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"We can't change their past, but we can change their future."


Welcome to the Stafford County Animal Shelter, where we're dedicated to providing a safe haven for our beloved four-legged companions.

As an open admission facility, we welcome pets from all Stafford County residents and make it our mission never to turn anyone away due to space constraints. Our primary goal is to find loving homes for all adoptable animals in our care as swiftly as possible. Additionally, we serve as a temporary home for stray animals discovered within our county, working tirelessly to reunite them with their owners.



*Please Note: Adoption and Surrender services concluding at 5:00 PM on weekdays and 3:30 PM on Saturdays*

Weekdays from 11:00AM to 5:30PM Saturdays from 9:30AM to 4:00PM

Closed on Sundays and Holidays


June 2024 Update


We at Stafford County Animal Shelter are reaching a breaking point. Our resources and staff are exhausted, and we desperately need your help.

This month alone, we’ve had a record 32 dogs surrendered to our shelter in just 20 days.

In addition, this month we’ve housed 23 stray dogs, with only 18 being reunited with their owners so far. In total, this leaves us with 57 dogs currently in our care - 41 of them are available for adoption.

This situation is unprecedented and simply not maintainable. Despite reaching out to our community countless times in the past few months, we find ourselves in an even worse situation each time we catch a glimpse of relief and the fact is, we are now at a breaking point.

We are NOT a no-kill facility. The harsh reality is that without immediate assistance, we are running out of options for these loving animals who deserve a second chance.

If you or someone you know is looking to adopt a dog or if your organization can help, we implore you to please step forward. Your help can make all the difference. Come rescue one of our many dogs and give them the loving home they so desperately need.

Until further notice, we will be taking surrenders on an emergency only basis. Additionally, adoption fees will be waived for the remainder of the month.

Please share this post and help us spread the word.

Animal Control

For Animal Control related issues or animal emergencies, you can reach Animal Control 24/7 by calling 540-658-7387 and selecting option 1.

If you're in a situation where your pet has been picked up by Animal Control, if you're searching for a lost pet, or if you're considering surrendering an animal to our shelter, it's crucial to connect directly with our dedicated shelter staff during our regular business hours. Animal control is unable to assist with these specific matters, so for the best and most effective support, please reach out to our team who are here to provide the care and guidance you need. Your pet's well-being and safety are our top priorities, and we're here to help during our operational hours. You can reach shelter staff at 540-658-7387 and select option 4.

Surrendering a Pet

We understand that sometimes circumstances arise that make it necessary to give up your beloved pet. We are here to assist you through this process. Before proceeding with surrendering your pet to the animal shelter, we would like to provide you with some helpful information to ensure a seamless transition for you, your pet and our staff.

We kindly request specific items when surrendering an animal:

1. A valid Driver's License or photo ID

2. Proof of Stafford County residency

3. Pertinent pet records such as medical records or documents from the place where you

acquired your pet.

4. A completed information form about your pet's habits and behaviors.


While it's not obligatory, ensuring your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations and sterilized prior to surrender can significantly enhance their chances of finding a new, loving family. We greatly appreciate your assistance in this regard.

For more information, see our Pet Owner Resources section.


Stay Tuned for more exciting events with Stafford County Animal Shelter!


You can make a world of difference in a shelter pet’s life by donating a Kuranda bed. These beds keep pets comfortable and dry off the floor. They are easy to keep clean, odor free and last for years. Prices are specially discounted for donation and items ship directly to the shelter in your name. You can donate here: DONATE A BED. Thank you so much from all of our shelter pets. Nothing beats a cozy place to sleep.


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