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 the Chesterfield County Zoning Office at 804-748-1050.
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The animal shelter has a large variety of dogs and cats available for adoption. Please visit the Adopt a Pet section for detailed information about the adoption process.
Any dog 4 months of age or older must have a license.
To obtain a dog license, you must:
Chesterfield County now offers a lifetime dog license for $10. The license will remain valid as long as the dog's rabies vaccination is kept up to date.
Kennel licenses are available for those residing in an agricultural district who own more than 3 dogs. Kennel licenses are still issued annually. The license tax is payable on January 1 and must be paid no later than January 31 of each year.
The fees are as follows:
You can obtain a dog license at several county businesses, or by mail.
To obtain a dog license by mail:
If your dog or cat is lost:
If you find a dog or cat:
Please call the 804-748-1251, the police non-emergency number, if you need to speak with an Animal Services officer about:
If you wish to speak with a shelter representative, please call 804-748-1683 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
General email inquiries can be directed to the Animal Control Inquiries Email.
Animal Services does not handle calls for service related to barking dogs. Please call the police non-emergency number, 804-748-1251, to speak to a police officer.
Under Chesterfield County's current 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.
Looking for something fun to do with your furry friend in Chesterfield County? Many restaurants, stores and local shops welcome dogs, allowing you to spend even more quality time with your furriest of friends. Visit our blog post about Woof and Wag in Chesterfield County to learn more.