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 vio

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 vio

Operating as usual

06/29/2021

Over 150 Rabbits Impounded!

On June 29, 2021 Virginia Beach Animal Control responded to a complaint regarding an address Animal Control Officers had responded to in the past to assist the resident with her rabbits. Assistance had been provided to reduce the number to a manageable number in November of 2020, and the owner had made changes needed at that time to improve those conditions.

On Monday, however, when Animal Control Officers entered the residence, they found conditions had worsened and the number of rabbits had increased to an overwhelming amount. The owner released 156 rabbits to Animal Control at that time. The rabbits were then collected and transported to Animal Control at 341 S. Birdneck Rd, Virginia Beach, where they were evaluated, sorted based on s*x and age, and cared for.

The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center is now seeking the public’s assistance to find new homes for these rabbits. Rabbits have a very short gestation period (pregnancy) of 28-35 days, which is why the veterinarian staff are working hard to spay and neuter the rabbits prior to adoption.

If you are interested in adopting a rabbit, please contact Shelter Supervisor Jessica Wilde through her email at [email protected]. She is working to line up homes for the rabbits as they become available after their spaying and neutering.

If you are not in a position to adopt a rabbit, however, are interested in helping care for them while they are here at Animal Control, please see the list below of donations that could be used to assist them. These can be brought to the shelter and dropped off or ordered and shipped directly to the shelter at 341 S. Birdneck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
*leafy green veggies 🥬
*rabbit toys
*ceramic crocks
*oxbow young rabbit food
*oxbow rabbit treat
*grass hay (if you’re a local horse person and would like to drop off a bale we would love that!)

Any further questions can be directed to Animal Control Supervisor Meghan Conti at 757-385-6581 or [email protected]

Check out our unit at it again!
06/07/2021

Check out our unit at it again!

#MondayMotivation Here's a shout-out to Virginia Beach Animal Control Officers, especially those in training, such as Officer Queen who saved some ducklings who fell into a storm drain last week. With help from her training officer, she rescued and reunited them with their mother duck.

Today one of our rookies, Officer Frye (in photo) and Officer McQueen responded to 205 34th St. for a fire on the 15th f...
06/06/2021

Today one of our rookies, Officer Frye (in photo) and Officer McQueen responded to 205 34th St. for a fire on the 15th floor. A husky was removed from the fire. Thankfully there were no burns, just smoke inhalation. This pup was unconscious when the fire fighter found him but they immediately got him oxygen when they got him down to the street and the dog became alert and responsive. Our officers then transferred him to Bay Beach Vet Hospital for further treatment and his owners were notified. His name is Igor. What a successful and happy ending! Igor is expected to make a full recovery. He is still on oxygen. Thank you to our Officers and FD!!

Today one of our rookies, Officer Frye (in photo) and Officer McQueen responded to 205 34th St. for a fire on the 15th floor. A husky was removed from the fire. Thankfully there were no burns, just smoke inhalation. This pup was unconscious when the fire fighter found him but they immediately got him oxygen when they got him down to the street and the dog became alert and responsive. Our officers then transferred him to Bay Beach Vet Hospital for further treatment and his owners were notified. His name is Igor. What a successful and happy ending! Igor is expected to make a full recovery. He is still on oxygen. Thank you to our Officers and FD!!

Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder-Virginia Beach Animal Control is preparing for the start of the “season” and the ...
05/28/2021

Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder-

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 28, 2021 and last through 6:00 pm on Monday September 6, 2021.

Stay safe this weekend and have a happy holiday!

Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder-

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 28, 2021 and last through 6:00 pm on Monday September 6, 2021.

Stay safe this weekend and have a happy holiday!

Good morning facebook friends!On the evening of May 4th of this year, Bastet slipped out the door just before a storm ro...
05/22/2021

Good morning facebook friends!

On the evening of May 4th of this year, Bastet slipped out the door just before a storm rolled in. Bastet’s mom didn’t find out she had gotten out until 4:30am the next morning when she got up and she wasn’t in the home.

Her mom made posts on social media and was looking for her sweet kitty everywhere! You see she’s a very distinctive cat. Bastet was born with half of her tail and the end has a crook in it.

After 2 days missing (May 6th) someone in the neighborhood saw the post and texted the owner letting her know they had found the cat deceased from what looked like an animal attack and they had already disposed of the cat. They explained since it didn’t have a collar, they thought it was a stray.

Bastet’s family was very upset and heartbroken to find out the news. Over the next 2 weeks the family still held out hope that it wasn’t Bastet that the neighbors found.

That same night, a citizen found a cat and was able to secure it for the evening with a local cat rescue until Virginia Beach Animal Control was contacted. ACO Davenport responded to a call for service and was able to reach out to Bastet’s owner after being made aware that the black cat she picked up from the rescue matched the missing kitty’s description.

The following afternoon ACO Davenport was able to meet with Ms. Katie Dejarnette and confirm the found cat was for sure her beloved Bastet!

This story is a GREAT example of all the citizens, rescue volunteers and shelter workers coming together to help reunite a family and their sweet pets!

We are so happy to report Bastet is home with her family safe and sound!! Here are some pictures when they were reunited and at home again!

05/17/2021
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Animal Beach Laws 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 28, 2021 and last through 6:00 pm on Monday September 6, 2021.

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 28, 2021. 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 Meghan Conti at 757-385-6581 or [email protected]

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Here are some helpful tips for the baby birds!
05/06/2021

Here are some helpful tips for the baby birds!

We are getting a lot of calls about baby birds, so our partners at Richmond Animal Care and Control would like for everyone to follow these guidelines!

Good morning Facebook friends! Don’t worry about Opossums! Of course if you find one inside your home, we will be there ...
04/28/2021

Good morning Facebook friends! Don’t worry about Opossums! Of course if you find one inside your home, we will be there to assist you.

Opossums are generally nocturnal, foraging throughout the night. But it is not at all unusual to see an opossum out during the day. They also can be seen in the day when food is scarce or when they have been disturbed from their sleeping quarters.

Good morning Facebook friends! Don’t worry about Opossums! Of course if you find one inside your home, we will be there to assist you.

Opossums are generally nocturnal, foraging throughout the night. But it is not at all unusual to see an opossum out during the day. They also can be seen in the day when food is scarce or when they have been disturbed from their sleeping quarters.

Good morning Facebook friends!We are receiving a lot of calls for baby ducks, rabbits, and other wildlife. This is an ol...
04/25/2021
What To Do If You Find Baby Wildlife • The National Wildlife Federation Blog

Good morning Facebook friends!

We are receiving a lot of calls for baby ducks, rabbits, and other wildlife. This is an older article but has some very helpful tips on what to do if you find some wildlife babies.

Our officers may not remove certain healthy wildlife from its habitat because the mother will come back when the area is clear but you can still call for someone to come out and make sure everything is okay.

Our officers may also refer citizens to a wildlife group in the area to help deal with any potential orphaned wildlife like Tidewater Wildlife Rescue

https://blog.nwf.org/2018/04/what-to-do-if-you-find-baby-wildlife/

Spring is here, and with it comes baby wildlife season. As the warm season progresses, the chance of encountering young animals from baby birds to lone deer fawns to baby squirrels …

04/16/2021
Animal Control Officer Appreciation

Good morning Facebook friends! It’s Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week and here at Virginia Beach Animal Control our officers have been hard at work. So this is a short video of our unit over the years!

04/11/2021
2021 Animal Control Appreciation Week

Our unit is very special and the rest of the state has so many great officers! Thank you for doing a great job of keeping the animals safe and providing education to the community on animal husbandry!

Good afternoon Facebook friends! Just a friendly reminder about our sheltering requirements during severe weather. Stay ...
02/17/2021

Good afternoon Facebook friends! Just a friendly reminder about our sheltering requirements during severe weather. Stay safe and keep your animals safe!

Crazy winter weather is headed our way!! Adequate shelter is mandatory. Here's what the law in Virginia requires:

"Adequate shelter" means provision of and access to shelter that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of each animal; provides adequate space for each animal; is safe and protects each animal from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail, direct sunlight, the adverse effects of heat or cold, physical suffering, and impairment of health; is properly lighted; is properly cleaned; enables each animal to be clean and dry, except when detrimental to the species; during hot weather, is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat; during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides a quantity of bedding material consisting of hay, cedar shavings, or the equivalent that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat; and, for dogs and cats, provides a solid surface, resting platform, pad, floormat, or similar device that is large enough for the animal to lie on in a normal manner and can be maintained in a sanitary manner. Under this chapter, shelters whose wire, grid, or slat floors (i) permit the animals' feet to pass through the openings, (ii) sag under the animals' weight, or (iii) otherwise do not protect the animals' feet or toes from injury are not adequate shelter. The outdoor tethering of an animal shall not constitute the provision of adequate shelter (a) unless the animal is safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment; (b) during the effective period for a hurricane warning or tropical storm warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service; or (c)(1) during a heat advisory issued by a local or state authority, (2) when the actual or effective outdoor temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or (3) during the effective period for a severe weather warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service, including a winter storm, tornado, or severe thunderstorm warning, unless an animal control officer, having inspected an animal's individual circumstances in clause (c)(1), (2), or (3), has determined the animal to be safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment."
http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title3.2/chapter65/section3.2-6500/

Report neglect/cruelty to your local animal care and control agency.

We love to be represented by the best! Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work!
02/12/2021

We love to be represented by the best! Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work!

Good Afternoon Friends! What a way to wake up this morning with all this snow!!! Our officers had to do a little prep to...
01/28/2021

Good Afternoon Friends! What a way to wake up this morning with all this snow!!! Our officers had to do a little prep to operate our trucks for continued service to the community! Be safe out there!

12/23/2020

On December 22, 2020, at approximately 11:00 am, Animal Control was advised of a dog that was found deceased by the family the night prior with suspicious wounds in the 1300 block of Public Landing Road in the City of Virginia Beach. Animal Control responded and is actively investigating the case. The dog, a beagle, has been taken to Virginia Beach Animal Control for a necropsy to be conducted.

Anyone with information regarding the dog is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by submitting a tip by texting “VBTIP” and the information to CRIMES (274637). Callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward if their information leads to an arrest.

The case remains under investigation by Animal Control Officer J. Walter.

Great job! Love to see our fellow first responders putting in time for a great cause!
12/20/2020

Great job! Love to see our fellow first responders putting in time for a great cause!

A little horsin' around this holiday season...to benefit local charities! Our friends at EQUIKIDS and the "Friends of the VBMP" helped coordinate a drive-thru holiday food and toy drive. A shout out to VBSO, VBFD, VBEMS and VBPD Special Operations for helping light the way! A HUGE thank you to all who came by and helped fill our trailer with food and gifts to be donated to a local shelter and Toys for Tots - you've earned a spot on Santa's nice list!!

12/15/2020

On November 24, 2019 at approximately 9:30 pm, animal control officers responded to the 4300 block of Tillman Drive to assist police officers after a citizen called Emergency Communications regarding a dispute. When animal control officers arrived, they were advised a pet rabbit had been killed during the dispute.

The investigation led to the suspect, Jeffery Lynn Thomas Jr., 28, of the 200 block of Dumont Ave in Portsmouth, being charged with Animal Cruelty. After numerous continuances, for different reasons, the case was adjudicated Monday, December 14, 2020, in Virginia Beach General District Court. Thomas was found guilty and ordered to serve 365 days in jail with 345 days suspended, pay $500 in fines with $250 suspended, all pending two years of good behavior.

The case was investigated by Animal Control Officer Phyllis Buckner as the lead investigator.

Address

341 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
23454

Opening Hours

Monday 6am - 11:30pm
Tuesday 6am - 11:30pm
Wednesday 6am - 11:30pm
Thursday 6am - 11:30pm
Friday 6am - 11:30pm
Saturday 6am - 11:30pm
Sunday 6am - 11:30pm

Telephone

(757) 385-4444

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Thank you awesome Officer Davenport for your help this morning. ❤️
UPDATE: Mollie came home at 6am 13 Apr. Thank you for all the love and prayers. Female beagle (approximately 7 years old) answers to Mollie. Broke tie out leash approximately 8pm 12 April in Alexandria subdivision (near the intersection of Kempsville Road and Centerville Turnpike Virginia Beach, VA). Mollie is microchipped and can be scanned by Animal Control, SPCA or any vet. I adoped her from the VBSPCA. My contact information is on the microchip. Need my friend back.
TJ aka "Sam" is doing wonderful🐶❤️ he loves his baths and let us trim him and his skin and coat are looking amazing! He has transitioned wonderfully over the past 2.5 weeks! ... and he's just a wee bit spoiled💕
Could this be Rocky?
A big thank you to VB Animal Control for help with another possum problem late yesterday. Hearts warmed that you could rescue some orphaned baby possums.
Our boy Re*****on 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