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Petersburg Animal Care & Control

1600 Johnson Road
Petersburg, VA 23805

Adoption Policy


Our animals are available for viewing at:

Or on our Facebook (recent photos): in our most recent photos usually.

If you find someone you like you have to apply first to see if you will get approved. If you are approved then we can set up an appointment for you to come meet the animal of your choice. (Appointments can be made 7 days a week between 7am and 5pm) The shelter is still CLOSED to the public so we have to do the meets outside in the parking lot.

We do not have an adoption fee or an application fee. Animals do have to be sterilized and vaccinated before they leave if they havent been already. Its the law if you adopt from a municiple shelter. The veterinarian you choose will get your money. Not us. We work with a low cost clinic and have limited spots each week that you can use, or, you can use your own vet as long as they are close to Petersburg.

Applications are on our petfinder page (link above). If you decide to send one please attach a photo copy of your ID/DL. We cannot process it until we have that. The process can take anywhere from 2-8 days.

Applications need to be sent to

Always call the shelter if you need more info or have any other inquiries. If we cannot get to the phone right away please leave a voice message. We are extremely understaffed right now so thank you in advance for your patience!


Old guidelines;

Petersburg Animal Care and Control does NOT charge an adoption fee; however, we do require that all animals be spayed or neutered prior to leaving our facility.  The cost of the spay/neuter is paid for by the adopter.


What to Bring:

-Drivers License or other identification with your picture on it (We are NOT allowed to accept military IDs.)

-Proof of current address

Adoption Process:

-Sign our visitor book upon arrival

-Leave your cell phones/cameras, ect. in your vehicle or at the front counter. They are not permitted beyond our lobby.

-Wait to be escorted by one of our staff or volunteers.

-Do NOT place hands or other body parts in or near the kennels. If you are interested in a specific animal, please let the staff/volunteer know and they will arrange for you to go to our meet and greet area where you can further interact with the animal.

-From there, you are welcome to fill out an adoption application for the animal that you are interested in. Applications must be approved before we can schedule a meet and greet with your family pets. Meet and greets are by appointment only. For the safety of the animals, there must be two staff members present to handle ALL animals present during the meet and greet appointment.

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