County, Virginia Animal Control / Animal Shelter Policy
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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 basis.
Animals 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.
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.
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.