Wise County, Virginia Animal Control / Animal Shelter Policy

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To report stray animals please contact Animal Control at (276) 679-6750 between the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays.

To adopt pets, visit the Animal Shelter during the following hours:

  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Monday thru Friday

All animals available for adoption are released on a first come, first serve basisAnimals will not be reserved for anyone.  Wise County reserves the right to refuse the adoption or release of any animal that is considered to be a danger to the public or a public nuisance.  No out-of-state adoptions are permitted.  All stray animals are held at the shelter for 5 days, 10 days if wearing a collar, before being offered for adoption or being euthanized. 

All adopted animals are required to be spayed/neutered by VA Code Section 3.1-796.126:3 at the adopters expense.  Also, VA Code Section 3.1-796.97:1 requires all owners of a domesticated dog or cat to have the animal vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian when the animal reaches the age of 4 months.  

County ordinance requires all dogs kept in Wise County to have a County Dog license.  County Dog licenses can be purchased at the Wise County Treasurer's office in the County Courthouse, Wise Virginia.  The price of licenses are as follows:

  • 1 year – $5.00
  • 3 year – $12.00
  • Kennel Tags of twenty (20) dogs – $25.00, plus $0.50 for each dog in excess of twenty (20)

To purchase a dog license you must show proof of current rabies vaccination.

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