​​​​Yes, animals are available for adoption! Animals that are impounded at the Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center are held for a minimum of 5 days beginning on the first day after impoundment. Animals without a collar are held for 5 days, animals with a collar are held for 10 days. Adoptable animals are available for adoption, if not first claimed by their rightful owner.

​Sterilization of a dog or cat adopted from the Virginia Beach Animal Care & Adoption Center is required under Virginia State Code 3.2-6574

​​​Adoption Procedures

  1. Persons interested in adopting an animal are encouraged to visit the Care & Adoption Center. Some animals can go home right away, where others must be held for a few days before they can be released. Available adoptable animals are publicly viewable during our normal business hours.
  2. All citizens regardless of City of residence are welcome to adopt spayed or neutered dogs and cats from the Animal Care & Adoption Center. All dogs and cats available for adoption through the shelter will be spayed or neutered prior to adopter possession.
  3. All dogs and cats adopted from our Care & Adoption Center are given their vaccinations including rabies vaccination. Dogs are heartworm tested and cats are tested for FIV/Feline Leukemia. It is recommended that all adopters have their new pet examined by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of adoption. Routine health care for the life of your pet is very important. It is vitally important for adopters to locate a veterinarian/veterinary establishment for continued care. Adopters can visit​​ the Department of Health Professions website to assist in locating a licensed veterinarian. Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center takes the adoption of a pet very seriously and wants to help adopters and the new pet make a smooth transition into the home. If you are considering pet adoption, we encourage you to ask questions of our staff in order to make the best decision for your family. Pet ownership is a life-long responsibility.
  4. Persons who reside in Virginia Beach are required to purchase a Virginia Beach City License at the time of adoption.
  5. In order to adopt, interested adopters will complete a species specific adoption questionnaire/application and all dogs and cats already owned by the potential adopter are required to be current on rabies vaccines and City license (if applicable in the City of residence) at the time of adoption from the VBACAC.
  6. Persons who reside in a rental property are required to show proof that the animal being adopted is permitted at residence.
  7. Persons with a prior conviction of animal cruelty, failure to provide adequate care, or domestic violence related offenses will not be permitted to adopt from the VBACAC.

Adoption Fees

Animal TypeAdoption FeeSterilization Fee
License Fee
VB residents only
​Total Fees
Spayed/neutered at the expense of the City
$25$100$7 $132
Spayed/neutered not at the expense of the City
Spayed/neutered at the expense of the City
Spayed/neutered not at the expense of the City
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