Virginia Beach Animal Control

Virginia Beach Animal Control The Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit enforces all state and city animal care and cruelty laws and ordinances.

We at Virginia Beach Animal Control take great pride in ensuring that the animals that reside in our city are properly cared for. We enforce all state and city animal care and cruelty laws and ordinances. This page was created to help provide a glimpse into what it is we do. It will also aid in educating the public about important animal related laws. We thank you for following along, and supporting us in what we do! This page is not to be used as a sounding board to report possible animal cruelty or other animal related violations. If you have a complaint that you feel warrants investigation please call our dispatch at 757-385-4444. Criteria for Posting Information on Virginia Beach Animal Control: By posting on the Virginia Beach Animal Control page, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following Terms of Use. Fans of the Virginia Beach Animal Control page are encouraged to post information about issues affecting the city and its residents. We encourage discussion and varying viewpoints...; however, the Virginia Beach Animal Control page will not feature any of the following and reserves the right to delete posts/pictures/videos that include such items. • Solicitations or advertisements of any kind that are not officially sponsored or endorsed by the City of Virginia Beach • Nudity or pornography • Profanity or vulgar language • Personal attacks or threats against any person or group; libelous, harassing or abusive statements • Posting someone else’s personal information such as home address or phone number without their written consent • Establishments where the distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages is a primary business function • Activities restricted to adults • Tobacco and tobacco products • Firearms or other weapons • Hostility or violence toward any individual or group, including personal insults, libel, defamation of character • Attacks on ethnic, racial, gender or religious groups • Illegal discrimination against any group • Illegal or inappropriate use of firearms or drugs, or any illegal activity • Sexual overtone or innuendo • Posts by persons who are impersonating city officials or using false identities • Information harmful to children or is of a nature to frighten children, either emotionally or physically • Cruelty to animals • Online casino gaming, gambling or betting • Information affiliated with or promoting political campaigns In summary, please feel free to post your thoughts and opinions, whether positive, negative or indifferent, but please do it respectfully and without malice. If you use hateful, obscene or insulting language or launch personal attacks, we will delete your post. Virginia Beach Animal Control reserves the right to block users who repeatedly violate our terms of use.

Virginia Beach Animal Control would like to send our most heart felt condolences to the Young family, the Monroe County ...
06/05/2020

Virginia Beach Animal Control would like to send our most heart felt condolences to the Young family, the Monroe County Sheriffs department, and their Animal Control division.

Rest easy Officer Young.

Monroe County Sheriffs Department line of Duty Death.

Monroe county animal control officer Darrian Young passed away today after she was hit by a suspected drunk driver at M50 and Raisinville road in Monroe Township, 6-4-2020.

She was only 24 years old.......

Our hearts go out to the Family and the Monroe County Sheriffs Department Animal Control Division.

#DarrianStrong

Way to go team!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗
06/05/2020

Way to go team!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

Just before 10, on the morning of June 5th, VBFD's Ladder 2 was dispatched to Bayside High School to Assist an Animal Control Officer with the rescue of a crow, that had become ensnared on the limb of a Pine tree in front of the school. Somehow one of the bird's legs had gotten tangled in some fishing line which in turn, got tangled on a tree limb. Consequently the bird was unable to fly away. In just minutes, the bucket on the ladder truck reached the bird and Officer McQueen from Virginia Beach Animal Control was able to cut the line and safely remove the crow from the tree. She says the line did cause some minor injury to the bird's leg which will be treated before the animal is returned to the wild.

From our family to yours Happy Memorial Day!
05/25/2020

From our family to yours Happy Memorial Day!

05/21/2020

Yesterday Officers Lewis & Hayes responded to a call for a white crane tangled up in fishing line in the lake over by the soccer fields off Concert Dr. When they arrived on scene a concerned citizen led them to where the bird was. After several different attempts to pull the bird onto shore Officer Hayes ended up wading into the lake to cut him free. It’s unknown how long the bird was entangled, and it seemed to be shivering and very weak once they freed it. The bird was transported to a wildlife rehabber to recuperate.

Our Officers go to great lengths on a regular basis to not only help our citizens personal pets, but our local wildlife as well.

Shout out to the citizen who helped our Officers our on this call. We appreciate you!

05/19/2020
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NEWS RELEASE
Virginia Beach Police Department

Animals Law During the Season

Virginia Beach Animal Control is preparing for the start of the “season” and the changes in laws regarding the sand beaches and boardwalk begin at 6:00 pm on Friday May 22, 2020 and last through 6:00 pm on Monday September 7, 2020.

As a reminder no animals are allowed on the sand beach or the boardwalk from Rudee Inlet through 42nd St at any time of the day, with the exception of leashed dogs being allowed on the boardwalk only between the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 am. Any animals on Atlantic Ave, or in the parks and connector streets between Atlantic Ave and the boardwalk between Rudee Inlet and 42nd St must be in an escape proof container unless the animal is a dog, which must be on a leash.

On all other sand beaches dogs are not permitted on the beaches between the hours of 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.

If you bring your dog to the beach you are required to clean up any waste from your animal as well as have a container on your person by which to do so.

Guide, hearing, and/or service dogs trained to and in the company a person with a disability are exempt from all sections of the code with the exception of the requirement to clean up any waste from their dog.

Animal Control Officers will be patrolling the boardwalk and sand beaches of the city starting Friday May 22, 2020. Enforcement action will be taken for anyone found to be in violation of the code. For further information regarding the beach laws please click the link below:
https://library.municode.com/va/virginia_beach/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH6BEBOWA_ARTIINGE_S6-5ANBEADAR

Any further questions can be directed to Animal Control Supervisor Rebecca Franklin at 757 385 6579 or [email protected]

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05/10/2020

With all the wind we’ve been experiencing this past week AC Officers have been responding to a lot of calls for service for down Pelicans. Officers Blankenship and McQueen were busy the other day capturing and releasing.

Thank you to all our wildlife loving citizens for being concerned about local wildlife!

Hey y’all! It’s windy out there today! We have storms coming through our area later on today so PLEASE check your fences...
04/30/2020

Hey y’all! It’s windy out there today! We have storms coming through our area later on today so PLEASE check your fences and gates before letting pets out!!!!

Officers will be on call as usual. Please remember we are social distancing! In the event an officer has to respond out to you keep in mind they are still responding to calls as per usual in order to provide you with the highest quality of service. We are asking that everyone respect the 6-8 ft distance during this covid pandemic. It’s not only for our officers safety but yours as well!

If you need us please call dispatch at 385-4444 option #1

Stay safe and well!

Over the past couple of days, Lt. Lynch, Supervisor Conti, and Supervisor Franklin have tried to do a few things to cele...
04/15/2020

Over the past couple of days, Lt. Lynch, Supervisor Conti, and Supervisor Franklin have tried to do a few things to celebrate the amazing officers at VIrginia Beach Animal Control. April 12th through the 18 is National Animal Care and Control Week, this year we are celebrating in a low key way, but we wanted to make sure all of our residents know how great our officers are and that our officers know how much they mean to not only their coworkers and supervisors, but also to the citizens and animals they serve. If you all wouldn’t mind taking a moment to share some kind words, a fun interaction or photo, on this post that would be great. Also, if you happen to see one of our trucks in your area feel free to wave and say hello. We hope everyone is able to find some positives during this trying time. Stay safe!

Happy Easter out there to everyone! We hope that you all aren’t going too stir crazy during our current quarantine. We w...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter out there to everyone! We hope that you all aren’t going too stir crazy during our current quarantine.

We want everyone to be advised of the significant weather we are supposed to be experiencing on Monday. Use today to take precautions, secure all loose items in your yard, and please CHECK YOUR FENCES! We are expected to get high winds that can blow gates open and knock down fence panels. So be sure to check your yards before letting pets out.

As always our officers will be here to assist you should you need anything. Please be advised we are operating a little differently due to current covid situations. This is not only for our officers safety, but yours as well!

Stay safe and stay well out there! Enjoy your Easter Sunday and remember to check those fences!!!

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04/09/2020

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During these times of uncertainty for many in our community we wanted to find a way to lighten the burden as well as low...
04/08/2020

During these times of uncertainty for many in our community we wanted to find a way to lighten the burden as well as lower the potential need for any of our citizens to surrender their beloved pets. As such we wanted to share with our community that we do have a Pet Pantry available for citizens of Virginia Beach. Our goal is to provide food to any citizen that contacts us, please understand that this program is completely donation based, so we are asking that if you are currently able to afford food for your animal that you continue to purchase it yourself. If you should find yourself in a situation in which this virus has negatively affected you (loss of income, illness, quarantine due to potential risk to yourself or someone in your family) and you need some help feeding your animal please reach out. We absolutely do not want anyone making the decision as to whether to feed themselves or their animal.

Things to know:
1. You must be a current resident of Virginia Beach
2. Please feel free to message us via our page with your need.
3. You also can contact the shelter at 757 385 4444.
4. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help.

If you are interested in making a donation we would be honored to have you do so, as our goal is to limit contact as much as possible and stay within the guidelines Gov. Northam has placed, it would be best if you have any food donations shipped to the shelter. Our mailing address is 341 S. Birdneck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Please make sure you include a note that the items are for the Pet Pantry.

You also can check out the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center page to see their current list of needs/wants for the animals we have housed in the building.

One last thing, we know that our audience includes more than just Virginia Beach citizens and we wanted to provide a list of resources to animal lovers across the state. Thanks to our friends at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia Animal Control Association, the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters, the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, and the Humane Society of the United States we have an amazing list of Pet Pantries from around the state.

The list of Pet Pantries can be access by clicking "about" and menu on our page, or hopefully through this link:

https://www.facebook.com/858083154223283/menu/?p_ref=pa

Each page of the list is actually two pages in order to have all the information needed, so they are labelled in 1,2 order.

Another option for viewing Virginia Pet Pantry List:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/VBAnimalControl/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3218824294815812

03/21/2020

During the Covid-19 pandemic we here are Virginia Beach Animal Control would like to advise the community that we are still answering calls for service. We have altered some of how we respond to calls in light of mandates from the government and wanting to keep everyone healthy and safe. If an ACO comes to your residence they will be asking you to step outside to speak with you, and they will be practicing social distancing, please don't be offended if they take a step back or stand further away when speaking with you.

The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is still open; however, appointments are required for both surrenders, reclaims, and adoptions. Please contact the shelter at 757 385 4444 to inquire further, or check their page.

A few requests from us....

1. If at all possible please refrain from trapping animals right now.

2. While our goal is to always get lost pets back to their owners as quickly as possible, we are very much trying to keep additional animals out of the shelter, and lessen the need for their owners to come in to look for them. Take a moment to make sure your furry friend has their collar properly attached and that there is an identification tag attached. If your pet is micro chipped go online and check to see that the contact information is up to date. No one wants their animal to get out and possibly be put in harms way, but it happens (we can attest to the fact that it happens daily) so please take a moment to help us help you get your four legged loved one back if needed.

3. Please check on your neighbors , so many of our citizens are currently not working due to the pandemic, for many this means they are not receiving a paycheck. We know for some it may come down to whether to feed themselves or their pet, we hate to see that be a reality, but understand. If you need to surrender your pet, we are still taking surrenders; however, prior to making that decision, if it's due to lack of the ability to purchase food or supplies, please reach out, whether to us, friends, family, local food pantries, animal rescues, or the Food Bank (they have people and pet food). There are resources to assist with getting both you and your animal food, this is not the time for pride, it's a time to band together as a community.

4. We ask that you be patient with both our officers and dispatchers regarding response times. Our dispatchers handle all Police, Fire, EMS, and Animal Control related emergency and non emergency calls for the City of Virginia Beach. As I'm sure you can understand 911 calls take priority over any calls that come in to the non emergency lines. You may experience hold times (and yes you can be placed on hold on 911, there are only so many people in the room to answer the phones and only one call can be answered by a person at a time), please do not call 911 for an animal issue unless a person is actively being attacked. In regards to our officers, depending on call for service volume, and staffing it may take a bit longer for the officers to respond to you, but we will get to you, we promise.

5. Lastly, please be kind and stay safe. We hope those of you at home with your loved ones can take your minds off some of your worries while cuddling and playing with your pets and children.

Thank you for your support and understanding,
The Animal Control Officers of Virginia Beach

Today we honored to receive a memorial for one of our former officers.  DJ Hilton was a great officer and friend to many...
02/20/2020

Today we honored to receive a memorial for one of our former officers. DJ Hilton was a great officer and friend to many here at VBAC. We miss his infectious smile and unique sense of humor. Thank you to the Hilton family for thinking of us and providing our officers with not only a nice place to sit and enjoy the outside but also a daily reminder of something so important.

It’s a blustery day out there today folks! We still have a few chances of severe weather rolling through the area today....
02/07/2020

It’s a blustery day out there today folks! We still have a few chances of severe weather rolling through the area today. Please be sure to check you fences and gates!!!!

We have been saddened to learn about the loss of one our city’s firemen today, VBFD Captain Sean Land was a great man an...
02/05/2020

We have been saddened to learn about the loss of one our city’s firemen today, VBFD Captain Sean Land was a great man and he will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. Please keep The Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach 911 in your thoughts over the coming days.

It is with great sadness that the Virginia Beach Fire Department announces the sudden loss of Captain Sean Land who passed away this morning.
Sean began his career with the VBFD in January of 1990 and celebrated 30 years of service this year. He was assigned to Engine Company 17/B Shift in the Sandbridge section of the city. The Land family and the VBFD are interwoven in so many ways and we will mourn together in the coming weeks. We will also celebrate and remember Sean’s passion for serving his community and his immeasurable contributions to the fire department and the City of Virginia Beach.
Fire Chief David Hutcheson reminded everyone in the department this morning that, “This will be a tough time for Sean’s family, his crew, and the entire department. It is a significant loss for each of us personally and professionally. I know we will pull together as a family and support each other over the coming weeks.”

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12/04/2019

Reuniting a dog with its owner after being missing for over 19 days.... PRICELESS.

Please keep in mind when finding a companion animal, you are required to notify the public shelter (us in VB) within 48 hours, that was done for this dog, but on top of that, not everyone has social media accounts, and even some that do aren’t aware they can look online to find their missing pet, instead, they come to the shelter, which is why we encourage finders to have our officers bring the animals to the shelter to hopefully reunite them. If they don’t come looking, then the finder can legally adopt the animal after its legal stray hold time is met and everything is done through proper legal channels.

Everyone welcome Officer McQueen!Officer McQueen is no stranger to Virginia Beach, as she has been a volunteer at the sh...
11/23/2019

Everyone welcome Officer McQueen!

Officer McQueen is no stranger to Virginia Beach, as she has been a volunteer at the shelter since 2012. She previously worked for Chesapeake Animal Control as an Officer before taking some time off to stay home with her two small ADORABLE kids. After a few years the opportunity to come over to Virginia Beach as an Officer opened up and Officer McQueen decided to join our team for good!

While Officer McQueen enjoyed her time home with her kids, she said she truly loved her job as an ACO and knew that she wanted to get back to it. Her favorite types of calls to respond to are wildlife calls, because come on, who doesn’t want to take a selfie with an Oppossum!? She also enjoys investigating animal cruelty calls, she enjoys the challenge they present, and making a difference in an animal’s life for the better.

When Officer McQueen is not in uniform she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two kids, Emerson who is 3, and Valynn, who is almost 2. They also share their home with 2 Pit Bulls, Mae Belle & Maisey. A Dutch Shepherd, Mako & Maple, their cat. When she’s not wrangling animals, or kiddos you can find her at Crossfit Chesapeake coaching or working out. She also enjoys spending time at the barn getting her horse fix.

Officer McQueen is out on her own taking calls in the city. If you see her be sure to welcome her!

Address

341 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
23454

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 23:30
Tuesday 06:00 - 23:30
Wednesday 06:00 - 23:30
Thursday 06:00 - 23:30
Friday 06:00 - 23:30
Saturday 06:00 - 23:30
Sunday 06:00 - 23:30

Telephone

(757) 385-4444

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Our boy Remington was able to meet two officers this morning at Bayville Park.
Good Evening? Do you guys know of any facilities needing fosters during the outbreak?
Haven't seen Lucy hanging around Lynnhaven Parkway this week...has she been caught?
HELP! I have been calling animal control for 5 hours. NO ONE IS ANSWERING!😡
Thank you for reuniting us with our fur babies! Your caring hearts, fast response, professionalism, and patiently waiting for us to arrive back to Va Beach on New Years Eve to pick up our babies will never be forgotten. Office Lewis and others at animal control our local community is lucky to have you. Happy New Year!
Is there an update on Lucy, the pup at Lynnhaven Parkway?
LOST! yesterday in the Wesleyan Park area! Just transferred from San Diego recently so he isn’t familiar with his surroundings! He got out of the yard yesterday & wasn’t wearing his collar but he is microchipped but not registered in Nat’l registry, only with vets office. He’s a sweetheart & much loved so please help us find him & bring him home! He has 6 year old twins devastated & we miss him terribly! (808) 778-3299 or (434) 390-8848
Missing!
So I saw this on the net, and thought "What a great idea" we should all try to change this Area 51 nonsense into something good. Raid an animal shelter, save a life for real.
Hello Laskin road and surrounding neighbors I found these 2 on Laskin road right by the bridge male basset hound and female pit very friendly and well taken care of plz help find the owner !!!
Thank you for your service, tonight!!
any news about Rocky the Serval?