Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
Your pet may face new outside dangers, including wild animals that may not only damage your home but also introduce diseases and parasites into your home. In Hampton Roads, these animals typically include raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, beavers, bobcats, opossums, nutria and more. Keep animals on a leash in wooded areas, and contact professional animal control officers to help remove any threatening wildlife.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
General information 804-367-1000
Wild animal issues 855-571-9003
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is responsible for managing inland fisheries, wildlife and recreational boating to ensure optimum populations of wildlife and inland fish for all to enjoy; to provide educational outreach programs to foster an appreciation for fish and wildlife resources and habitats; and to promote hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.
Chesapeake Animal Services Unit
2100 S. Military Highway
Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-382-8080
Chesapeake Animal Services Unit operates under the police department and is staffed by animal control officers trained to enforce city and state animal laws. For more information, visit the Chesapeake Animal Services Unit website.
Chesapeake Humane Society
312 N. Battlefield Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-546-5355
The Chesapeake Humane Society provides low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services, financial assistance to shelter animals in immediate medical need and off-site adoption events. The organization promotes the welfare of animals through programs that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable care.
City of Franklin Animal Control
1024 Pretlow St.
Franklin, VA 23851 757-562-8605
City of Franklin Animal Control operates under the police department, which enforces animal laws and responds to complaints of animal cruelty or neglect.
Gloucester County Animal Control
6489 Main St., Room 126
Gloucester, VA 23061 804-693-5290
The animal control department is responsible for the enforcement of state and county laws regulating the keeping of domestic animals within the county. For animal shelter hours of operation, pet license requirements and information about coyotes, visit the Gloucester County Animal Control website.
Hampton Animal Control
22 Lincoln St.
Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-6111
Animal Control enforces city and state animal ordinances, educates the community on responsible pet ownership and investigates complaints of animal cruelty or neglect as well as animal bites. It also educates the community about wildlife concerns. For shelter hours, pet licensing or other information, visit the Hampton Animal Control website.
Isle of Wight Animal Control
13044 Poor House Road
Isle of Wight, VA 23397 757-365-6318
Isle of Wight Animal Control is committed to public safety and animal protection through sheltering, adoption programs, education and animal law enforcement. It operates a shelter where dogs, cats and other companion animals are available for adoption.
James City County Animal Control
430 Waller Mill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-565-0370
The James City County Animal Control, located inside the Heritage Humane Society facility, is responsible for the welfare of animals in the community including problem, neglected and dangerous animals and for enforcing animal laws. For information about hours of operation, pet licensing, lost pets or adoption opportunities, visit the James City County Animal Control website.
Newport News Animal Services Division
5843 Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, VA 23605 757-595-7387
The Animal Services Division supports responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of animals, pet identification, spay-neuter programs and management of pet overpopulation. The division is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals by enforcing state and city animal welfare laws and investigating complaints of abuse or neglect. For more information, visit the Newport News Animal Services Division website.
Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center
5585 Sabre Road
Norfolk, VA 23502 757-441-5505
Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center is the city’s animal sheltering facility, which provides a safe haven for animals in need. Animals are never turned away. The center cares for nearly 6,000 animals each year. For more information, visit the Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center website.
Norfolk Animal Protection Unit
2500 N. Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502 757-664-7387
The Animal Protection Unit is responsible for enforcing animal laws, licensing and cruelty investigations. The Animal Protection Unit operates under the Norfolk Police Department.
Portsmouth Humane Society
4022 Seaboard Court
Portsmouth, VA 23701 757-397-6004
The Portsmouth Humane Society promotes the adoptions of homeless animals in the community into loving, permanent homes. The nonprofit also provides education and community outreach programs to help decrease pet overpopulation. The Portsmouth Humane Society is the oldest continuously operating animal welfare organization in Virginia.
Portsmouth Animal Control
711 Crawford St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704 757-393-8257
The Animal Control Unit operates under the police department, which responds to complaints regarding animal bites, stray animals, wild animals, animals in distress and injured animals. Animal Control officers take stray or surrendered animals to the Portsmouth Humane Society, which provides for the care and housing of these animals.
Southampton Animal Control
22336 Main St.
Courtland, VA 23837 757-653-2100
Animal control is managed by the Southampton Sheriff’s Office, which has trained personnel assigned to animal control. The department is responsible for pet licensing and promoting the humane treatment of animals and prevention of cruelty to animals. For more information, visit the Southampton Animal Control website.
Suffolk Animal Control Bureau
Suffolk, VA 23434 757-514-7855
Suffolk Animal Care maintains a shelter to protect, house, feed and euthanize (only if necessary) stray, injured, abused or unwanted animals. It also handles adoptions and redemption of stray animals. Suffolk Animal Care provides education programs on the importance of humane care, rabies vaccinations and spaying or neutering to prevent unwanted pet populations as well as raising awareness of state and city laws pertaining to domestic animals.
Virginia Beach Animal Control
341 S. Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-385-4444
Although pet licensing is coordinated through the city Treasurer’s Office, most pet and animal services are provided by the Police Department’s Animal Control Division. The division promotes responsible pet ownership, handles lost or injured animals and works to protect the public from animal-related communicable diseases such as rabies. Animal Control enforces laws concerning the care of domesticated animals and control of wild animals to ensure they are treated humanely. The division works with the local ASPCA and wildlife rescue organizations to ensure that strays and abused animals have an opportunity to find new homes as adoptable pets or live the remainder of their lives in a safe environment.
Williamsburg Animal Control
430 Waller Mill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188 757-565-0370
Williamsburg contracts with James City County Animal Control for services concerning the welfare of animals, licensing and adoptions.
York County Animal Control
301 Goodwin Neck Road
Yorktown, VA 23690 757-890-3601
The Animal Control Bureau operates under the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety. York County Animal Control officers are responsible for the welfare of animals in the community including problem, neglected and dangerous animals, for enforcing animal laws and for preventing cruelty to animals. For information about hours of operation, pet licensing, lost pets or adoption opportunities, visit the York County Animal Control website.
Veterinary services in Hampton Roads are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. A place to start looking for a veterinarian is the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association at www.vvma.org. Another source is the Southeast Virginia branch of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Facebook page, www.fb.com/SHRVMA.