Animals & Pets

Citizens interested in adopting an animal are encouraged to visit the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center located at 341 S. Birdneck Road.

​​​​​​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

In addition to promoting responsible pet ownership, the division handles lost or injured animals and works to protect the public from animal-related communicable diseases such as rabies

Animal Control also enforces laws, regulations, codes and procedures concerning the care of domesticated animals and control of wild animals in order to ensure they are treated humanely. The division works with the local ASPCA and wildlife rescue organizations to ensure that strays or abused animals have an opportunity to find new homes as healthy, adoptable pets or live the remainder of their lives in a safe environment. 

To learn more about what to do with your animals in the event of an emergency or disaster, visit the Emergency Planning page.​