Animal Control & Shelter

About the Animal Control Division and Animal Shelter

The Animal Control Division, supervised by the Operations Bureau Commander, is tasked with the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws relating to the control and protection of animals. One full-time Animal Control Officer, one cross-trained police officer and a part-time Shelter Aide operate and maintain the shelter in accordance with state laws. Animal Control Officers attend in-service training which provides updates on laws, procedures, and techniques.

SPCA Rainbow Garden Brick Program

Click picture for the form to take part in this program.
SPCA brick program

Adopting a Pet

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please visit the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter at 301 Charles Dimmock Parkway, Colonial Heights, VA. Adoption hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Saturday.

Visit our list of Adoptable Pets on Petfinder

Safe Pets Program

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and are not able to go to a shelter because of your pets, Colonial Heights Animal Control will care for your pets during that time.

Donations to the Animal Shelter The animal shelter welcomes donated items to help support our shelter. We accept:
  • gently used towels
  • blankets
  • newspaper
  • rubber dog toys
  • unopened bags of cat and dog food
  • canned dog and cat food
  • plastic balls/toys for cats

Kuranda BedDonate A Kuranda Bed

You can donate a Kuranda dog or cat bed or a fleece pad to the shelter by clicking image at right. These beds are chew-proof and easy to clean while still providing comfort for the animals while they are in our care.

The shelter greatly appreciates your support and donations!

License Information

Any dog or cat four months of age or older must have a city license. The license consists of a receipt and metal tag. The tag is marked Colonial Heights with a serial number and year in which the tag was issued. Tags should be fastened securely to a collar worn by the dog or cat.

Anyone who brings a dog or cat into the city must have it licensed within 30 days. Colonial Heights residents may obtain a license from the Treasurer's Office located at City Hall (201 James Avenue). You must furnish a certificate of rabies vaccination for each animal. No tag will be issued without proof the animal has been vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Rabies certificates and city license should be made available upon request for inspection by Animal Control.

The license fee is due annually by February 1st of each year. The fees are:
  • Male and Female dog - $10.00 (plus 25% late fee after February 1)
  • Male and Female cat - $10.00 (plus 25% late fee after February 1)
  • Unsexed Dog or Cat - $ 2.00 (plus 25% late fee after February 1)
  • Kennel License - $50.00

Number of Animals per Residence Limited

Ownership of more than four dogs and cats combined is prohibited in Colonial Heights. A special permit from City Council is required to keep more than four animals.

Impounded Animals

An impounded animal may be released to its owner upon payment of impoundment fees. Verification of rabies and city tags are also required. Animals that are impounded will be kept for 7 days, if not claimed during that holding period, the animal may be eligible for adoption. The impoundment fee is $20.00 for the first day of confinement and $5.00 for each day after.