Amelia Animal Shelter

Senior Animal Control Officer
Brian Wootton

We are appointment only.  Visitors will
need to call and schedule an
appointment before coming in.
      Shelter Hours:

      Monday 10-6 
      Tuesday 10-3
      Wednesday 10-6
      Thursday 10-3
      Friday 10-3


(804) 561-3878  
Fax: (804)561-6039 


      16565 Five Forks Road              
      Amelia, VA  23002

The Amelia County Animal Shelter and Animal Control Office has two full-time and one part-time employee. The Animal Control Department utilizes a vast array of volunteers and volunteer groups to make the Amelia County Animal Shelter among the most efficient Public Shelters in the Commonwealth of Virginia at having animals adopted.  

Consequently, in recent years, the Animal Control Department has become a multi faceted organization balancing citizen safety with animal protection. Last year Amelia housed approximately 1,500 animals, which is nearly three times the number of animals that were housed in 1996. However, by maintaining a high degree of excellence, care and concern for our animals and their ultimate adoption, we can proudly say that we have become one of the top shelters of rural Virginia.  Animal Control officers work closely with with County Law Enforcement to enforce state laws and county ordinances as they apply to domestic animals.

The shelter includes six (6) large dog runs, allowing us to house twelve (12) large dogs at one time.  The shelter also has a puppy room with stainless steel rolling cages.

Emergency After Hours

Animal Control responds to calls after hours for emergencies only.  It is an emergency if a domestic, farm, or wild animal is threatening the life or safety of a human.  To report emergencies after hours, please call the Sheriff's Office at 804-561-2118. For non-emergencies, Animal Control can respond no sooner than the next day. 

Calls for Service

Calls for service are prioritized by time, date and severity of call.

Impounded Dogs

If your dog does not have identification, it will be kept for five (5) business days.  If the dog has not been claimed at the end of five (5) days, the animal may be placed for adoption or otherwise disposed of.  If the dog displays identification, the owner, if possible, will be notified of the impoundment and if no response, the animal may be placed for adoption or otherwise disposed of.   A $10.00 per day boarding fee will be assessed.