain low-cost services for their pets.

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