Animal Services

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Enforcing Animal Welfare

Chesterfield Animal Services serves, protects and promotes safety through the education of our community regarding responsible pet ownership and the enforcement of violations of law pertaining to animal welfare.

Adoptions by Appointment Only

The Chesterfield Animal Shelter is open for adoptions by appointment only. To schedule an adoption appointment, call 804-748-1683, option 2, Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

How Animal Services Can Help

View our current adoptable pets and learn more about how to adopt a pet, including special adoption programs. Help Animal Services reunite pets and owners by reviewing what to do regarding lost, found or impounded pets.

Local Pet Laws

County Ordinances

Review a listing of all Chesterfield County ordinances pertaining to animals.

Required Vaccinations of Dogs and Cats

Per Chesterfield code, any dog or cat four months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician. This is required for lifetime dog license applications.

Running at Large Ordinance

Under Chesterfield County's current running at large ordinance (former leash law), a dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming or running off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control.

Zoning Ordinance

Per the zoning ordinance, ownership of more than three adult dogs per family is prohibited in any residential district without a special exception permit. If you need a special permit, contact Planning at 804-748-1050.

Boundary Lines for Farm Animals

The boundary line of each lot or tract of land is the lawful limit for any domesticated livestock, including horse, mule, cattle, hog, sheep or goat. It is unlawful for the owner or manager of any such animal to permit it to run at large beyond the boundaries of confined area. Any person violating this law is subject to a fine of up to $250.

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