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To maintain essential services while keeping the health of staff, volunteers, and visitors at the forefront, the Spotsylvania County Animal Shelter will be implementing temporary changes for essential programs and services effective immediately. 

Animal Control

The Animal Shelter also houses a low cost spay/neuter clinic which is operated by the Lionhearts, Inc., a local humane organization. With the exception of puppies and kittens that are too young, all dogs and cats adopted from the shelter are neutered or spayed.  

The division conducts a rabies clinic on a Saturday during the spring and fall each year in order to enable citizens to vaccinate their pets at cost. The division also conducts public education programs such as rabies awareness and proper animal care/treatment in the public schools and at special events.

Shelter Volunteer

Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control recognizes the importance of volunteers who are dedicated to the care and placement of unwanted animals within the community.  Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer.

Participation in the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division’s Volunteer Program supports the Division’s efforts in the safe and efficient operation of the Animal Shelter with the ultimate goal of humane treatment and care for animals.  To accomplish this goal, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division is committed to effectively utilizing properly trained volunteer resources to supplement their well trained and experienced staff.

Hours of Operation/Location: 

Spotsylvania Animal Control/Animal Shelter 

450 TV Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Front Lobby

8AM - 4:30PM, Tuesday-Saturday

  • Animal Surrender

  • Redemptions

  • Trap pick-ups/returns

Adoption & Viewing Hours

12PM - 4PM, Tuesday-Saturday

  • Shelter hours are subject to change without notice.

Closed Sunday & Monday and all official holidays.

Adoption Fees: 

Includes spay or neuter and rabies vaccine.

  • Dogs- $85.00

  • Cats- $55.00

  • Small Animals- $20.00

  • Livestock- $65.00

Our Mission 


Help the animals of our community through the support and education of the people.

To achieve the mission, our goals are:

  • ​​​To shelter lost, abandoned, and neglected animals

  • To prevent cruelty, abuse, and neglect of animals

  • To place adoptable dogs and cats into good homes in the community

  • To prevent the birth of unwanted animals

  • To humanely euthanize animals who are not adoptable due to health or temperament

  • To provide the given freedoms

    • Freedom from hunger and thirst

    • Freedom from discomfort

    • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease

    • Freedom to express normal behavior

    • Freedom from fear, and distress

  • To educate the public about responsible animal ownership

Pet Finder

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Administrative Office Support 

Provides clerical support which may include filing, typing and helping with other office needs, contacting resources to update information.

Canine Walker 

Assists in the dogs receiving fresh air, exercise, and socialization.

Feline Helper 

Visits with the cats and kittens to help socialize, care, comfort, pet, brush, or simply provide some “lap time”. 

Greeter/Adoption Guide 

Directs/Assists visitor’s as they enter the animal shelter. Assists to increase the number and quality of adoptions by helping people to find the right pet. Volunteers walk visitors through kennel areas, explain foster/adoption procedures, answer questions, and help potential adopters with meet and greet of animals.


Bathes and brushes Animal Shelter animals to make them more comfortable during their stay, while it assists in them finding a home faster.

Shelter Aide 

Cleaning and maintaining shelter cages and facility structures; caring for the animals.

Temporary Foster Parents 

Provides a temporary home for very young, nursing or ill animals that are not ready to be placed for adoptions. While in the home responsible for taking videos and pictures to assist in promoting animal when available for a permanent home. 

Our "Wish List” items include:

  • ​​​Canned dog and cat food

  • Raw hides and other chew treats

  • Newspaper (Bundled)

  • New or used collars and leashes

  • Grooming brushes and shampoo

  • Towels, blankets and soft mats

  • New and used carrying crates and kennels

  • Cat litter

  • Animal Beds

  • Small Animal Cages (wire or glass)

  • Incubators

  • Neonatal care items

  • Formula for young Kittens and Puppies

  • Large animal and livestock handling equipment

All applications must be mailed or dropped off at:

Administrative Services Division P.O. Box 124, Spotsylvania VA 22553

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